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Shannon Devlin - photoSHANNON DEVLIN


‘Protestant middle-class sibling relations in nineteenth-century Ulster.’


My research interests are focused on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish social, gender, and women’s history. I graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2015 with an MA in Irish History. My dissertation concentrated on middle-class adolescent girls’ experiences of leisure.

Currently, my research is focused on the relationships between siblings in middle-class Ulster Protestant families in the nineteenth century. Using personal correspondence, wills, and family papers, I aim to explore the impact of gender, birth order and personal favouritisms on sibling relations and intimacy.