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Field, Thomas (1549–1625), Jesuit and explorer, was born in Limerick, son of a medical doctor, William Field, and his wife, Jenet Creah; his family was of Anglo-Norman descent. He studied arts at Paris and Douai and philosophy at Louvain, from where he graduated MA. His education was typical of his background as many urban Catholics, of what would later be called ‘Old English’ stock, who had previously studied at English universities now preferred to study in Catholic countries as part of their rejection of the Reformation. He entered the ...