The Life and Times of Mary Ann McCracken 1770-1866. A Belfast Panorama. Dublin: Allen Figgis, 1960. Pp, 328. With Family Tree folded in at rear. Good copy in pictorial d.j. Born into a mercantile Presbyterian family in 1770 in Belfast, Mary Ann McCracken (sister of Henry Joy McCracken, a founder member of the United Irishmen) was a woman ahead of her time. An educated and able woman, she ran businesses, campaigned for the abolition of slavery and boy chimney sweeps, believed that women should be equal to men, and was involved in the running of the Poor House, among many other things.