See Acta Sanctorum, Bol-land, and Martyr.
Mary Ann Mrs. James Geay (Browne), an English poetess, born at Maidenhead Thicket, Berkshire, Sept. 24, 1812, died in Cork, Jan. 28, 1846. Her first volume, " Mont Blanc and other Poems," was published before she was 15. Her second volume, "Ada," appeared in 1828. " Repentance and other Poems " (chiefly of a religious character) followed in 1829. The "Coronal" and "Birthday Gift" were published in 1833 and 1834. " Ignatia," her longest and most finished work, was published in 1838. She wrote for the "Dublin University Magazine " a series of prose tales entitled "Recollections of a Portrait Painter," and a number of poems, afterward collected as " Sketches from the Antique " (1844). About the same time a volume of "Sacred Poems" appeared. In 1842 she was married to Mr. James Gray, a nephew of the Ettrick Shepherd.
Mary Anne Clarke, mistress of Frederick, duke of York, second son of George III., born in 1778, died at Boulogne in 1852. In 1809 she revenged herself upon her royal lover, with whom for some time she had not been on the best terms, by reporting to Col. Wardle the secrets of the duke's management of the army, of which he was commander-in-chief. On Jan. 27 of the same year the colonel brought the matter before the house of commons, of which he was a member. By a majority of 82 the duke was acquitted of the charge of personal corruption which the colonel's motion implied; yet on March 20 he tendered his resignation, as the evidence reflected severely upon his character, his mistress having been the chief witness brought before the committee of the house of commons. Her testimony was delivered with great impudence of manner.
Mary Anne Madden (Sadlier), an American authoress, born at Cootehill, county Cavan, Ireland, Dec. 31, 1820. She began contributing to a London magazine when scarcely 18.. Having emigrated to Montreal, she published by subscription "Tales of the Olden Time." In 1846 she married James Sadlier, then of the firm of D. and J. Sadlier and co., Catholic publishers of New York and Montreal, since deceased; she now (1875) resides in New York. She has written a great number of tales, among which are: "The Daughter of Tyrconnell" (1863); "Con O'Regan " (1864);" Heiress of Kilorgan" (1867); "MacCarthy More" (1868); and "Maureen Dhu" (1870). She has also translated several religious works, tales, and dramas from the French.
Mary Balfonr Brunton, an English novelist, born in the island of Burra, in the Orkneys, Nov. 1, 1778, died in Edinburgh, Dec. 19, 1818. At the age of 20 she married the Rev. Alexander Brunton, a minister of the Scottish church, and subsequently professor of oriental languages in the university of Edinburgh. In 1811 she published a novel, "Self-Control," which obtained immediate popularity from its moral tone, as well as its literary merits. This was followed by "Discipline" (1814), which was equally successful. Some months after her death her husband published a volume of her "Remains," with a memoir of her life and extracts from her correspondence.