Moira Verschoyle

Moira Hamilton Verschoyle (17 December 1903 – 13 January 1985) was an Irish novelist and playwright.[2][3][4]

Moira Verschoyle
Moira Hamilton Verschoyle

17 December 1903
Died13 January 1985[1]
Warren Chetham-Strode
(m. 1927; died 1974)

Life and careerEdit

Verschoyle was born in Limerick and raised in Castle Troy on the banks of the River Shannon, where she was privately educated by governesses. She was born into the Verschoyle family, a prominent landed family of Dutch descent, the daughter of Captain Frederick Thomas Verschoyle, who had been a 2nd Brig. South Irish Div. R.A. and was now a Land Agent, and his wife Hilda Caroline Hildyard Blair who was part of the Plantagenet Roll of Blood Royal. Her grandfather was Hamilton Verschoyle. Verschoyle had an older brother Frederick and an older sister Hilda.[2] Verschoyle worked on the London stage during and after the Second world war.[5][6][7]

Verschoyle married Horace de Heriz Smith (later Heriz-Smith)[8] of Bordighera, Italy, in Penang on 3 April 1922.[9][10] He was an experienced planter in Malaya and they divorced.[11] She returned to the UK within a few years and he later remarried.[12]

While based in Sussex Verscholye married the writer Reginald Warren Chetham-Strode on 16 July 1927 with whom she had one son, who died young.[13] Along with the novels and autobiography she produced and the work in theatre, Verschoyle also wrote articles for newspapers.[14] She died in January 1985 in Hastings.[11]


  • Children in Love (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1961)
  • Daughters of the General (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1963)
  • So Long to Wait: an Irish Childhood (London: Geoffrey Bles 1960), autobiography
  • ITV play of the week- The Young May Moon (1958)

Further readingEdit

"A LIMERICK CHILDHOOD" (PDF). Limerick city. Retrieved 30 November 2016.


  1. ^ England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
  2. ^ a b Burke, Sir Bernard, ed. (1906). Burke's Irish Family Records (5th ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 1165–1166.
  3. ^ "Moira Verschoyle". Ricorso. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Birth record" (PDF). Https. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ J. P. Wearing (22 August 2014). The London Stage 1940-1949: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-8108-9306-1.
  6. ^ Jeffrey E. Long (2007). Remembered Childhoods: A Guide to Autobiography and Memoirs of Childhood and Youth. Libraries Unlimited. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-1-59158-174-1.
  7. ^ The Marquis of Ruvigny and Ranieval (1 May 2013). The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Mortimer-Percy Volume. Heritage Books. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-7884-1872-3.
  8. ^ "No. 33515". The London Gazette. 9 July 1929. p. 4583.
  9. ^ "Newspaper Article - WEDDINGS AT PENANG". The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser. 4 April 1922. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Newspaper Article". The Straits Times, 4 April 1922, Page 8. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Clifton RFC History - WW1 - Warren Chetham-Strode". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Ship Kuala Passenger List" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  13. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry Of Ireland. 1976. p. 1166.
  14. ^ Michael Pierse (14 December 2010). Writing Ireland's Working Class: Dublin After O'Casey. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 357–. ISBN 978-0-230-31840-3.