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Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Lingard, John

LINGARD, JOHN, an English historian; born in Winchester, England, Feb. 5, 1771. He was educated at the college of Douay, in France, and on its removal to England, during the French Revolution, accompanied it there. The work on which his fame rests is his “History of England from the First Invasion by the Romans to the Accession of William and Mary in 1688”; the first edition of which appeared between 1819-1825. It was subsequently considerably enlarged and is esteemed one of the best text-books on English history. He was author also of the “History and Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church.” The dignity of cardinal was offered to Lingard, and declined. He died in Hornby, Lancashire, England, July 17, 1851.