Besoigne, Jerome a French Jansenist theologian, was born in Paris in 1686, and became professor of theology at the college Du Plessis. He was one of the appellants (q.v.) against the bull Unigenitus, and thereby drew upon himself many persecutions from the Jesuit party. He died in Paris January 25, 1763. His writings were very numerous; among them are Histoire de l'abbaye de Port Royal (Cologne, 1756, 8 vols. 12mo), including also lives of Arnaud, Nicole, and other Jansenists; Concord des epitres de St. Paul et des epitres Canoniques (Paris, 1747, 12mo); Principes de la perfection Chretienne (Paris, 1748, 12mo); Principes de la Penitence et de la Conversion (Paris, 1762, 12mo). — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 5, 800.