Sligo and the Dracula connection

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The author Bram Stoker’s mother hailed from Sligo. Her name was Charlotte Thornley and she lived with her parents Captain Thomas Thornley, Matilda Blake Thornley along with her two younger brothers Thomas and Richard.

Charlotte lived with her family on Correction Street now Old Market Street in the town. It was here where she resided in 1832 aged 14 years old when the Cholera epidemic struck Sligo town. Within six weeks, half of the town had fled to the countryside, Charlotte and her family fled to Ballyshannon with an estimated 1,500 people dying from the disease.

Charlotte survived and went onto marry Abraham Stoker, a Civil Servant in Dublin Castle. In 1847, Charlotte gave birth to a son named Abraham later known as Bram. As a child, Bram was sickly and was to spend the first seven years of his life bedridden. Charlotte would entertain her son by telling him old…

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