Emily, Countess of Glengall
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This chapter outlines the life and contribution to education of Emily, Countess of Glengall (1777–1836). Born in Ireland, Emily Jefferyes was a member of the Anglican community. Emily and Richard Butler, 10th Lord Cahir, were married in 1793. They and their four children lived mainly in Cahir, Co. Tipperary. The couple undertook improvements to their estate and provided employment and social supports for the people of Cahir and surrounding areas. With the backing of the Kildare Place Society, Emily maintained a number of schools in the town, founded, in the main, to provide training and rudimentary education for poor girls. Emily, along with a Catholic priest and a Quaker from the area were joint patrons/correspondents of another school which catered almost entirely for Catholic children. Unsurprisingly, this school enjoyed the sanction of the local Catholic clergy. The school was among the first to join the national school system, founded in 1831.