BHAGALPUR` (69), a town in Bengal, on the right bank of the Ganges, 265 m. NW. of Calcutta.
BHAGAVAD GITA, (i. e. Song of Krishna), a poem introduced into the Mahabharata, divided into three sections, and
each section into six chapters, called Upanishads; being a series of mystical lectures addressed by Krishna to his
royal pupil Arjuna on the eve of a battle, from which he shrunk, as it was with his own kindred; the whole
conceived from the point of view or belief, calculated to allay the scruples of Arjuna, which regards the
extinction of existence as absorption in the Deity.
BHAMO` (6), a town in Burmah, the chief centre of trade with China, conducted mainly by Chinese, and a military
station, only 40 m. from the Chinese frontier.
BHARTPUR` (68), a town in Rajputana, in a native state of the name; yielding wheat, maize, cotton, sugar, with
quarries of building stone; 30 m. W. of Agra; carries on an industry in the manufacture of chowries.
BHARTRIHARI, Indian author of apothegms, who appears to have lived in the 11th century B.C., and to have been of
BHILS, a rude pro-Aryan race of Central India, still untrained to settled life; number 750,000.
BHOD-PA, name given to the aborigines of Thibet, and applied by the Hindus to all the Thibetan peoples.
BHOPAL` (952), a well-governed native state in Central India, under British protection, with a capital city (70)
of the same name; under a government that has been always friendly to Britain.
BHUTAN (20), an independent state in the Eastern Himalayas, with magnificent scenery; subsidised by Britain; has
a government like that of Thibet; religion the same, though the people are at a low stage of civilisation; the
country exports horses, musk, and salt.
BIAF`RA, BIGHT OF, a large bay in the Gulf of Guinea, in W. Africa; includes several islands, and receives into
it the waters of the Calabar rivers.
BIARD, AUGUSTE FRANCOIS, French _genre_ painter, born at Lyons; journeyed round the world, sketching by the way;
was successful in rendering burlesque groups (1800-1882).
BIARRITZ, a bathing-place on the Bay of Biscay, 6 m. SW. of Bayonne; became a place of fashionable resort by the
visits of the Empress Eugenie.
BIAS, one of the seven wise men of Greece, born at Priene, in Ionia; lived in the 6th century B.C.; many wise
sayings are ascribed to him; was distinguished for his indifference to possessions, which moth and rust can
corrupt, and thieves break through and steal.
BIBLE, THE (i. e. the Book _par excellence_, and not so much a book as a library of books), a collection of
sacred writings divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New; the Old, written in Hebrew, comprehending
three groups of books, the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa, bearing on the religion, the history, the
institutions, and the manners of the Jews; and the New, written in Greek, comprehending the Four Gospels, the Acts
of the Apostles, and the Epistles. The Old Testament was translated into Greek at Alexandria by 72 Jews, 280 B.C.,
and is known as the Septuagint; and the whole book, Old and New, was translated into Latin in a grotto near
Bethlehem by St. Jerome, A.D. 385-404, and is known as the Vulgate, after which the two came to be regarded by the
Church as of equal divine authority and as sections of one book. It may be permitted to note that the Bible is
written throughout, not in a speculative or a scientific, but a spiritual interest, and that its final aim is to
guide men in the way of life. The spirit in which it is composed is the spirit of conviction; its essence, both in
the root of it and the fruit of it, is faith, and that primarily in a moral power above, and ultimately a moral
principle within, both equally divine. The one principle of the book is that loyalty to the divine commands is the
one foundation of all well-being, individual and social.
BIBLIA PAUPERUM (i. e. Bible of the Poor), a book consisting of some 50 leaves, with pictures of scenes in the
Life of Christ, and explanatory inscriptions, printed, from wooden blocks, in the 15th century, and before the
invention of printing by movable types.
BIBULUS, a colleague of Julius Caesar; a mere cipher, a _faineant_.
BICETRE, a hospital, originally a Carthusian monastery, in the S. side of Paris, with a commanding view of the
Seine and the city; since used for old soldiers, and now for confirmed lunatics.
BICHAT, MARIE FRANCOIS XAVIER, an eminent French anatomist and physiologist; physician to the Hotel-Dieu, Paris;
one of the first to resolve the structure of the human body into, as "Sartor" has it, "cellular, vascular, and
muscular tissues;" his great work "Anatomie Generale appliquee a la Physiologie et a la Medecine"; died at 31
BICKERSTAFF, ISAAC, an Irish dramatist of 18th century, whose name was adopted as a _nom de plume_ by Swift and
BICKERSTETH, EDWARD, English clergyman; author of several evangelical works, and one of the founders of the
Evangelical Alliance (1786-1850).
BICKERTON, SIR RICHARD, vice-admiral, served in several naval engagements, and died commander-in-chief at
Plymouth in 1792.
BIDDERY WARE, ware of tin, copper, lead, and zinc, made at Bidar, in India.
BIDDING PRAYER, an exhortation to prayer in some special reference, followed by the Lord's Prayer, in which the
BIDDLE, JOHN, a Socinian writer in the time of Charles I. and the Commonwealth; much persecuted for his belief,
and was imprisoned, but released by Cromwell; regarded as the founder of English Unitarianism; author of a
"Confession of Faith concerning the Holy Trinity" (1615-1662).
BIDPAI, or PILPAI, the presumed author of a collection of Hindu fables of ancient date, in extensive circulation
over the East, and widely translated.
BIELA'S COMET, a comet discovered by Biela, an Austrian officer, in 1826; appears, sometimes unobserved, every
BIELEFELD (39), a manufacturing town in Westphalia, with a large trade in linen, and the centre of the
BIELU`KA, with its twin peaks, highest of the Altai Mountains, 11,100 ft.
BIENNE, LAKE OF, in the Swiss canton of Berne; the Aar is led into it when in flood, so as to prevent inundation
below; on the shores of it are remains of lake-dwellings, and an island in it, St. Pierre, the retreat of Rousseau
BIFROeST, a bridge in the Norse mythology stretching from heaven to earth, of firm solidity and exquisite
workmanship, represented in the rainbow, of which the colours are the reflections of the precious stones.
BIGELOW, ERASTUS BRIGHAM, American inventor of weaving machines, born in Massachusetts (1814-1879).
BIG-ENDIANS, a name given to the Catholics, as Little-endians is the name given to the Protestants, in the
imaginary kingdom of Lilliput, of which the former are regarded as heretics by the latter because they break their
eggs at the big end.
BIGGAR, a town in Lanarkshire, birthplace of Dr. John Brown and of the Gladstone ancestry.
BIGLOW, imaginary author of poems in the Yankee dialect, written by James Russell Lowell.
BIJAPUR`, city in the presidency of Bombay, once the capital of an extensive kingdom, now deserted, but with
remains of its former greatness.
BILBA`O (50), capital of the Basque prov. of Biscay, in Spain; a commercial city of ancient date, famous at one
time for its steel, specially in Queen Elizabeth's time, when a rapier was called a "bilbo."
BILDERDIJK, WILLEM, Dutch poet, born at Amsterdam (1756-1831).
BILE, a fluid secreted from the blood by the liver to aid in digestion, the secretion of which is most active
BILLAUD-VARENNES, JEAN NICOLAS, "a grim, resolute, unrepentant" member of the Jacobin Club; egged on the mob
during the September massacres in the name of liberty; was president of the Convention; assisted at the fall of
Robespierre, but could not avert his own; was deported to Surinam, and content to die there rather than return to
France, which Bonaparte made him free to do; died at Port-au-Prince (1756-1819).
BILLAUT, ADAM, the carpenter poet, called "Maitre Adam," born at Nevers, and designated "Virgile au Rabot" (a
carpenter's plane); _d_. 1662.
BILLINGS, ROBERT WILLIAM, architect, born in London; delineator of old historical buildings; his great work
"Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland," richly illustrated; was engaged in the restoration of old
buildings, as well as delineating them (1813-1874).
BILLINGSGATE, a fish-market in London, below London Bridge; also a name given to low, coarse language indulged
BILLINGTON, ELIZABETH, _nee_ WEICHSEL, a celebrated singer, born in London, of German descent; kept up her
celebrity to the last; died at Venice in 1817.
BILNEY, THOMAS, martyr, born in Norfolk, a priest who adopted the reformed doctrine; was twice arraigned, and
released on promise not to preach, but could not refrain, and was at last burned as a heretic in 1531.
BILOCATION, the power or state, ascribed to certain of the saints, of appearing in two places at the same
BIMETALLISM, the employment of two metals (gold and silver) in the currency of a country as legal tender at a
fixed relative value, the ratio usually proposed being 1 to 151/2.
