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Mary Ann McCracken - Donegall Pass, Belfast, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 54° 35.404 W 005° 55.782
30U E 310712 N 6053121
Quick Description: This Ulster History Circle blue plaque tells us that Mary Ann McCracken, a social reformer, "lived here". The plaque is attached to a building on the north side of Donegall Pass.
Location: Ulster, Ireland
Date Posted: 10/8/2019 11:05:36 AM
Waymark Code: WM11EGY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:

The wording on the Ulster History Circle blue plaque reads:

Ulster History Circle

Mary Ann
1770 - 1866
Social reformer
lived here

The Ulster History Circle website has an article about Mary Ann McCracken that tells us:

Favourite sister of Henry Joy McCracken (q.v.), with whom she shared the progressive, philanthropic heritage of the McCracken and Joy families. Like Henry, she was interested in reviving the ancient poetry and music of Ireland – they were both enthusiastic supporters of the Belfast Harp Festival of 1792 – and devoted herself to a number of progressive causes.

After Henry’s execution in 1798 she and her sister Margaret opened a muslin business at 27 Waring Street, Belfast; during the rest of her long life Mary Ann worked for various philanthropic causes, such as the welfare of women and children, the abolition of slavery, and political equality for women. She was particularly interested in the Charitable Institution (the Belfast poorhouse).

After Henry’s death she defied family opposition and brought up his illegitimate daughter Maria in the family home. She was buried in Clifton Street cemetery, in the shadow of the poorhouse to which she had devoted so much of her energy.

Blue Plaque managing agency: Ulster History Circle

Individual Recognized: Mary Ann McCracken

Physical Address:
62 Donegall Pass
Belfast, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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