Dr. Frances Finnegan was born in England and read Modern History at the University of York. (1967).
Her D.Phil. (1976) from the same University was on the Irish community in York in the Victorian period, and was based on a detailed survey of the Census Enumerators' Notebooks and other primary and rarely used sources.
Before she moved to Ireland in 1979, she was Research Fellow at the University of York, and later became Lecturer in Social History at the Waterford Institute of Technology, a position she held until her retirement three years ago.
She has lectured extensively on the Irish Workhouse system; Magdalen Asylums in England and Ireland, and on he subject of her most recent book - Dorothea Herbert.
She lives near Carrick-on-Suir, has two daughters and three grandsons, and now spends much of her time in Venice.
Further Books by Frances Finnegan: Published by Congrave Press
By the same Author (available from Cambridge University Press)