In 1787 a twenty-seven year old Mary Wollstonecraft arrived in Ireland to take on the role of governess to 14 year old Margaret King, daughter of Viscount Kingsborough. The Kings held extensive landed estates with their main seat at Mitchelstown castle. The family town house was 15 Henrietta Street. The relatively short time Wollstonecraft spent teaching Margaret had a profound impact on the rest of the two women’s lives.
During this talk, historian Fergus Whelan will discuss the life of writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights, Mary Wollstonecraft, her impact on the life of Margaret King, and the links that bound the two women, even after Wollstonecraft’s untimely death.
Fergus Whelan is a historian and the author of Dissent into Treason: Unitarians King-killers and the Society of United Irishmen (2010) and God-Provoking Democrat: The Remarkable Life of Archibald Hamilton Rowan (2015). He has contributed to History Ireland magazine, An Irishman’s Diary in The Irish Times, the Irish Humanist, and Look Left magazine. He also works as a tour guide with Dublin City Council Culture Company.
This talk is a collaboration between 14 Henrietta Street and Na Píobairí Uilleann. Free Admission. Tickets can be booked here: https://14henriettastreet.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638659