Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Gooden, James

GOODEN, JAMES (1670–1730), jesuit, born in Denbighshire in 1670, was educated in the college at St. Omer, entered the novitiate at Watten in 1689, and was professed of the four vows 2 Feb. 1706–7. For several years he taught philosophy and mathematics at Liège, and he filled the office of rector of the college of St. Omer from 14 March 1721–1722 till 15 April 1728, when he became superior of the house of probation at Ghent. He died at St. Omer on 11 Oct. 1730.

His works are: 1. ‘Anathemata Poetica serenissimo Walliæ Principi Jacobi regis … filio recens nato sacra, offerebant ad ejusdem Principis pedes prostratæ musæ Audomarenses,’ St. Omer, 1688, 4to (composed by Gooden and G. Killick). 2. ‘Trigonometria plana et sphærica, cum selectis ex astronomia Problematis,’ Liège, 1701, 12mo.

[Oliver's Jesuit Collections, p. 105; Paquot's Memoires; Foley's Records, vii. 307; De Bucker's Bibl. des Ecrivains de la Compagnie de Jésus 1869, i. 2206.]

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