John Colgan

Hagiographer and historian; born c.1600 in County Donegal, Ireland; died in 1657. He joined the Franciscans and studied at the College of Saint Anthony of Padua, Louvain. After teaching theology, he gave himself up to Irish studies and published his great work on Irish saints, written from materials collected by his fellow religious, Michael Ward. He also wrote a biography of Duns Scotus, and left in manuscript three valuable hagiographical works which have apparently been lost.

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