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.




Goulbourn Museum

Goulbourn Museum