Monday, 4 June 2012

JANE VAUGHAN: A lady in love with an Irish soldier

War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration

Her family was fleeing the troubles in Ireland when a shipboard romance changed a young girl’s life. The image is the front cover of Jane Barrett’s 1976 novel, Woman of Ireland.

Lady Jane Copeland fell madly in love with the handsome passenger on the tall ship heading for the Canadian colonies. But her Irish mother was not happy at the intention of her teenaged daughter to marry this red-coated soldier from the 100th Regiment of Foot, especially during a war with the United States. But the headstrong girl married William Vaughan without her mother’s blessing.

Discover more about Jane Vaughan at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo-booth.


  1. this lady was my grandmothers grandmother, i ve had her book for years,,

  2. june 17th is a monday ,, is the exibit on the sunday june 16th??

  3. Thanks for sharing that family connection, Joan! How wonderful! The Exceptional Women exhibit was part of our 2012 event. This year our War of 1812 Tribute is being held on Sunday, June 16th and we will be launching a new, interactive exhibit that shows a timeline of the 100th Regiment during the war. With that said, it's not too late to catch the Exceptional Women exhibit! It will be on display at the Stittsville branch of the Ottawa Public Library during the month of August 2013.