BIMINI, a fabulous island with a fountain possessed of the virtue of restoring youth.
BINET, a French litterateur, translator of Horace and Virgil (1732-1812).
BINGEN, a manufacturing and trading town on the left bank of the Rhine, in Grand-Duchy of Hesse Darmstadt,
opposite which is the tower associated with the myth of Bishop Hatto.
BINGHAM, JOSEPH, an English divine, born at Wakefield; author of "Origines Ecclesiasticae," a laborious and
learned work; lost his all in the South-Sea Scheme and died (1668-1723).
BIOGENESIS, name of the theory that derives life from life, and opposed to ABIOGENESIS (q. v.).
BIOLOGY, the science of animal life in a purely physical reference, or of life in organised bodies generally,
including that of plants, in its varied forms and through its successive stages.
BION, a Greek pastoral poet of 3rd century B.C., born at Smyrna; a contemporary of Theocritus; settled in
Sicily; was poisoned, it is said, by a rival; little of his poetry survives.
BIOT, JEAN BAPTISTE, an eminent French mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, born at Paris; professor of
Physics in the College of France; took part in measuring an arc of the meridian along with Arago; made observations
on the polarisation of light, and contributed numerous memoirs to scientific journals; wrote works on astronomy
BIRAGUE, RENE DE, cardinal and chancellor of France, born at Milan; charged, especially by contemporary
historians, as the chief instigator of the St. Bartholomew Massacre (1507-1583).
BIRCH, SAMUEL, archaeologist and Egyptologist, born in London; keeper of Oriental antiquities in the British
Museum; had an extensive knowledge of Egyptology, wrote largely, and contributed articles on that and kindred
archaeological subjects (1813-1885).
BIRCH, THOMAS, antiquary, born in London; wrote a history of the Royal Society (1705-1765).
BIRCH-PFEIFFER, CHARLOTTE, actress, born in Stuttgart; acted in Berlin; wrote dramas (1800-1868).
BIRD, EDWARD, an English _genre_ painter, born in Wolverhampton, settled in Bristol; among his works are the
"Choristers Rehearsing," the "Field of Chevy Chase," and the "Day after the Battle," pronounced his masterpiece
BIRD, GOLDING, M.D., a great authority in kidney disease, of which he himself died (1815-1854).
BIRD, WILLIAM, a musician in the time of Elizabeth, composed madrigals; "Non Nobis, Domine," is ascribed to him
BIRD'S NEST, the nest of a species of swift, formed from a marine plant that has been first digested by a bird,
and esteemed a great luxury by the Chinese.
BIREN, DUKE OF COURLAND, son of a peasant, favourite of the Russian Empress Anne; held the reins of government
even after her death; ruled with great cruelty; was banished to Siberia, but recalled, and had his honours restored
to him, which in six years after he relinquished in favour of his eldest son (1687-1772).
BIRKBECK, GEORGE, M.D., a Yorkshireman, a zealous promoter all over the country of mechanics' institutes, was
founder of the London Institute, in consociation with Brougham and others interested in the diffusion of useful
BIRKENHEAD (100), in Cheshire, on the Mersey, opposite Liverpool and a suburb of it; a town of rapid growth, due
to the vicinity of Liverpool; has large shipbuilding-yards and docks.
BIRKENHEAD, SIR JOHN, a political writer, several times imprisoned during the Commonwealth for his obtrusive
BIRMINGHAM (478), in the NW. of Warwickshire, 112 m. NW. of London by rail; is the chief town of the Midlands,
and celebrated all over the world for its metal ware. All kinds of engines and machinery, fine gold, silver,
copper, and brass ware, cutlery and ammunition are made here; steel pens, buttons, nails, and screws are
specialties. It is a picturesque town with many fine buildings, libraries, art gallery and museums, educational
institutions, a cathedral, and a great town-hall, where the triennial musical festival is held. Of this town
Burne-Jones was a native, and Priestley, George Dawson, and Dale were dissenting ministers.
BIRNAM, a hill near Dunkeld, in Perthshire; contains part of a forest mentioned in "Macbeth."
BIRON, a madcap lord in "Love's Labour's Lost."
BIRON, BARON DE, marshal of France, born at Perigord; served bravely under Henry IV.; though a Catholic,
favoured the Huguenots; narrowly escaped at the Massacre of St. Bartholomew; was killed at the siege of Epernay;
carried a note-book with him everywhere, and so observant was he that it passed into proverb, "You will find it in
Biron's note-book" (1524-1592).
BIRON, DUC DE, son of the preceding; served also bravely under Henry IV.; but being a man of no principle and
discontented with the reward he got for his services, intrigued with the Duke of Savoy and with Spain against
Henry; was arrested and sent to the Bastille, where, after trial, he was beheaded (1562-1602).
BISCAY, BAY OF, a bay in the Atlantic, extending from Cape Ortegal, in Spain, to Cape Finisterre, in France, and
400 m. broad, of depth varying from 20 to 200 fathoms, and, under SW. winds particularly, one of the stormiest of
BISCHOF, KARL GUSTAV, chemist, born at Nueremberg, professor at Bonn; experimented on the inflammable power of
BISCHOFF, THEODOR LUDWIG WILHELM, distinguished biologist, born at Hanover; made a special study of embryology;
was professor of Anatomy at Heidelberg, of Physiology at Giessen, and of both at Muenich (1807-1882).
BISHOP, originally an overseer of souls, eventually an overseer of churches, especially of a district, and
conceived of by High-Churchmen as representing the apostles and deriving his powers by transmission from them.
BISHOP, SIR HENRY ROWLEY, an English composer, born in London, composer and director of music in Covent Garden
Theatre for 14 years; produced 60 pieces, of which "Guy Mannering," "The Miller and his Men," are still in favour;
was for a brief space professor of Music in Edinburgh University, and eventually held a similar chair in Oxford
BISHOP OF HIPPO, St. Augustine, as once in office there.
BISHOP-AUCKLAND (10), a market-town 9 m. SW. of Durham, where the bishop of Durham has his residence, a palatial
structure; it has coal-mines close by; manufactures machinery and cotton goods.
BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO (188), an archipelago formerly called New Britain, NE. of New Guinea; under the
protectorate of Germany.
BISMARCK-SCHOeNHAUSEN, EDUARD LEOPOLD, PRINCE VON, born at Schoenhausen; woke up into civil life by the events
of 1848; took a bold stand against revolutionary ideas and measures; conceived the idea of freeing the several
States of Germany from foreign control, and welding them into one under the crown of Prussia. Summoned in 1862 by
King William to be his political adviser, his influence was at first distrusted, but the annexation of
Sleswig-Holstein by force of arms in 1863 raised him into general favour. His next feat, the humiliation of Austria
at Koeniggraetz in 1866, and the consequent erection of a German Confederation, with Prussia at its head, made him
the idol of the nation. His treatment of Napoleon III. provoked the latter into a declaration of war, and to an
advance on the part of the French against Berlin. To the surprise of nearly all Europe, the Germans proved to be a
nation of soldiers, marshalled as army never was before, and beat the French ignominiously back from the Rhine.
Count Bismarck had the satisfaction of seeing the power of France, that still threatened, as well as that of
Austria, helpless at his feet, the German empire restored under a Hohenzollern king, and himself installed as
chancellor of the monarch he had served so well. Nothing he did after this--though he reformed the coinage,
codified the law, established protection, increased the army, and repressed Socialism--equalled this great feat,
and for this a grateful nation must ever honour his name. If he ceased to be chancellor of Germany on the accession
of William II., it was because the young king felt he would have a freer hand with a minister more likely to be
under his control (1815-1898).
BISSA`GOS, a group of some 20 volcanic islands off the coast of Senegambia, with a large negro population; yield
tropical products, and belong now to Portugal.
BISSEN, a Danish sculptor, born in Sleswig; a pupil of Thorwaldsen; intrusted by him to finish a statue he left
unfinished at his death; he produced some fine works, but his best known are his "Cupid Sharpening his Arrow" and
"Atalanta Hunting" (1798-1868).
BITHUR, a town on the right bank of the Ganges, 12 m. above Cawnpore, where Nana Sahib lived, and concocted the
conspiracy which developed into the mutiny of 1857.
BITHYNIA, a country in the NW. of Asia Minor, anciently so called; the people of it were of Thracian origin.
BITLIS (25), a high-lying town in Asiatic Turkey, 62 m. W. of Van; stands in a valley 8470 ft. above, the
sea-level, with a population of Mohammedans and Armenians.
BITUMEN, an inflammable mineral substance, presumably of vegetable origin, called Naphtha when liquid and
light-coloured, Petroleum when less fluid and darker, Maltha when viscid, and Asphalt when solid.
