Our April meeting will be on 11th April at 7:00 p.m. in the Irish and Local Studies Library.
Born in Belfast in 1770, her father was Captain John McCracken, a Ulster Scot Presbyterian and a prominent shipowner; her mother Ann Joy, came from a French Protestant Huguenot family, which made its money in the linen trade and founded the Belfast News Letter. Mary Ann’s liberal and far-sighted parents sent her to David Manson’s progressive co-educational school, where ‘young ladies’ received the same education as the boys.
She was the sister of Henry Joy McCracken one of the founding members of the United Irishmen Society who was executed in Belfast in 1798. After Henry’s execution in 1798, she and her sister Margaret opened a muslin manufacturing business at 27 Waring Street, Belfast.
She died in 1866 at the age of 96 years, and is buried in Clifton Street cemetery