Rachael Baptist

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Rachael Baptist (fl. 1750-1775) was an Irish singer.

Baptist was born in Ireland sometime in the second quarter of the 18th century. She was part of the estimated 1,000-3,000 black people living in the country at the time. She was by profession a singer, and "enjoyed a successful career the length and breadth of the island from at least 1750 to the mid-1770s, appearing at venues from Cork and Brandon to Belfast."

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  • "Africans in eighteenth-century Ireland", W.A. Hart, Irish Historical Studies 33, p. 129, May 2002.
  • "The Black figure in Angelica Kauffman's Earl of Ely family group portrait", Philip McEvansoneya, History Ireland, p. 28, March/April 2012.