Mary Leadbeater
















































Mary Leadbeater 1758-1826

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Born in Ballitore, County Kildare. Her grandfather taught Edmund Burke in the local Quaker school which he founded. She became the local postmistress and wrote poems and stories and kept a diary of events locally. Her works include Cottage Dialogues, The Landlordís Friend, Tales for Cottagers and Collection of Lives of the Irish Peasantry. She is best known however for her journals which were published, after her death, as The Leadbeater Papers. The house where she wrote the Papers is well preserved and currently the local library operates from there. She is buried in Ballitore.

Further information, location and directions to the grave are to be found in "The End - An Illustrated Guide to the Graves of Irish Writers".  Click here to order a copy of this book