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Burke, Thomas (1709/10–1776), historian and Roman Catholic bishop of Ossory, was born in Dublin of gentry stock from near Loughrea, co. Galway. The names of his father and mother have not been preserved.

No account of Burke's early education has survived. In these years the penal code was rigorously enforced, although even then the Dominicans in ...


Francis Neil Gasquet (1846–1929) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London


Gasquet, Francis Neil [name in religion Aidan] (1846–1929), cardinal and historian, was born on 5 October 1846 in Somers Town, north London, the third son of the six children of Raymond Gasquet, a physician whose family had emigrated from Toulon during the French Revolution, and his wife, ...


Monmouth, Geoffrey of [Galfridus Arturus] (d. 1154/5), bishop of St Asaph and historian, is of obscure origins, and very little of substance is known about his life. Later historians, notably the author of the Welsh Brut, have assigned him many roles, some of which must be regarded as impossible (for example, monk of ...