Violet Florence Martin was born in Ross House, Connemara, County Galway on the 11th of June 1862. She was the youngest of 16 children. The family were well to do and belonged to one of the 14 Tribes of Galway.
Violet had a talent for writing. In her lifetime she wrote 13 novels with her cousin, Edith Somerville. Together the pair published as Somerville and Ross. The pair lived together in County Cork after first meeting in 1886. Their writing was responisble for inspiring the popular television series, The Irish R.M.
Violet was a suffragette and staunch unionist, working closely with the Munster Womens Franchise League. She was on good terms with the members of the Gaelic literary revival.
Violet died on the 21st of December 1915 from complications resulting from a bad horse riding injury some years prior.