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Higgins, Bryan (c. 1741–1818), medical practitioner and chemist, was born in Sligo, Ireland, the son of Bryan Higgins (d. 1777), medical practitioner; little is known about his education. As his family, eminent in medicine, was Roman Catholic, he probably attended irregular ‘hedge schools’. It was customary for Irish Catholic students to go abroad for higher education, and on 5 October 1765 he enrolled at the ...