The Much-Maligned Mary Pike
Kieran Groeger

The Much-Maligned Mary Pike by Kieran Groeger

The Much-Maligned Mary Pike
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Kieran Groeger

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About the Author

Kieran Groeger, author of The Trial and Execution of James Cotter, the Little Book of Youghal, along with other books and articles on local history, delights in stripping away the layers of a story and revealing the truth. He is a retired teacher, avid Francophile and regular cyclist.
Mary Pike, a young, wealthy Quaker heiress, was kidnapped in July 1797 by a widowed knight, Sir Henry Brown Hayes, intent on forcing her into marriage and getting his hands on her money. She was rescued. He fled the country but, then decided public opinion was in his favour and challenged her to face him in court. Her barrister was John Philpot Curran. Mary Pike won her case.

Sadly, the history books tell us that the ordeal was too much for her. She suffered a nervous breakdown and died in a mental hospital. However, there is a lot more to the story than that!

This account is set against the background of the time before and after the 1798 Rebellion. Many people wonder, did nothing happen in Cork? A lot happened. The city is brought to life in this very readable volume.


The Much-Maligned Mary Pike by Kieran Groeger
Non-fiction, history, Irish history, 18th century. 204 printed pages with illustrations (black & white and colour)
First published in Ireland, in 2019, by The Manuscript Publisher
ISBN: 978-1-911442-20-2

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