Riddel, Alexander

Biography/History

Alexander Riddel was Literary and Assistant Editor at the "Northern Whig". He was also responsible for the very popular "Letters to Ulster folk at home and abroad" a feature article in the "Weekly Northern Whig", which was discontinued with the outbreak of Worl War II. Riddel was a keen local historian. He became an authority on stage-coaching in Ireland, he was the first to publish details of the two earliest farming societies of the 4 Lower Baronies of County Antrim (1755) and of County Down (1756). Riddel was one of the first to broadcast from BBC's Northern Ireland station after its establishment. He gave a series of talks on Ulster's social life and customs. He died in 1958 in his 85th year.

Role
Editor and historian