Field, Thomas (DNB00)


FIELD, THOMAS (1546?–1625), jesuit, son of William Field, a medical practitioner of Limerick, by his wife Janet Creagh, was born in Limerick in 1546 or 1549. He studied humanity at Paris and Douay, and philosophy at Louvain, where he took the degree of M.A. He entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Rome, 6 Oct. 1574, and was made a spiritual coadjutor. Proceeding to Brazil he spent many years with Joseph Anchietta, the apostle of that country. Thence he was ordered into Paraguay. In 1586 he was captured by English pirates, and put into an open boat, without rudder or oars, in which he drifted to Buenos Ayres. He died at the Assumption Settlement in 1625.

[Hogan's Ibernia Ignatiana, i. 33*, 60–6, 108; Hogan's Cat. of the Irish Province S. J., p. 5; Oliver's Jesuit Collections, p. 245; Foley's Records, vii. 253; Cordara, Hist. Collegii Germanici, pt. vi. lib. xi. p. 93.]

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