Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is delighted to host a special free talk titled ‘“…a cunning intriguing woman [who] is very violent against the Protestants”: Jacobite Irishwomen, 1685-1703’” by historian Dr. Frances Nolan.
Dr. Nolan’s talk will examine Jacobite Irishwomen’s political activity before, during, and after the War of the Two Kings in Ireland. Waged between 1689 and 1691, the war ended with the defeat of James II at the hands of his Dutch nephew and son-in-law, William III. Many of James’ Irish supporters forfeited their property and thousands took flight to the continent, where they struggled to survive in greatly reduced circumstances. Women played an active role in aiding the Jacobite cause: some were spies, others managed and defended estates, while others ensured the safe transmission of legal papers, money, and goods out of Ireland. As well as exploring the various forms that women’s political activity or allegiance could take, this talk will consider the complexities of female political identity, which were bound to religious identity and to economic, social, cultural and familial concerns.
Dr Frances Nolan is a historian of women and gender and is the holder of an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship. Based in Maynooth University, her research project explores the lives and experiences of Catholic and Jacobite Irishwomen between 1689 and 1718. Alongside Dr C.I. McGrath, she is currently co-editing a modern edition of the printed schedule of claims brought before the trustees for the forfeited estates in Dublin between 1700 and 1703. Dr Nolan was the winner of the Women’s History of Ireland (WHAI) Publication Prize 2017. Her article, titled ‘“The Cat’s Paw”: Helen Arthur, the Act of Resumption and The Popish pretenders to the forfeited estates, 1700-3’, was published in Irish Historical Studies in November 2018.
The talk will take place at 3pm in the Castle Keep on Saturday 1st December. The event is free but places are limited, so pre-booking is advised by calling 090 6442130 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.