BITZIUS, a Swiss author, composed stories of Swiss life under the _nom de plume_ of Jeremias Gotthelf,
fascinating from their charming simplicity and truth; he is much admired by Ruskin; was by profession a Protestant
pastor, the duties of which he continued to discharge till his death (1797-1854).
BIZERTA (10), a seaport of Tunis, northernmost town in Africa, 38 m. NW. of the capital, with an excellent
BIZET, GEORGES, an operatic composer, born at Paris; his greatest work "Carmen"; died of heart-disease shortly
after its appearance (1838-1875).
BJOeRNSEN, a Norwegian author, born at Kvikne; composed tales, dramas, and lyrics, all of distinguished merit
and imbued with a patriotic spirit; his best play "Sigurd the Bastard"; an active and zealous promoter of
liberalism, sometimes extreme, both in religion and politics; his writings are numerous, and they rank high; his
songs being highly appreciated by his countrymen; _b_. 1832.
BLACK, JOSEPH, a celebrated chemist, born at Bordeaux, of Scotch parents; the discoverer of what has been called
latent heat, but what is really transformed energy; professor of Chemistry, first in Glasgow, then in Edinburgh,
where his lectures were very popular; his discoveries in chemistry were fruitful in results (1728-1799).
BLACK, WILLIAM, novelist, born in Glasgow; started life as a journalist in connection with the _Morning Star_;
has written several novels, over 30 in number, about the West Highlands of Scotland, rich in picturesque
description; the best known and most admired, "A Daughter of Heth," the "Madcap Violet," "Macleod of Dare," "The
Strange Adventures of a Phaeton," and "A Princess of Thule." "But when are you going to write a book, Mr. Black?"
said Carlyle to him one day (1841-1898).
BLACK ART, name given to the presumed power of evoking evil spirits.
BLACK ASSIZE, a plague at Oxford in 1557, which carried off 300 victims; caught at the assize from the prisoners
BLACK DEATH, a name given to a succession of fatal epidemics that devastated the world from China to Ireland in
the 14th century, believed to be the same as the Oriental plague, though attended with peculiar symptoms; the most
serious was that of 1348, which, as is reckoned, stripped England alone of one-third of its inhabitants.
BLACK FOREST (488), a wooded mountain chain 4000 ft. high (so called from the black pines that cover it), which
runs parallel with the Rhine, and E. of it, through Wuertemberg and Baden, from the Swiss frontier to Carlsruhe; is
remarkable for its picturesque scenery and its mineral wealth; it possesses many health resorts, as Baden-Baden and
Wildbad, where are mineral springs; silver, copper, cobalt, lead, and iron are wrought in many places; the women
and children of the region make articles of woodwork, such as wooden clocks, &c.
BLACK FRIARS, monks of the Dominican order; name of a district in London where they had a monastery.
BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA, a confined apartment 13 ft. square, into which 146 English prisoners were crammed by the
orders of Surajah Dowia on the 19th June 1756; their sufferings were excruciating, and only 23 survived till
BLACK LANDS, lands in the heart of Russia, extending between the Carpathians and the Urals, constituting
one-third of the soil, and consisting of a layer of black earth or vegetable mould, of from 3 to 20 ft. in
thickness, and a chief source, from its exhaustless fertility, of the wealth of the country.
BLACK MONDAY, Easter Monday in 1351, remarkable for the extreme darkness that prevailed, and an intense cold,
under which many died.
BLACK PRINCE, Prince of Wales, son of Edward III., so called, it is said, from the colour of his armour;
distinguished himself at Crecy, gained the battle of Poitiers, but involved his country in further hostilities with
France; returned to England, broken in health, to die (1330-1376).
BLACK ROD, GENTLEMAN USHER OF, an official of the House of Lords, whose badge of office is a black rod
surmounted by a gold lion; summons the Commons to the House, guards the privileges of the House, &c.
BLACK SATURDAY, name given in Scotland to Saturday, 4th August 1621; a stormy day of great darkness, regarded as
a judgment of Heaven against Acts then passed in the Scottish Parliament tending to establish Episcopacy.
BLACK SEA, or EUXINE, an inland sea, lying between Europe and Asia, twice the size of Britain, being 700 m. in
greatest length and 400 m. in greatest breadth; communicates in the N. with the Sea of Azov, and in the SW.,
through the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmora, and the Dardanelles, with the Mediterranean. It washes the shores of
Turkey, Rumelia, Bulgaria, Russia, and Asia Minor; receives the waters of the Danube, Dneister, Bug, and Don, from
Europe, and the Kizil-Irmak and Sakaria from Asia--three times as much as is received by the Mediterranean. It has
but one island, Adassi, off the mouths of the Danube; no reefs or shoals; hence in summer navigation is very safe.
In winter it is harassed by severe storms. Among the chief ports are Odessa, Kherson, Batoum, Trebizond, and
Sinope; the first two are ice-bound in January and February. For three centuries the Turks excluded all other
nations from its waters; but the Russians (1774), Austrians (1784), French and English (1802) secured trading
rights. Russia and Turkey keep fleets in it, but other warships are excluded. Its waters are fresher than those of
the ocean, and it has no noticeable tides.
BLACK WATCH, two Highland regiments, the 42nd and 73rd, so called from the dark colour of the tartan; raised
originally for the preservation of the peace in the Highlands.
BLACKBURN (120), a manufacturing town in Lancashire, 21 m. NW. of Manchester, a centre of the cotton industry,
and the greatest in the world; is the birthplace of Hargreaves, the inventor of the spinning-jenny.
BLACKHEATH, a common 7 m. SE. of London, once a favourite haunt of highwaymen, now a place of holiday resort for
Londoners; for long provided the only golfing-course in England.
BLACKIE, JOHN STUART, a man of versatile gifts and warm human sympathies, born in Glasgow; bred to the bar, but
devoted to literary pursuits; studied German; executed a metrical translation of Goethe's "Faust," Part I.; filled
the chair of Humanity in Aberdeen, and afterwards that of Greek in Edinburgh; was a zealous educational reformer;
took an active interest in everything affecting the welfare and honour of Scotland; founded a Celtic Chair in
Edinburgh University; spoke much and wrote much in his day on manifold subjects; AEschylus, and Homer's "Iliad" in
verse; among his works, which are numerous, "Self-Culture" is the most likely to survive him longest
BLACKLOCK, THOMAS, a clergyman, born in Annan, blind from early infancy; after occupying a charge for two years,
set up as a teacher in Edinburgh; was influential in inducing Burns to abandon his intention to emigrate, and may
be credited, therefore, with saving for his country and humanity at large one of the most gifted of his country's
BLACKMORE, RICHARD DODDRIDGE, novelist, born in Berks; bred to the bar; has written several novels, the best
known "Lorna Doone," which, though coldly received at first, became highly popular; he is pronounced unrivalled in
his day as a writer of rustic comedy; _b_. 1825.
BLACKMORE, SIR RICHARD, physician, born in Wilts; the most voluminous of poetasters, published four long
worthless poems, besides essays and psalms, &c., and made himself the butt of all the wits of the period; _d_.
BLACKPOOL (23), a watering-place on the coast of Lancashire, 18 m. NW. of Preston, sometimes called the
"Brighton of the North."
BLACKSTONE, SIR WILLIAM, an eminent jurist and judge, born in London, the son of a silk-mercer; was fellow of
Pembroke College, Oxford, and in 1746 called to the bar; became first Vinerian professor of Law at Oxford; had
Jeremy Bentham for one of his pupils; author of the well-known "Commentaries on the Laws of England," an authority
on the subject and a work that has appeared in many editions (1723-1780).
BLACKWELL, ALEXANDER, adventurer, born in Aberdeen; studied medicine; took to printing; thrown into prison for
debt; was supported by his wife; on his release went to Sweden, was patronised by the king; convicted of
conspiracy, and beheaded in 1747.
BLACKWELL, ELIZABETH, a lady doctor, born in Bristol, and the first to hold a medical diploma in the United
States; graduated in 1849; was admitted into the Maternity Hospital in Paris, and to St. Bartholomew's in London,
and has since distinguished herself as a social reformer; _b_. 1821.
BLACKWOOD, SIR HENRY, British admiral, much trusted by Nelson; distinguished at Aboukir Bay and Trafalgar; was
present at Nelson's death; held subsequently high naval positions (1770-1832).
