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should be ministered, for it was against his conscience, and, as he thought, against God's Word. … It were fit he should be sent to England, and peradventure by conferring with the learned bishops there he might be brought to some conformity. He is one of great credit amongst his countrymen, and upon whom, as touching causes of religion, they wholly depend." After enduring seven years' imprisonment, he escaped to France about 1572. He appears to have returned to Ireland and resumed his episcopal functions in 1575, as in April of that year he had a brief from Rome empowering him to act for the dioceses of Armagh and Dublin, as well as Meath. Bishop Walsh subsequently retired to Spain, where he held the position of suffragan to the Archbishop of Toledo. He died at Alcala, 4th January 1577. 74 128†

Warburton, Eliot Bartholomew George, an author, was born near Tullamore in 1810. He matriculated at Cambridge, and was called to the Irish Bar, but soon abandoned the law for the oversight of his Irish estates and the pleasures of society, foreign travel, and literature. During an extended tour in the Mediterranean, about 1842, he contributed to the Dublin University Magazine some "Episodes of Eastern Travel." By the advice of Mr. Lever, these were collected, amplified, and published under the title of The Crescent and the Cross. The work was most successful, and within fifteen years went through as many editions, "A changeful truth, a versatile propriety of feeling, initiates the author, as it were, into the heart of each successive subject; and we find him as profoundly impressed with the genius of the Holy Land, as he is steeped, in the proper place, in the slumberous influences of the dreamy Nile, upon whose bosom he rocks his readers into a trance, to be awakened only by the gladsome originality of those melodies which come mirthfully on their ears from either bank." 116 Besides minor works, he wrote Memoirs of Prince Rupert and the Cavaliers, 3 vols., 1849; and two novels — Reginald Hastings (1850) and Darien (1851). In this last book he gives a vivid account of the destruction of a vessel by fire. He sailed for the West Indies in the mail steamer Amazon, on 2nd January 1852. When but 120 miles from the Lizard, the ship took fire, and 102 out of the 161 souls on board perished, Mr. Warburton was last seen standing beside the captain on the deck of the burning vessel, 7 16 116(39)

Ward, Hugh, D.D., Rector of the College of Louvain, was born in the County of Donegal, towards the close of the 16th century. He was educated at Salamanca and at Paris, and was among the first members of the theological faculty of the Irish College founded at Louvain in 1616, He was first Professor of Divinity, and afterwards Guardian or Rector of the College. He was soon joined by Father John Colgan and Father Michael O'Clery, "These three noble Franciscans," says O'Curry, "soon began to devise means to rescue from the chances of threatened oblivion the perishing records and evidences of, at least, the ecclesiastical history of their native country. They established an Irish press in St, Anthony's College. Michael O'Clery was sent back into Ireland to collect, purchase, or transcribe manuscripts; the expenses of his mission being provided for by Father Ward." Dr, Reeves characterizes Ward as "a great and good man;" and Harris says: "He was a man well skilled in the antiquities of his country, and undertook to write a general history of the lives of the Saints of Ireland. … While our author waited with impatience many years for the benefit of O'Clery 's collections, he employed himself writing several pieces as preliminary to his larger work." (None of those noted in Harris's Ware appear to have been published except his Acta Sancti Rumoldi Martyris Inclyti, which appeared in 1662.) Dr. Ward died 8th November 1635, before he could make use of the materials collected in Ireland; but in the hands of O'Clery and his brothers [see O'Clery, Michael, p. 373], they formed the basis of the Annals of the Four Masters, and enabled Colgan to commence his Acta Sanctorum. Dr. Ward, or Mac an Bhaird, as he is known in Irish, was buried at Louvain. 195 260

Warden, David Bailie, M.D., was born in Ireland in 1778. He became a citizen of the United States, and was distinguished for his scientific attainments and varied learning. He was for some time Secretary of the United States Legation to France, and for forty years was Consul in Paris, where he became a member of the French Academy. He was the author of numerous works, both in French and English; amongst the rest: Moral Faculties and Literature of the Negroes, 1810; Account of the United States, 1819; Bibliotheca Americana, 1831; History of the Silk Bill, 1837; Recherches sur les Antiquites de l'Amerique Septentrionale. Mr. Warden died in Paris, 9th October 1845, aged 67. 37*

Ware, Sir James, an eminent Irish antiquary, the writer on the antiquities, history, and biography of Ireland whose