Scientific editor with Medical Science PhD, former researcher and lecturer, long-time writer

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An Irish massacre and unclear family origins

A black and white engraving of soldiers killing civilians at drogheda
1868 illustration by Henry Edward Doyle of the massacre at Drogheda. Published in: An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800, by Mary Frances Cusack. Public domain. Source

An early 17th century ancestor of mine, Sir William O’Durge, was born about 1605 in Ireland, presumably in Drogheda-in-Meath. William was the last of the known family in Ireland, as the line was severed by religion and politics and the circumstances of his life are lost to time.

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Alicia as a screaming child
The author as a child circa 1985. Photo in possession of the author.

I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. We had creative writing projects in Kindergarten or 1st grade, where we’d color in the car or some other general object and then write three sentences about it using the new words we’d learned for colors and shapes…

Alicia M Prater, PhD

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