Butler, Alban a Romanist writer, born in 1710, and educated at Douai, where he early attained in succession to the offices of professor of philosophy and theology. Returning to England, he was appointed to a mission in Staffordshire, where he commenced The Lives of the Saints, which was completed during his subsequent sojourn at Paris, and there published (1745, 5 vols. 4to). In 1779 or 1780, an edition in 12 vols. 8vo, was published at Dublin; and in 1799,1800, another edition, by Charles Butler, his nephew, appeared at Edinburgh. An edition appeared at Derby in 1843, in 12 vols. 12mo, and an American edition in 1846 (New York, 12 vols. in four, 8vo). He died May 15, 1773.