Lanigan, John, Dd
Lanigan, John, D.D., an eminent Irish Roman Catholic priest, was born at Cashel, Ireland, in 1758, and received his scientific and theological education at the Irish College in Rome, where he also took his orders. Soon after he was appointed to the chair of Hebrew, divinity, and the Scriptures in the University of Pavia. In 1796 he was elected to a similar position at Maynooth, Ireland, but declined it, and accepted an appointment in Dublin Castle, in connection with which he assumed in 1799 the duties of editor, librarian, and translator for the Dublin Society. In 1821, becoming insane, he was placed in an asylum at Finglas, near Dublin, where he died, July 7, 1828. Among his works are the following important ones: Institutionum Biblicarum pars prima (Paviae, 1794, 8vo): — Protestant's Apology for
the Roman Catholic Church (1809, 8vo): — Ecclesiastical History of Ireland to the 13th Century (Dublin, 1822, 4 volumes, 8vo; 1829, 4 volumes, 8vo), a work much valued for its extensive learning, deep research, and critical acumen. See New Amer. Cyclop. 10:304; Allibone, Dict. of British and A merican Authors, 2:1058.