BLACKWOOD, WILLIAM, born in Edinburgh, originator of _Blackwood's Magazine_; originally a bookseller; started
_Maga_, as it was called, in 1817, his principal literary advisers being Professor Wilson and Lockhart; conducted
it as editor till his death (1776-1834). JOHN, his third son, his successor, no less distinguished in the cause of
BLAEU, WILLEM JANZSOON, Dutch cartographer, born at Alkmaar; his terrestrial and celestial globes have been
admired for their excellence and accuracy (1571-1638). His son JAN edited a valuable atlas called "Atlas Major," in
11 volumes; _d_. 1673.
BLAINVILLE, HENRI MARIE, a French naturalist; devoted himself to medicine; became assistant to Cuvier; succeeded
him as professor of Comparative Anatomy; wrote largely on natural science, and particularly on subjects connected
with his appointment as a professor (1777-1850).
BLAIR, HUGH, clergyman, born in Edinburgh; held in succession several charges in Scotland, and became professor
of Rhetoric in Edinburgh University; author of "Lectures on Rhetoric" and "Sermons," which latter are of the nature
of moral essays rather than sermons, were much esteemed at one time for their polished style, and procured him a
pension of L200 from the king; he was a man of great critical acumen, and the celebrated Schleiermacher did not
think it beneath him to translate some of them into German (1718-1800).
BLAIR, ROBERT, author of "The Grave," a thoughtful and cultured man, born in Edinburgh; minister of
Athelstaneford, where he was succeeded by Home, the author of "Douglas." His poem has the merit of having been
illustrated by William Blake (1699-1743).
BLAKE, ROBERT, the great English admiral and "Sea King," born at Bridgewater; successful as a soldier under the
Commonwealth, before he tried seamanship; took first to sea in pursuit of Prince Rupert and the royalist fleet,
which he destroyed; beat the Dutch under Van Tromp de Ruyter and De Witt; sailed under the great guns of Tunis into
the harbour, where he fired a fleet of Turkish pirates; and finally, his greatest feat, annihilated a Spanish fleet
in Santa Cruz Bay under the shadow of the Peak of Teneriffe, "one of the fiercest actions ever fought on land or
BLAKE, WILLIAM, poet, painter, and engraver, born in London, where, with rare intervals, he spent his life a
mystic from his very boyhood; apprenticed to an engraver, whom he assisted with his drawings; started on original
lines of his own as illustrator of books and a painter; devoted his leisure to poetry; wrote "Songs of Innocence,"
"Marriage of Heaven and Hell," "Gates of Paradise," and "Songs of Experience"; was an intensely religious man of
deep spiritual insight, most vivid feeling and imagination; illustrated Young's "Night Thoughts," Blair's "Grave,"
and the "Book of Job." He was a man of stainless character but eccentric habits, and had for wife an angel,
Catherine Boucher (1757-1828).
BLANC, CHARLES, a French art critic, brother of Louis Blanc (1813-1882).
BLANC, JEAN JOSEPH LOUIS, a French Socialist, born at Madrid; started as a journalist, founded the _Revue du
Progres_, and published separately in 1840 "Organisation of Labour," which had already appeared in the _Revue_, a
work which gained the favour of the working-classes; was member of the Provisional Government of 1848, and
eventually of the National Assembly; threatened with impeachment, fled to England; returned to France on the fall
of the Empire, and was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1871; wrote an "elaborate and well-written" "History
of the French Revolution"; died at Cannes (1811-1882).
BLANC, MONT, the highest mountain in Europe, 15,780 ft., almost entirely within France; sends numerous glaciers
down its slopes, the Mer de Glace the chief.
BLANCHARD, FRANCOIS, a celebrated French aeronaut, inventor of the parachute; he fell from his balloon and was
killed at the Hague (1738-1809).
BLANCHARD, LAMAN, a prolific periodical and play writer, born at Yarmouth; a man of a singularly buoyant spirit,
crushed by calamities; died by suicide (1803-1845).
BLANCHE OF CASTILE, wife of Louis VIII. of France and mother of St. Louis; regent of France during the minority
of her son and during his absence in crusade; governed with great discretion and firmness; died of grief over the
long absence of her son and his rumoured intention to stay in the Holy Land (1186-1252).
BLANCHET, THE ABBE, French litterateur; author of "Apologues and Tales," much esteemed (1707-1784).
BLANDRATA, GIORGIO, Piedmontese physician, who for his religious opinions was compelled to take refuge, first in
Poland, then in Transylvania, where he sowed the seeds of Unitarianism (1515-1590).
BLANQUI, ADOLPHE, a celebrated French publicist and economist, born at Nice; a disciple of J. B. Say, and a
free-trader; his principal work, "History of Political Economy in Europe" (1798-1854).
BLANQUI, LOUIS AUGUSTE, a brother of the preceding, a French republican of extreme views and violent procedure;
would appear to have posed as a martyr; spent nearly half his life in prison (1805-1881).
BLARNEY-STONE, a stone in Castle Blarney, Cork, of difficult access, which is said to endow whoso kisses it with
a fair-spoken tongue, hence the application of the word.
BLASIUS, ST., bishop of Sebaste, in Armenia; the patron of wool-combers; suffered martyrdom in 316.
BLASPHEMY, defined by Ruskin as the opposite of euphemy, and as wishing ill to anything, culminating in wishing
ill to God, as the height of "ill-manners."
BLATANT BEAST, Spenser's name for the ignorant, slanderous, clamour of the mob.
BLAVATSKY, MME., a theosophist, born in Russia; a great authority on theosophy, the doctrines of which she
professed she derived from the fountain-head in Thibet (1813-1891).
BLEEK, FRIEDRICH, eminent German Biblical exegete and critic of the Schleiermacher school, born in Holstein;
professor at Bonn; his chief work, "Commentary on the Hebrews," a great work; others are Introductions to the Old
and to the New Testaments (1793-1859).
BLEEK, WM., son of preceding, a philologist; accompanied Colenso to Natal; author of "Comparative Grammar of the
S. African Languages" (1827-1875).
BLEFUSCU, an island separated from Lilliput by a strait 800 yards wide, inhabited by pigmies; understood to
BLENHEIM, a village in Bavaria, near Augsburg; famous for Marlborough's victory in 1704, and giving name to
BLENHEIM PARK, near Woodstock, Oxford, the gift, with the Woodstock estate, of the country to the Duke of
Marlborough, for his military services in the Spanish Succession war.
BLESSINGTON, COUNTESS OF, an Irish lady celebrated for her beauty and wit; figured much in intellectual circles
in London; had her salon at Kensington; was on intimate terms with Byron, and published "Conversations with Byron,"
and wrote several novels; being extravagant, fell into debt, and had to flee the country (1789-1849).
BLICHER, STEEN STEENSEN, Danish poet of rural life (1782-1848).
BLIGH, WM., a naval officer; served under Captain Cook; commanded the _Bounty_ at Tahiti, when his crew mutinied
under his harsh treatment, and set him adrift, with 18 others, in an open boat, in which, after incredible
privations, he arrived in England; was afterwards governor of N.S. Wales, but dismissed for his rigorous and
arbitrary conduct (1753-1817).
BLIMBER, MRS. CORNELIA, a prim school-matron in "Dombey & Son."
BLIND, KARL, revolutionist and journalist, born at Mannheim; took part in the risings of 1848, and sentenced to
prison in consequence of a pamphlet he wrote entitled "German Hunger and German Princes," but rescued by the mob;
found refuge in England, where he interested himself in democratic movements, and cultivated his literary as well
as his political proclivities by contributing to magazines, and otherwise; _b_. 1826.
BLIND HARRY, a wandering Scottish minstrel of the 15th century; composed in verse "The Life of that Noble
Champion of Scotland, Sir William Wallace."
BLINKERT DUNE, a dune near Haarlem, 197 ft. above the sea-level.
BLOCH, MARCUS ELIESER, a naturalist, born at Anspach, of Jewish descent; his "Ichthyology" is a magnificent
national work, produced at the expense of the wealthiest princes of Germany (1723-1799).
BLOEMAERT, a family of Flemish painters and engravers in 16th and 17th centuries.
BLOIS, capital of the deps. of Loire and Cher, France, on the Loire, 35 m. S. of Orleans; a favourite residence
of Francis I. and Charles IX., and the scene of events of interest in the history of France.
BLOMEFLELD, FRANCIS, a clergyman, born at Norfolk; author of "Topographical History of the County of Norfolk"
BLOMFIELD, bishop of London, born at Bury St. Edmunds; Greek scholar; active in the Church extension of his
BLONDEL, a troubadour of the 12th century; a favourite of Richard Coeur de Lion, who, it is said, discovered the
place of Richard's imprisonment in Austria by singing the first part of a love-song which Richard and he had
composed together, and by the voice of Richard in responding to the strain.
