William Ashcroft
















































William J Ashcroft  1846-1918

He was born at Pawntucket, Rhode Island. He owned the Alhambra Theatre in Belfast. He had an enormous reputation as a comic and entertainer and played in all the leading theatres to full houses. He was a particular favourite in Dublin and was the  Starís leading artiste for over a decade. The song MacNamaraís Band was written for him. After his marriage broke up, he attempted suicide and eventually went bankrupt. He was in the asylum on several occasions but continued to appear on the stage for some years yet. He died in Purdysburn Asylum. He is buried in Belfast.