Noted Belfast historian and museum keeper dies at 78

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WILLIAM ALEXANDER Maguire, who has died at the age of 78, was a distinguished headmaster, historian and museum keeper.

Known always as Bill, he was born a son of the Methodist manse at Ballina, Co Mayo, on April 22nd, 1932, but spent his childhood in Co Donegal. His parents were the Rev Reginald and Sarah Maguire....

His book, Living like a Lord , was a biography of the second marquess of Donegall.

In 1980 he joined the staff of the Ulster Museum where he was appointed originally as keeper of local history and then as head of the division of human history. He retired in 1997, having served as acting deputy director.

He was responsible for organising a number of very important exhibitions and developing the collection of local and historical material at the museum....

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