BLONDIN, CHARLES, an acrobat and rope-dancer, born at St. Omer, France; celebrated for his feats in crossing
Niagara Falls on the tight-rope; _b_. 1824.
BLOOD, THOMAS, COLONEL, an Irish desperado, noted for his daring attempts against the life of the Duke of
Ormonde, and for carrying off the regalia in the Tower; unaccountably pardoned by Charles II., and received
afterwards into royal favour with a pension of L500 per annum. He was afterwards charged with conspiracy, and
committed to the King's Bench, and released.
BLOODY ASSIZES, the judicial massacres and cruel injustices perpetrated by Judge Jeffreys during Circuit in
BLOODY BONES, a hobgoblin feared by children.
BLOODY STATUTE, statute of Henry VIII. making it a crime involving the heaviest penalties to question any of the
fundamental doctrines of the Romish Church.
BLOOMFLELD, ROBERT, an English poet, born in Suffolk, by trade a shoemaker; author of the "Farmer's Boy," a
highly popular production, translated into French and Italian; spent his last days in ill-health struggling with
poverty, which brought on dejection of mind (1766-1823).
BLOUNT, CHARLES, a deist, born in London; assailant of revealed religion; was involved in all the controversies
of the time; died by his own hand (1654-1693).
BLOWPIPE, a contrivance by which a current of air is driven through a flame, and the flame directed upon some
fusible substance to fuse or vitrify it.
BLUeCHER, Prussian field-marshal, familiarly named "Marshal Forwards," born at Rostock; served first in the
Swedish army, then in the Prussian; distinguished as a leader of cavalry, and met with varying fortune; at the age
of 70 commanded the centre of the Allied Army in 1813; distinguished himself at Luetzen and Leipzig; pursued the
French across the Rhine; pressed forward to Paris at the time of Napoleon's abdication; defeated by Napoleon at
Ligny, 16th June 1815; arrived on the field of Waterloo just as the French were preparing to make their last
charge, and contributed to decide the fate of the day (1742-1819).
BLUE MOUNTAINS, a range of thickly wooded mountains traversing Jamaica from E. to W., from 5000 to 7000 ft. in
height; also a chain of mountains in New South Wales of two parallel ranges, with a deep chasm between, and full of
gloomy ravines and beetling precipices, the highest 4100 ft.
BLUE NOSE, a nickname given to an inhabitant of Nova Scotia or New Brunswick.
BLUEBEARD, a wealthy seigneur, the owner of a castle; marries a beautiful woman, and leaves her in charge of the
keys of the apartments in his absence, with injunctions not to unlock any of the doors, an injunction which she
fails to respect, and finds to her horror the remains of his former wives locked up in one of them; her
disobedience is discovered, and she is to prepare for death, but is rescued, as she lies with her head on the
block, by the timely arrival of her brothers, who at once despatch the husband to his merited doom.
BLUE-BOOKS, Parliamentary documents bound in _blue_ paper, as the corresponding documents in France are in
_yellow_; they have been published regularly since the beginning of the 18th century, those of a single session now
forming a collection of some 60 folio volumes.
BLUE-COAT SCHOOL, a name given to Christ's Hospital, London, founded in the reign of Edward VI., from the blue
coats worn by the boys.
BLUE-GOWN, in Scotland a beggar, a bedesman of the king, who wore a blue gown, the gift of the king, and had his
license to beg.
BLUE-STOCKING, a female pedant or _femme savante_, a name derived from a learned coterie, formed in the 15th
century, at Venice, who wore blue stockings as a badge.
BLUFF HAL, or HARRY, Henry VIII. of England.
BLUM, a German politician, born at Cologne; tried by court-martial and shot for abetting a political movement in
Vienna in 1848, a proceeding which created a wide-spread sensation at the time all over Europe; _b_. 1807.
BLUMENBACH, JOHANN FRIEDRICH, a distinguished German naturalist and ethnologist, born at Gotha; studied at Jena;
became professor at Goettingen, an office he filled for 60 years; his works gave a great impulse to scientific
research in all directions; the chief were "Institutiones Physiologicae," "Manual of Natural History," "Manual of
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology"; he made craniology a special study; was a great advocate for religious liberty
BLUMENTHAL, LEONARD VON, field-marshal in the Prussian army; distinguished in the wars with Denmark, Austria,
and France; an eminent strategist; _b_. 1810.
BLUMI`NE, the siren that Calypsowise in "Sartor" seduced Teufelsdroeckh at the commencement of his career, but
who opened his eyes to see that it is not in sentiment, however fine, that the soul's cravings can find
BLUNT, JOHN HENRY, D.D., born at Chelsea; wrote largely on theological and ecclesiastical subjects
BLUNTSCHLI, JOHANN KASPAR, a distinguished jurist, born at Zurich; an authority in international law; a liberal
conservative both in Church and State; founder and president of the Protestant Union called the
BOABDIL, or ABU-ABDALLAH, surnamed "The Unfortunate," the last Moorish king of Granada, from 1481 to 1492;
expelled from his throne by Ferdinand of Castile and Aragon; as he rode off he halted on a hill called "The Last
Sigh of the Moor," and wept as he looked back on the Alhambra, while his mother added to his bitterness with the
cutting sarcasm, "Weep as a woman for a throne you have not been able to defend as a man"; died shortly after in
Africa, recklessly throwing away his life on a field of battle.
BOADICE`A, a British heroine, queen of the Iceni, who occupied Norfolk and Suffolk; roused by indignity done to
her and her people by the Romans, gathered round her an army, who, with a murderous onslaught, attacked their
settlements and destroyed them; but being attacked and defeated in turn by Suetonius Paulinus, the Roman governor,
she put, in her despair, an end to her life by poison, A.D. 61. Cowper made her the theme of one of his poems.
BOANERGES (i. e. Sons of Thunder), applied by Christ to the sons of Zebedee for the vehemence of their zeal.
BOAZ and JACHIN, two pillars of brass at the entrance of Solomon's Temple, signifying respectively strength and
BOB`ADIL, CAPTAIN, a braggadocio in Ben Jonson's "Every Man in his Humour."
BOBECHE, a French theatrical clown, under the Empire and the Restoration, son of an upholsterer of the St.
Antoine faubourg, the type of the merry-andrew at country fairs.
BOCCACCIO, GIOVANNI, the celebrated Italian _raconteur_, born near Florence; showed early a passion for
literature; sent by his father to Naples to pursue a mercantile career; gave himself up to story-telling in prose
and verse; fell in love with Maria, a beautiful woman, daughter of the king, styled by him Fiammetta, for whom he
wrote several of his works, and his great work, the "Decameron"; early formed a lifelong friendship with Petrarch,
along with whom he contributed to the revival and study of classic literature; lectured on Dante in Florence;
Petrarch's death deeply affected him, and he died the year after (1313-1375).
BOCCHERINI, LUIGI, a celebrated Italian musical composer, born at Lucca; was associated with Manfredi, the
violinist; his works were numerous; appears to have lived in poverty and obscurity (1740-1805).
BOCHART, SAMUEL, a Protestant divine, born at Rouen; pastor at Caen; a geographer and an Orientalist; wrote a
treatise on sacred geography; celebrated for a nine-days' discussion with the Jesuit Verin (1599-1667).
BODE, JOHANN ELERT, an astronomer, born at Hamburg; was professor of Astronomy and director of Observatory at
Berlin; produced a number of astronomical works, one of his best, "An Introduction to the Knowledge of the Starry
Heavens;" gave name to the law of the planetary distances, called Bode's Law, although it was observed by Kepler
long before his day (1747-1826).
BODEL, a celebrated troubadour of the 13th century, born at Arras.
BODENSEE, another name for the Lake of Constance, well called the filter of the Rhine.
BODIN, JEAN, a publicist and diplomatist, born at Angers; author of "The Republic," in six books, published at
first in French and then in Latin, which summed up all the political philosophy of his time, and contributed to
prepare the way for subsequent speculations; was the precursor of Hobbes and Montesquieu (1530-1596).
BODLEIAN LIBRARY, the university library of Oxford, founded, or rather restored, by Sir Thomas Bodley in 1593;
enlarged from time to time by bequests, often munificent. It possesses 400,000 printed volumes and 30,000 MSS.
BODLEY, SIR THOMAS, born at Exeter; employed on embassies by Elizabeth on the Continent, where he collected a
number of valuable books; bequeathed them and his fortune to the university library of Oxford, named after him
BODMER, JOHANN JACOB, a distinguished Swiss critic, born near Zurich; the first, by study of the masters in
literature of Greece and Rome, France, England, and Italy, to wake up Germany to a sense of its poverty in that
line, and who aided, along with others, in the inauguration of a new era, which he did more by his republication of
the Minnesingers and part of the "Nibelungen Lied" than by his advocacy (1698-1783).
