Edgeworth, Henry Essex (17451807)

Edgeworth, Henry Essex, known as the “Abbé” Edgeworth, born in Ireland, son of a Protestant clergyman; educated at the Sorbonne, in Paris; entered the priesthood, and became the confessor of Louis XVI., whom he attended on the scaffold; exclaimed as the guillotine came down, “Son of St. Louis, ascend to heaven!” left France soon after; was subsequently chaplain to Louis XVIII. (17451807).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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