(1658–1738), Catholic priest and controversialist. The son of a Co. Kildare farmer, he was educated at the Irish College, Paris, and became parish priest of St Michan's, Dublin, around 1699. His best-known work, The Case of the Roman Catholics of Ireland, arguing that proposed new penal laws were unnecessary and a breach of the treaty of Limerick, though commonly said to have been published anonymously in 1723, first appears in a collection printed in 1742. Nary engaged in public debate with several Protestant clergymen, including Edward Synge, archbishop of Tuam. His translation of the New Testament (1718) was condemned in Rome as unsound.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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