“Kitty-cut-a-dash: A Cautionary Tale“
– a talk by Marie Oxx
Kitty Cut-a-Dash (d. 1787), the courtesan once described as ‘the reigning illegitimate belle of Dublin’, was one of the forerunners of modern celebrity culture. Although forgotten today, along with her contemporary Mrs Leeson, she was infamous in her time. Dublin was an expanding city in the last 50 years of the 18th Century with a notorious reputation for vice second only to London. Kitty’s chequered life in the fast lane is discussed by drawing on newspaper extracts, biographies, manuscripts in the National Library, some contemporary memoirs, and a variety of online sources.