The Linen Hall Library hosted a lecture on the letters and legacy of Mary Ann McCracken by Cathryn McWilliams on Friday 26th April, 2019.
Born in 1770, Mary Ann McCracken became one of the first female members of the Linen Hall Library in November 1798 when she assumed the membership of her brother Henry Joy McCracken who was executed in July of that year for his role in the United Irishmen rebellion.
Mary Ann lived a long and remarkable life as, among other things, a keen campaigner for social justice and the poor of Belfast.
Cathryn McWilliams is a doctoral researcher working on the letters and legacy of Belfast icon Mary Ann McCracken (1770 - 1866). Having conducted extensive archival research throughout Ireland, she is currently compiling a scholarly edition of McCracken’s letters.
Listen to Cathryn's fascinating talk via the link above