BODMIN (5), the county town of Cornwall, supersedes Truro as capital; an important agricultural centre; has
large annual fairs for cattle, horses, and sheep.
BODONI, an Italian printer; settled at Parma, where his press was set up in the ducal palace, whence issued
magnificent editions of the classics, Horace, Virgil, Tacitus, Tasso, and, last of all, Homer. He was often tempted
to Rome, but he refused to quit Parma and the patronage of the ducal house there (1740-1813).
BOeDTCHER, LUDWIG, a Danish lyric poet, born at Copenhagen; lived chiefly in Italy (1793-1874).
BOECE, HECTOR, a humanist and Scottish historian, born at Dundee; professor of Philosophy at Paris; friend of
Erasmus; was principal of university at Aberdeen; wrote "History of Bishops of Mortlach and Aberdeen," and "History
of Scotland" in excellent Latin (1465-1536).
BOECKH, PHILIP AUGUST, classical antiquary, born at Carlsruhe; professor of Ancient Literature in Berlin; a
classic of the first rank, and a contributor on a large scale to all departments of Greek classical learning; was
an eminently learned man, and an authority in different departments of learning (1785-1867).
BOEHM, SIR JOSEPH EDGAR, sculptor, born in Vienna, of Hungarian parentage; settled in England; executed a
colossal statue of the Queen at Windsor, a seated statue of Carlyle on the Thames Embankment, a statue of Bunyan at
Bedford, &c.; patronised by the Queen and royal family; buried in St. Paul's by the Queen's desire
BOEHME, JACOB, a celebrated German mystic, born at Goerlitz; of an imaginatively meditative turn from boyhood as
a neat-herd, and afterwards in his stall as a shoemaker; spent his whole life in meditation on divine things; saw
in the Bible a revelation of these as in no other book; seemed to have eyes given him to see visions of these
things himself, for which he felt he had no organ to express, and which he conveyed to others in mystical,
apocalyptical speech; a thinker very fascinating to all minds of the seer class. He was subject to persecution, as
all of his stamp are, by the men of the letter, and bore up with the meekness which all men of his elevation of
character ever do--"quiet, gentle, and modest," as they all are to the very core, in his way of thinking; and his
philosophy would seem to have anticipated the secret of Hegel, who acknowledges him as one of the fathers of German
philosophy. He left writings which embody a scheme of mystical theology, setting forth the trinity in unity of the
Hegelian system, that is, viewing the divine as it is in itself, as it comes out in nature, and as it returns to
itself in the human soul (1575-1624).
BOEHMER, a German historian, born at Frankfort; author of works on the Carlovingian period of history
BOEO`TIA, a country of ancient Greece, N. of the Gulf of Corinth; the natives, though brave, were mere tillers
of the soil under a heavy atmosphere, innocent of culture, and regarded as boors and dullards by the educated
classes of Greece, and particularly of Athens, and yet Hesiod, Pindar, and Plutarch were natives of Boeotia.
BOERHAAVE, a great physician, born near Leyden, and son of a pastor; ultimately professor of Medicine and Botany
there, as well as of Chemistry; chairs of which he filled and adorned with the greatest distinction; his reputation
spread over Europe, and even as far as China--a letter from which bore the simple address, "To M. Boerhaave,
Europe," and found him; his system was adopted by the profession, and patients from far and wide came to consult
him--among others, Pope Benedict VIII. and Peter the Great; his character was as noble as his abilities were great;
his principal works were "Institutiones Medicae," "Aphorismi de Cognoscendis et Curandis Morbis," "Libellus de
Materia Medica," and "Institutiones Chemicae" (1668-1738).
BOERS (i. e. peasants engaged in tillage), Dutch colonists of an independent republican temper, who in the 17th
century squatted in S. Africa; gave themselves to agriculture and cattle-rearing; settled at length in the
Transvaal in a self-governed community by themselves.
BOETHIUS, ANICIUS MANLIUS SEVERINUS, a Roman statesman, born at Rome, of Consular rank, a profoundly learned
man, held the highest offices, Consul among others, under Theodoric the Goth; his integrity and opposition to
injustice procured him enemies, who accused him of treason; he was cast into prison, and finally put to death;
wrote in prison his "De Consolatione Philosophiae," in five parts, employing verse and prose alternately, which
King Alfred translated into Anglo-Saxon; he was canonised as a martyr, and his influence was great during the
Middle Ages (470-524).
BOEUF, FRONT DE, a character in "Ivanhoe."
BOGATZKY, KARL HEINRICH VON, religious writer; wrote hymns and an autobiography; is best known as the author of
the "Golden Treasury" (1690-1744).
BOGDANOVITCH, a Russian poet, called by his countrymen the "Russian Anacreon"; his best-known poem "Psyche"
BOGERMANN, JOHANN, Dutch divine, translated the Bible into Dutch, and was President of the Synod of Dort
BOGOTA` (100), capital of the United State of Colombia, situated on a remarkable, almost mountain-encircled,
plateau, on the river Bogota, 65 m. SE. of its port, Honda, the highest navigable point of the Magdalena, is 8600
ft. above sea-level, and has a spring-like climate. It is regularly built, with innumerable churches, a mint,
university, library, and observatory, and several schools. Though the country is fertile and the mountains rich in
coal, iron, salt, and precious metals, its situation and the want of a railway hinder trade.
BOG-TROTTER, a name given to the Scottish moss-troopers, now to certain Irish for their agility in escaping over
BOGUE, DAVID, born in Berwickshire, a Congregational minister; one of the founders of the London Foreign
Missionary, the Foreign Bible, and the Religious Tract Societies (1750-1825).
BOHEMIA (5,843), the most northerly province in Austria, two-thirds the size of Scotland; is encircled by
mountains, and drained by the upper Elbe and its tributaries. The Erzgebirge separate it from Saxony; the
Riesengebirge, from Prussia; the Boehmerwald, from Bavaria; and the Moravian Mountains, from Moravia. The mineral
wealth is varied and great, including coal, the most useful metals, silver, sulphur, and porcelain clay. The
climate is mild in the valleys, the soil fertile; flax and hops the chief products; forests are extensive. Dyeing,
calico-printing, linen and woollen manufactures, are the chief industries. The glassware is widely celebrated;
there are iron-works and sugar-refineries. The transit trade is very valuable. The people are mostly Czechs, of the
Slavonic race, Roman Catholics in religion; there is a large and influential German minority of about two millions,
with whom the Czechs, who are twice as numerous, do not amalgamate; the former being riled at the official use of
the Czech language, and the latter agitating for the elevation of the province to the same status as that of
Hungary. Education is better than elsewhere in Austria; there is a university at Prague, the capital. In the 16th
century the crown was united with the Austrian, but in 1608 religious questions led to the election of the
Protestant Frederick V. This was followed by the Thirty Years' War, the extermination of the Protestants, and the
restoration of the Austrian House.
BOHEMIAN, name given to one who lives by his wits and shuns conventionality.
BOHEMIAN BRETHREN, a fraternity of an extreme sect of the Hussites, organised as United Brethren in 1455; broken
up in the Thirty Years' War, met in secret, and were invited, under the name of Moravians or Herrnhuters, by Count
Zinzendorf to settle on his estate.
BOHEMOND, first prince of Antioch, son of Robert Guiscard; set out on the first crusade; besieged and took
Antioch; was besieged in turn by the Saracens, and imprisoned for two years; liberated, he collected troops and
recaptured the city (1056-1111).
BOHLEN, VON, a German Orientalist, professor at Koenigsberg (1796-1840).
BONN, HENRY GEORGE, an enterprising publisher, a German, born in London; issued a series of works identified
with his name (1796-1884).
BOeHTLINGK, OTTO, Sanskrit scholar, a German, born in St. Petersburg; author, among other works, of a Sanskrit
dictionary in 7 vols.; _b_.1815.
BOIARDO, MATTEO MARIA, Count of Scandiano, surnamed the "Flower of Chivalry"; an Italian poet, courtier,
diplomatist, and statesman; author of "Orlando Innamorato" (1456), the model of Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso," which
eclipsed it (1434-1494).
BOIELDIEU, ADRIEN FRANCOIS, a distinguished French musical composer of operas; author of the "Calife de Bagdad,"
"Telemaque," and "La Dame Blanche," reckoned his masterpiece; called the French Mozart (1775-1834).
