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Ascendancy: Lady Mount Cashell, Lady Moira, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Union Pamphlets

Janet Todd
Eighteenth-Century Ireland / Iris an dá chultúr
Vol. 18 (2003), pp. 98-117
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30070996
Page Count: 20
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Ascendancy: Lady Mount Cashell, Lady Moira, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Union Pamphlets
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Abstract

In this article I study the connection between Mary Wollstonecraft, feminist author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and one of her pupils, Margaret King, later countess of Mount Cashell, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat from Mitchelstown Castle, County Cork. I argue that some of Wollstonecraft's Enlightenment rhetoric can be found in the language Lady Mount Cashell used in her pamphlets on the Union crisis of 1799-1800, but that a greater influence was the classical republicanism of her relative by marriage, Lady Moira, who combined nationalism with social conservatism. On a personal level Wollstonecraft remained an influence: when Lady Mount Cashell left her husband, she assumed of Wollstonecraft's fictional governess.

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