The Story of Mary Pike : Dr. Kieran Groeger

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (IST) More Information →

Douglas Library :

Heritage Week :

Mary Pike, a young, wealthy Quaker heiress, was kidnapped in July 1797 by a widowed knight, Sir Henry Brown Hayes of Vernon Mount, 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 Mary Pike, she suffered a nervous breakdown and died in hospital. There is a lot more to this incredible story than that! 

Dr. Kieran Groeger, author of The Much-Maligned Mary Pike, The Trial & Execution of James Cotter and The Little Book of Youghal, along with other books and articles on local history, delights in stripping away the layers of a story to reveal the truth.