Ram, Pierre Francois Xavier De
Ram, Pierre Francois Xavier De, a Belgian historian and theologian was born at Louvain, Sept. 2, 1804, studied at Malines, and in 1823 was made professor in a seminary of the same place, and taught there until its suppression, in 1825. He was then made archivist to the archbishop of the diocese of Malines. In 1827 he took holy orders, and two years after was appointed professor of ecclesiastical history and philosophy in the theological seminary at Malines, of which, when (in 1834) enlarged to a university, he was made rector. In 1835 he was transferred to Louvain, and there taught until his death, in 1862. He was a learned man and greatly revered by his countrymen. His writings were very numerous. Besides his biography of the principal saints and celebrated persons of the Low Countries--a work in which he freely used the writings of Raine--Ram published the following works of interest to us: Synodicum Belgicum, sive Acta om-nium Ecclesiarum Belgii a Concilio Tridentino usque ad 1801 (Mal. 1828-58); Historia Philosophite (Louv. 1832-34, 8vo); Vie des Saints de Godescard (Louv. 1828-35, 22 vols. 8vo, and often); Documents relatifs aux Troubles du Pays de Liege, sous les Princes-eveques Louis de Bourbon et Jean de Horn, 1455-1585 (Brux. 1844, 4to), a most important chapter from a Romanist on a noteworthy period of the ante-reformation movement in the Low Countries, etc. See Querard, La France Litteraire, vol. 11:for full bibliography.