Violet Florence Martin(1862-1915), Novelist; wrote under the pseudonym Martin Ross and with Edith Somerville as Somerville and Ross
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Violet Martin was born in 1862 at Ross House in County Galway and from 1889 wrote under the pseudonym Martin Ross. Having persuaded her cousin, Edith Somerville to join her in a collaborative writing career, the pair wrote as Somerville and Ross, enjoying great success with novels that offered a humorous take on their Anglo-Irish experience. These included most famously Some Experiences of an Irish RM (1899). They fell out of favour post Irish Independence. A suffragist from 1908, she became Vice-President of the Munster Women's Franchise League, while Somerville was President.