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1238Guardian Thurs., 22 Feb 1912, pg.6; Mrs MARGARET BYERS

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  • fionnghalnicphadraig
    Nov 30, 2007
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      Guardian Thurs., 22 Feb 1912, pg.6;
      Mrs MARGARET BYERS
      The death took place in Belfast yesterday of Mrs MARGARET BYERS, a
      pioneer in Ireland of the movement for the higher education of women.
      Mrs BYERS was a dau of Mr ANDREW MORROW, of Rathfriland, and together
      with her husband, the late Rev JOHN BYERS, she was for a time a
      missionary in China. In 1859 she founded the Victoria College,
      Belfast, and had ever since been the principal. She worked in various
      ways to widen and advance the education of women & girls in Ireland.
      The University of Dublin conferred on her the honorary degree of
      LL.D., and she was a member of the first Senate of Queen's University
      of Belfast. Mrs BYERS also took part in temperance and philanthropic
      work, was the fist president of the Irish Women's Temperance Union,
      and was one of the founders of the Christian Workers' Union, out of
      which sprang the Belfast Prison gate Mission for Women and Victoria
      Homes fr the reclamation and training of neglected and destitute
      girls. Mrs BYERS was the mother of Sir JOHN WILLIAM BYERS, Professor
      of Midwifery and the Diseases of Women and Children at the Belfast
      University.

      le dùrachd
      Fionnghal