Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Terill, Anthony
TERILL verè BOVILLE or BONVILL, ANTHONY (1621–1676), Jesuit, son of Humphrey Boville, was born at Canford, Dorset, in 1621. He was brought up there till his fifteenth year, when he passed over to the college of the English Jesuits at St. Omer, where he prosecuted his humanity studies for nearly three years. He entered the English College at Rome, as an alumnus, in the name of Terill, on 4 Dec. 1640, for his higher course. Having received minor orders in July 1642, and being unwilling to subscribe the usual college oath, he became a convictor and paid his own pension. He was ordained priest at St. John's Lateran on 16 March 1647, and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew's novitiate. Rome, on 30 June following. He was professed of the four vows on 25 March 1658. He was for some years penitentiary at Loreto, and afterwards professor of philosophy and theology at Florence, Parma, and Liege; and ‘was consulted far and wide as an oracle of learning’ (Florus Bavaricus, p. 50). From 1671 to 1674 he was rector of the college of the English Jesuits at Liège, where he died on 11 Oct. 1676.
His works are: 1. ‘Conclusiones Philosophicæ Rationibus illustratæ,’ Parma, 1657, 12mo. 2. ‘Problema Mathematico-Philosophicum Tripartitum, de Termino Magnitudinis, ac Virium in Animalibus,’ Parma, 1660, 12mo. 3. ‘Fundamenturn totius Theologiæ Moralis, seu Tractatus de Conscientia Probabili,’ Liège, 1668, 4to, dedicated to Lord Castlemaine. 4. ‘Regula Morum, sive Tractatus Bipartitus de Sufficienti ad Conscientiam rite formandam Regula in quo usus cujusvis Opinionis practice probabilis convincitur esse licitus . . . Opus posthumum,’ Liège, 1677, fol.[De Backer's Bibl. de la Compagnie de Jesus (1876), iii. 1079, and edit. 1854, ii. 631; Foley's Records, iii. 420, vi. 352, 379, vii. 75; Oliver's Collectanea S. J. p. 204; Southwell's Bibl. Scriptorum Soc. Jesu, p. 86; Theux's Bibl. Liègeoise, p. 132.]