The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Mary Gibson


Mary Gibson was born in Rathgar, Dublin on the 3rd of January 1878 to Thomas Gibson and Bridget Stack. Thomas, a Clareman, was a Draper and he married Bridget, from Listowel in Co Kerry, in Dublin in 1875. Mary and her older brother, Michael were born in Dublin before the family moved to Limerick where he worked as a Manager / Merchant in wool and silk. Four more children were born in Quinlan Street, a four storey over basement Georgian house in the city centre. They then moved to Tralee and lived at 1 Day Place in Listowel, another large, fine house. Here Thomas Gibson established an extensive drapery business and two more girls were born. They later moved to Market Street in the town.

In the 1901 census Mary was at home with her parents and her younger brother Thomas and young sister Harriet. Also in the household were fourteen Drapery Assistants. Thomas died of T.B. in 1905 and Mary had moved to Dublin by 1911. She was living in 74 Merrion Square with her older brother Michael who by then was an established doctor, being Master of the Coombe Hospital from 1908 to 1914. Mary gave no occupation in the 1911 census.

It is not known why Mary was travelling on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October 1918, but subsequently her will was probated in England and Scotland as well as in Dublin, so she may have been engaged in some business in Britain. Her address in 1918 was still 74 Merrion Square. Her body was never recovered.



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