Mary Tighe: Psyche or the legend of love

Scope and Content

A copy of Psyche, or the legend of love, 193 numbered pages, made by M. Heath from a copy sent to Dr Vaughan by the author. There is a frontispiece and three full-page illustrations, the latter probably by James Heath.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary Tighe (1772-1810), poet, was born in Ireland on 9 October 1772, the daughter of the Revd William Blachford. She married her cousin, Henry Tighe of Woodstock, co. Wicklow, in 1793. She published the poem Psyche, or the legend of love privately in 1805. She died at Woodstock, co. Kilkenny, on 24 March 1810.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Mary Tighe in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, vol. XIX (London, 1909), pp. 868-869.

Other Finding Aids



The collection is no. 22 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 5.