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Hunter wasn't her first husband. If we're honest that wasn't uncommon in the sixteen forty s but I mentioned it because it was the seed of a lot of rumours about her rumors that paint her in a terrifying light, and while they might have only been stories the true details of her life macos rumors a lot easier to fall for. Mary McMahon had been married just once before as far as historians can tell in sixteen, thirty, four, she married Daniel Nalen and a couple built a life together. But within five years, Daniel was dead leaving her with three young children to care for. Thankfully. Her next husband was a man of status conor O'Brien was from a long line of Irish rulers, high kings. In fact, marriage to him also met moving into the Family Tower House Liam Castle which had been built in the fourteen hundreds by sixteen forty though it was a little worse for wear. So the couple made some renovations which added to its size and scope. But life was more complicated than that. It seems the Conor O'Brien was a bit of a hothead who had no problem rating English settlements in the area in fact. Mary. Often rode alongside him participating in these missions in one document from sixteen forty two, we are told that Mary Ann Connor led a small band of fighters out on one such raid in February of that year brought home a wagon full of household goods fourteen pigs in over four hundred sheep. Mary it seems at a thirst for adventure, and if the stories were true that violence came home with her, it said that she would hang her servants by their necks or hair. If people trespassed on their land, she was rumored to murder them. When she wasn't killing people they said, she was happy to engage in a of torture. Of course, these were the same rumors that said that she had married and killed over twenty men. But truth isn't found in the ravens of the mob or the propaganda of the jealous. No truth is found in the historical record while it might not include nearly two dozen murdered. Husband's Mary's real story is more than terrifying. In Sixteen, Forty, one, a conflict arose in that became known as the eleven years war. It was part of a larger conflict, all throughout Ireland Scotland and England known as the wars of the three kingdoms. If you've ever heard names like the Irish rebellion of sixteen, Forty one or the first second and third English civil wars, these were all smaller pieces under the larger umbrella of the wars of the three kingdoms. Naturally. Everyone had to pick a side Mary's husband Connor. Eventually gave up his life of rating local English settlements and became a commissioned officer in the royalist army. But in sixteen fifty, one during a particularly bloody skirmish connor was badly wounded and in an effort to save him some of his men carried his body back to his home and to marry. It said that Mary looked out her window and saw them approaching and assumed connor was dead according to the legend. She leaned out the window and shouted at the approaching soldiers. We want know dead men here. But after a quick conversation, they informed her that her husband was still alive and in need of help. Sadly, conor O'Brian died in the castle a short while later. When he did Mary. Did something unusual. She put on one of our best dresses climbed into A. And made the perilous journey to the nearest parliamentary camp. The very same forces that had killed her husband, and if the legends are true, she did it for two reasons both of which require a bit of explanation. I she did it to make an offer being newly widowed. She was free to marry again and had decided that the first officer in the enemy camp to come forward with earned her hand in marriage. We don't know if anyone's step forward that day, but we do know that a short while later she was recorded as being married to a parliamentarian officer named John Cooper I think it's safe to assume he was the one who took her up on that offer. But why do this? Most historians think that Mary saw the writing on the wall at least for the moment the parliamentarians were the horse to bet on and Mary had an estates and children to look after marrying into the conquering side was away of buying a bit of Insurance Against Tumultuous Times. But there's a second reason for her visit to the enemy camp that day I gave her a chance to ask around and identify the man who fired the shot that killed her husband. And Mary wasn't the sort of woman who let go of a grudge or to let anyone else do the dirty work when it mattered. It said that a short while later Mary herself hunted down the man responsible. I can picture her writing through the night on a black horse gun and sword hanging at her side and creeping into the parliamentarian camp to abductor target. It said that she then hanged the man to death. Putting an end to request for vengeance and allowing her life to move on. Today she's known as Red Mary maybe because of the color of her hair or perhaps do all the blood she was rumored to have spilled. Either way managed leave a mark on the past and found a way to stick around. All these centuries later. History like life isn't always neat and tidy. There are a lot of things. We don't know about Mary McMahon or whether or not the rumors about her were entirely true. But we do know that she was fierce powerful and more than a little bloody. And if history has taught us anything. It's darkness like that. That can never be contained..

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