Historian Jonathan Bardon dies aged 78



Jonathan Bardon

Tributes have been paid to historian Jonathan Bardon, who has died aged 78.

Mr Bardon had been suffering from a lung condition.

The Dublin-born historian had formerly been a teacher at Orangefield Secondary School in Belfast and presented a number of BBC Radio Ulster shows, including A Short History Of Ireland.

The Linen Hall Library, where Mr Bardon was a patron and a member since the 1960s, said he would be “greatly missed”.

SDLP MP Claire Hanna said he was a family friend whose books were “essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history of this island, and a life-long influence on my own thinking”.

Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle tweeted that she was “greatly saddened to learn of the death of the distinguished Belfast historian Jonathan Bardon, who wrote with such distinction on the city”.

The Linen Hall Library, where Mr Bardon was a patron, said he would be “greatly missed”.



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