BOIGNE, COUNT DE, a French soldier of fortune, born at Chambery; served under France, Russia, East India
Company, and the prince of the Mahrattas, to whom he rendered signal service; amassed wealth, which he dealt out
generously and for the benefit of his country (1751-1830).
BOII, an ancient people of Gaul, occupying territory between the Allier and the Loire.
BOILEAU, NICOLAS (surnamed Despreaux, to distinguish him from his brother), poet and critic, born in Paris;
brought up to the law, but devoted to letters, associating himself with La Fontaine, Racine, and Moliere; author of
"Satires" and "Epistles," "L'Art Poetique," "Le Lutrin," &c., in which he attached and employed his wit against
the bad taste of his time; did much to reform French poetry, as Pascal did to reform the prose, and was for long
the law-giver of Parnassus; was an imitator of Pope, but especially of Horace (1636-1711).
BOISARD, a French fabulist of remarkable fecundity (1743-1831).
BOIS-GUILLEBERT, a French economist, cousin of Vauban; advocate of free trade; _d_. 1714.
BOIS-LE-DUC (27), capital of North Brabant, 45 m. SE. of Amsterdam, and with a fine cathedral; seat of an
BOISMONT, THE ABBE, one of the best French pulpit orators of the 18th century (1715-1786).
BOISROBERT, THE ABBE, a French poet, one of the first members of the French Academy; patronised by Richelieu
BOISSONADE, JEAN FRANCOIS, a French Greek scholar; for a time carried away by the revolutionary movement, but
abandoned politics for letters (1774-1857).
BOISSIERE, a French lexicographer (1806-1885).
BOISSY D'ANGLAS, COUNT, a member and president of the Convention in Paris, noted for his firmness and coolness
during the frenzy of the Revolution: one day the Parisian mob burst in upon the Convention, shot dead a young
deputy, Feraud, "sweeping the members of it before them to the upper-bench ... covered, the president sat
unyielding, like a rock in the beating of seas; they menaced him, levelled muskets at him, he yielded not; they
held up Feraud's bloody head to him; with grave, stern air he bowed to it, and yielded not"; became a senator and
commander of the Legion of Honour under Napoleon; was made a peer by Louis XVIII. (1756-1826).
BOISTE, a French lexicographer (1765-1824).
BOKHA`RA (1,800), a Mohammedan State in Central Asia, N. of Afghanistan, nominally independent; but the Khan is
a vassal of the Czar. The surface is arid, and cultivation possible only near the rivers-the Oxus, Zarafshan, and
Karshi. In the sands of the Oxus, gold and salt are found. Rice, cotton, and cereals are grown; silk,
cotton-thread, jewellery, cutlery, and firearms are manufactured. The people are of Turk and Persian origin. The
capital, Bokhara (70), is on the plain of the Zarafshan, a walled, mud-built city, 8 or 9 m. in circumference, with
numerous colleges and mosques, the centre of learning and religious life in Central Asia. It has important trade
and large slave markets.
BOLAN` PASS, a high-lying, deep, narrow gorge, extending between Quetta (Beluchistan) and Kandahar
(Afghanistan), sloping upwards at an inclination of 90 ft. a mile; is traversed by a torrent.
BOLESLAUS, the name of several dukes of Poland, of whom the most famous is Boleslaus I. the Great, who ruled
from 992 to 1025.
BOLEYN, ANNE, or BULLEN, second wife of Henry VIII. and mother of Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thoman Bullen
(afterwards Earl of Wiltshire); after a three years' residence at the French Court became maid of honour to Queen
Katherine; attracted the admiration of Henry; was married to him, and became queen; charged with adultery and
conspiracy, was found guilty and beheaded; was of the Reformed faith; her marriage with Henry had important
bearings on the English Reformation (1507-1536).
BOLINGBROKE, HENRY ST. JOHN, VISCOUNT, English statesman, orator, and political writer, born at Battersea; Prime
Minister of Queen Anne in the Tory interest, after her dismissal of the Whigs; on the accession of George I. fled
to France and joined the Pretender; was impeached and attainted; returned in 1723 to his estates, but denied a seat
in the House of Lords, an indignity which he resented by working the overthrow of Walpole; was the friend of Pope
and Swift, and the author of "Letters" bearing upon politics and literature. "Bolingbroke," says Prof. Saintsbury,
"is a rhetorician pure and simple, but the subjects of his rhetoric were not the great and perennial subjects, but
puny ephemeral forms of them--the partisan and personal politics of his day, the singularly shallow form of
infidelity called Deism and the like; and his time deprived him of many, if not most, of the rhetorician's most
telling weapons. The 'Letter to Windham,' a sort of apologia, and the 'Ideal of a Patriot King,' exhibit him at his
best." It was he who suggested to Pope his "Essay on Man" (1678-1751).
BOLIVAR, SIMON, surnamed the Liberator, general and statesman, born at Caracas; a man of good birth and liberal
education; seized with the passion for freedom during a visit to Madrid and Paris, devoted himself to the cause of
S. American independence; freed from the yoke of Spain Venezuela and New Grenada, which, in 1819, he erected into a
republic under the name of Colombia; achieved in 1824 the same for Upper Peru, henceforth called Bolivia, after his
name; accused of aspiring to the Dictatorship, he abdicated, and was preparing to leave the country when he died of
fever, with the sage reflection on his lips, "The presence of a soldier, however disinterested he may be, is always
dangerous in a State that is new to freedom"; he has been called the Washington of S. America (1783-1830).
BOLIVIA (1,500), an inland republic of S. America, occupying lofty tablelands E. of the Andes, and surrounded by
Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Chili. The S. is chiefly desert; in the N. are Lake Titicaca and many
well-watered valleys. The very varied heights afford all kinds of vegetation, from wheat and maize to tropical
fruits. In the lower plains coffee, tobacco, cotton, and cinchona are cultivated. The most important industry is
mining: gold, silver, copper, and tin. Trade is hampered by want of navigable rivers, but helped by railways from
Chili, Peru, and Argentina. Silver is the chief export; manufactured goods are imported. The country has been
independent since 1825; it lost its sea provinces in the war with Chili, 1879-83. The capital is Sucre (12), but La
Pay (45) and Cochabamba (14) are larger towns.
BOLLAND, JOHN, a Jesuit of Antwerp, born in Belgium; compiled five vols. of the Lives of the Saints called "Acta
Sanctorum," which was continued by others, called after him "Bollandists."
BOLLANDISTS, a succession of Jesuits who produced the Lives of the Saints, now extended to sixty vols.
BOLOGNA (147), an ancient walled city of Italy, on a fertile plain, at the foot of the Lower Apennines, 83 m. N.
of Florence; has many fine buildings, a university, one of the oldest in Europe, schools of music and art,
libraries, and art collections. There are some silk and other industries, and considerable trade.
BOLOGNA, JOHN OF, one of the most celebrated sculptors of art in his time, born at Douai, settled at Florence
BOLOR-TAGH, a high tableland in Central Asia, stretching from the Hindu Kush mountains northwards to the Tian
BOLSE`NA, a small town in Italy, on the E. shore of Lake Bolsena.
BOLSENA, a lake with clear water in a hollow crater of a volcano, and abounding with fish, but with an
BOLTON (115), manufacturing town of Lancashire.
BOLTON ABBEY, an old abbey in Yorkshire, 6 m. E. of Skipton; was founded by the Augustinian canons.
BOMA, a station on the Lower Congo, in the Congo Independent State; once a great slave mart.
BOMARSUND, a fortress of the island of Aland occupied by Russia, destroyed by the Anglo-French fleet in 1854;
the Russians bound not to restore it.
BOMBA, nickname of Ferdinand II., late king of the Two Sicilies, given him, it is alleged, from his calling upon
his soldiers to bombard his people during an insurrection.
BOMBASTES FURIOSO, an opera by Thomas Rhodes in ridicule of the bombastic style of certain tragedies in
BOMBAY (26,960), the western Presidency of India, embraces 26 British districts and 19 feudatory states. N. of
the Nerbudda River the country is flat and fertile; S. of it are mountain ranges and tablelands. In the fertile N.
cotton, opium, and wheat are the staple products. In the S., salt, iron, and gold are mined; but coal is wanting.
The climate is hot and moist on the coast and in the plains, but pleasant on the plateaux. Cotton manufacture has
developed extensively and cotton cloths, with sugar, tea, wool, and drugs are exported. Machinery, oil, coal, and
liquors are imported. BOMBAY (822), the chief city, stands on an island, connected with the coast by a causeway,
and has a magnificent harbour and noble docks. It is rapidly surpassing Calcutta in trade, and is one of the
greatest of seaports; its position promises to make it the most important commercial centre in the East, as it
already is in the cotton trade of the world. It swarms with people of every clime, and its merchandise is mainly in
the hands of the Parsees, the descendants of the ancient fire-worshippers. It is the most English town in India. It
came to England from Portugal as dowry with Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II., who leased it to the East
India Company for L10 a year. Its prosperity began when the Civil War in America afforded it an opening for its
BON GAULTIER, _nom de plume_ assumed by Professor Aytoun and Sir Theodore Martin.
