Hall, Richard an English Romanist writer, was born about 1540. He studied at first at Christ College, Cambridge, but was obliged to leave it in 1572 on account of being a Roman Catholic. He then went to Douay, and afterwards to Italy. Having returned to Douay, he became professor of theology in the English college of that city. He became successively canon of St. Gery of Cambray, then of the cathedral of St. Omer, and finally official of the diocese. He died in 1604. He published several works of controversy, such as De prismariis Catists Tumulltuim Belglicorim (Douay, 1581): — De quinque partita Conscientia (Douay, 1598, 4to). But he is especially known for his Life of Bishop Fisher, the original MSS. of which was kept by the English Benedictines in their convent of Deeuward in Lorraine. A copy of it fell into the hands of Thomas Bailey, son of Bailey or Baily, bishop of Bangor, who sold it to a publisher: the work appeared under the name of Bailey (London, 1655, 8rv; Lend. 1739. 12mo). See Chalmers, General Biog. Did.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, 23, 149.