Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Dictionary of Ulster Biography
As well as erecting blue plaques to commemmorate individuals from or associated with the Province who have made a significant contribution to human progress, the Circle has developed an on-line edition of the Dictionary of Ulster Biography. This is the successor to the 1993 printed edition, compiled by Kate Newmann and published in 1993 by the Institute of Irish Studies of the Queens University of Belfast.
The Dictionary is about people associated with the historic nine counties of Ulster and includes those who were born here, or lived or worked here and who have distinguished themselves in some way. Many of them will be included in other biographical dictionaries. The aim where possible is to describe their lives and achievements from a local perspective.
With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund the Circle has produced this revised and updated edition of the Dictionary. Since going on-line in November 2009 almost 100 additional biographical details of people who died between 1993 and 2000 have been added. The names of another 400+ people who died between 2000 and 2010 are being researched and will be added gradually as our limited voluntary capacity permits.
The Dictionary website is http://www.ulsterbiography.co.uk/