Mary Letitia Martin

(1815—1850) philanthropist

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(1815–1850), novelist. Born in Galway, she was the daughter of ‘Humanity Dick’ Martin from whom she inherited Ballinahinch Castle and a vast but worthless estate. She moved to Belgium with her husband Arthur Gonne Bell (who took her name) and wrote two novels. St. Etienne (1845) is set in the Vendée in Napoleonic times, while Julia Howard (1850) concerns the daughter of an 18th-cent. Anglo-Irish landlord who acquires an estate from the ruined O'Connors and dies tragically. She died in childbirth shortly after reaching New York.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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