John Lynch (Gratianus Lucius)

John Lynch, pseudonym Gratianus Lucius, D.D., (1599?–1677?) was an Irish Roman Catholic priest, known as a historian and Archdeacon of Tuam.


He was born in Galway, probably in 1599; according to tradition his father was Alexander Lynch, a schoolmaster. He was educated by the Jesuits, and became a secular priest about 1622. He celebrated mass in secret, and in private houses; and kept a school.[1]

He was appointed archdeacon of Tuam, and lived in the old castle of Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair. He was a friend of Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh. On the surrender of Galway to the parliamentarian army in 1652 he left for France; some of his works were printed at St. Malo. Lynch died in France.[1]


He was the author of:


  1. 1 2 3 Dictionary of National Biography, Lynch, John (1599?–1673?), Irish historian, by Thompson Cooper. Published 1893.

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