Lydia Mary Foster
1867-?; b. Coalisland, Co. Tyrone; dg. of Rev. James Foster, Presbyterian
minister at Newmills; settled Belfast; novels, The Bush that Burned (1931); Tyrone Among the Bushes (1933); Manse Larks
(1936); Elders Daughters (1942). IF2
No entry Dictionary of Ulster Biography, ed. Kate Newmann (Belfast:
Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels,
Tales, Romances and Folklore [Pt. 2] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), lists The Bush that Burned, An Idyll of Ulster Life (Dublin: Talbot 1931),
300pp. [young man goes to university in Belfast, becomes minister, returns
to native parish as pastor, and marries dg. of local magnate]; Tyrone
Among the Bushes (Belfast: Quota 1933), stories, ill. Alfred E. Kerr;
[sketches about Popish and Presbyterian Ulster folk in Co. Tyrone]; Manse
Larks (Belfast: Quota 1936), 157pp. [Ulster life seen from the manse,
1890-1900]; autobiographical sketch]; and Elders Daughters
(Belfast: Quota 1942), 264pp. [Kildarragh Meeting House, Co. Tyrone; old
Orange lady whose last words were Derry, Aughrim, and the Boyne];
all sympathetically but not indulgently dealing with country folk in mid-Ulster.
As an interpreter of the life, character, and prejudices of Ulster
Presbyterians, she stands unrivalled.
Belfast Public Library holds
Ulster Folklore (1951); Bush that Burned (1931); Elders Daughters
(1942); Manse Larks (1936); Tyrone among the Bushes (1933).