1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Leadbeater

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 246.



MARY LEADBEATER. — Poems by M. L., to which is prefixed her translation of the First Book of the Aeneid, Dublin, 1808. 8vo.

Was the daughter of Richard Shackleton, of Ballitore, co. Kildare, where she was born in 1758. The family was a Quaker one, and produced several poets. Her grand-father was the instructor of Burke and other eminent men (see Shackleton). She may have been the "Miss Shackleton," who has several poems in Edkins' collection of 1789-90, but see under Shackleton, Elizabeth. She published notices of the Shackleton family, "Annals of Ballitore," and various excellent books for youth. She died on June 27, 1826, and was buried at Ballitore. Two volumes of her MS. poems by M. L. were sold at the Malcolmson sale, Dublin, 1892. Her niece, Elizabeth Shackleton, who edited some of her works, was the wife of Alfred Webb, M.P., the compiler of A Compendium of Irish Biography.