BONA (30), a seaport in Algeria, in the province of Constantine, on a bay of the Mediterranean, with an
excellent harbour and a growing trade; is much improved since its occupation by the French in 1832. Near it are the
ruins of Hippo, the episcopal city of Augustine.
BONA, an ascetic writer, surnamed the Fenelon of Italy, one of feuillant order of monks (1609-1674).
BONA DEA (the good goddess), a Roman goddess of fertility, worshipped by women; her priests vestals and her
worship by rites from which men were excluded. Her symbol was a serpent, but the name under which she was
worshipped is not known.
BONALD, VICOMTE DE, a French publicist, a violent royalist and ultramontanist; looked upon the Catholic religion
and the royal authority as fundamental to the stability of the social fabric, and was opposed to the law of
divorce, which led to its alteration. He denied that language was innate, but revealed, and that causation was
inherent in matter (1758-1840).
BONAPARTE, name of a celebrated family of Italian origin settled in Corsica; the principal members of it were:
CHARLES MARIE, born at Ajaccio, 1744; died at Montpellier, 1785; married, 1767. MARIE-LAETITIA RAMOLINO, born at
Ajaccio, 1750; died at Rome, 1836; of this union were born eight children: JOSEPH, became king of Naples, 1806;
king of Spain from 1808 to 1813; retired to United States after Waterloo; returned to Europe, and died at Florence,
1844. NAPOLEON I. (q. v.). LUCIEN, _b_. 1775; became president of the Council of the Five Hundred, and prince of
Canino; died in Viterbo, 1840. MARIE-ANNE-ELIZA, _b_. 1777; married Felix Bacciochi, who became prince of Lucca;
died at Trieste, 1826. LOUIS, _b_. 1778; married Hortense de Beauharnais; father of Napoleon III.; king of Holland
(from 1806 to 1810); died at Leghorn, 1846. MARIE PAULINE, _b_. 1780; married General Leclerc, 1801; afterwards, in
1803, Prince Camille Borghese; became Duchess of Guastalla; died at Florence, 1825. CAROLINE-MARIE, _b_. 1782;
married Marat in 1800; became Grand-duchess of Berg and Cleves, then queen of Naples; died at Florence, 1839.
Jerome, _b_. 1784, king of Westphalia (from 1807 to 1813); marshal of France in 1850; married, by second marriage,
Princess Catherine of Wuertemburg; died in 1860; his daughter, the Princess Mathilde, _b_. 1820, and his son,
Prince Napoleon, called Jerome, _b_. 1822, married Princess Clothilde, daughter of Victor Emmanuel, of which
marriage was born Prince Victor Napoleon in 1862.
BONAR, HORATIUS, a clergyman of the Free Church of Scotland, and a celebrated hymn writer, born at Edinburgh
BONAVENTURA, ST., cardinal, surnamed the Seraphic Doctor, his real name John Fidenza, born in Tuscany; entered
the Franciscan Order; was chosen general of the Order and papal legate at the Council of Lyons in 1274, during the
session of which he died; was a mystic in theology; ascribed knowledge of the truth to union with God, such as
existed between man and his Maker prior to the Fall, a state which could be recovered only by a life of purity and
prayer; his writings were admired by Luther (1221-1274).
BONCHAMP, CHARLES, MARQUIS DE, French general, born in Anjou, served in the American war; became one of the
chiefs of the Vendean army; fell at the battle of Cholet, and when dying, relented over the blood already shed;
ordered the release of 5000 prisoners which his party, in their revenge, was about to massacre; _d_. 1793.
BOND, WILLIAM, a distinguished American astronomer (1789-1815), who with his son, GEORGE PHILLIPS, discovered a
satellite of Neptune and an eighth satellite of Saturn (1826-1865).
BONDU (30), a country of Senegambia, a dependency of France; yields maize, cotton, fruits.
BONE, HENRY, a celebrated enamel painter, especially in miniature on ivory; born at Truro (1755-1834).
BONER, ULRICH, a German fabulist and Dominican monk of the 14th century, author of "Der Edelstein" (The Jewel),
a book of fables.
BONHEUR, ROSA, a celebrated French animal painter, born at Bordeaux; brought up in poverty from ill-fortune;
taught by her father; exhibited when she was 19; her best-known works are the "Horse Fair" and the "Hay Harvest in
Auvergne," "Ploughing with Oxen," considered her masterpiece; through the Empress Eugenie she received the Cross of
the Legion of Honour; during the siege of Paris her studio was spared by order of the Crown Prince; _b_. 1822.
BONHOMME, JACQUES, a name of contempt given by the nobility of France to the peasants in the 14th century.
BONIFACE, the name of nine popes. B. I., pope from 418 to 422, assumed the title of First Bishop of Christendom;
B. II., pope from 530 to 532; B. III., pope for 10 months, from 607 to 608; B. IV., pope from 608 to 614; B. V.,
pope from 617 to 625; B. VI., pope in 896; B. VII., pope from 974 to 985; B. VIII., pope from 1294 to 1303, a
strenuous assertor of the papal supremacy over all princes, and a cause of much turmoil in Europe, provoked a war
with Philip the Fair of France, who arrested him at Anagni, and though liberated by the citizens died on his way to
Rome; B. IX., pope from 1389 to 1405, the first pope to wear the Triple Crown.
BONIFACE, ST., the Apostle of Germany, born in Devonshire, his real name Winfried; consecrated Pepin le Bref;
was made Primate of Germany; was, with 53 companions, massacred by the barbarians of Friesland, whom he sought to
BONIN`, a group of rocky islands SE. of Japan, and since 1878 subject to it.
BONINGTON, RICHARD, an eminent English landscape painter of exceptional precocity, born near Nottingham; painted
the "Ducal Palace" and "Grand Canal" at Venice, his masterpieces (1801-1828).
BONIVARD, FRANCOIS DE, a Genevese patriot and historian, twice imprisoned by Charles III., a Duke of Savoy, for
his sympathy with the struggles of the Genevese against his tyranny, the second time for six years in the Castle of
Chillon; immortalised by Lord Byron in his "Prisoner of Chillon"; he was released at the Reformation, and adopted
BONN (38), a Prussian town on the Rhine, SE. of Cologne, an old Roman station, with a famous university; the
birthplace of Beethoven, with a monument to his memory; it is a stronghold of the old Catholics.
BONNAT, JOSEPH LEON, a French painter, born at Bayonne; imitated for a time the religious paintings of the old
masters, but since 1862 has followed a style of his own; "Christ at the Cross" in the Palais de Justice, Paris, is
his work; _b_. 1833.
BONNER, EDMUND, bishop of London, born at Worcester; was chaplain to Wolsey; sided with Henry VIII. against the
Pope; fell into disgrace under Edward VI.; was restored by Mary, whom he served in her Anti-Protestant zeal;
affected to welcome Elizabeth to the throne; was again deposed and imprisoned for refusing to take the oath of
supremacy under Elizabeth; died in the Marshalsea Prison: he does not deserve all the odium that has been heaped on
his memory; he was faithful as a bishop, consistent in his conduct, and bore the indignities done him with manly
BONNET, CHARLES DE, Swiss naturalist and philosopher, born at Geneva; his studies as a naturalist gave a
materialistic cast to his philosophy; though he did not deny the existence of mind, still less that of its
sovereign Author, he gave to material impressions a dominant influence in determining its manifestations
BONNET-PIECE, a gold coin of James V. of Scotland, so called from the king being represented on it as wearing a
bonnet instead of a crown.
BONNEVAL, CLAUDE-ALEXANDRE, COMTE DE. See ACHMED PASHA.
BONNIE DUNDEE, Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee.
BONPLAND, AIME, a French botanist and traveller, born at Rochelle; companion of Alexander von Humboldt in his S.
American scientific explorations; brought home a large collection of plants, thousands of species of them new to
Europe; went out again to America, arrested by Dr. Francia in Paraguay as a spy, kept prisoner there for about nine
years; released, settled in the prov. of Corrientes, where he died; wrote several works bearing on plants
BONSTETTEN, CHARLES VICTOR DE, a Swiss publicist and judge, born at Berne; wrote on anthropology, psychology,
BONTEMPS, ROGER, a French personification of a state of leisure and freedom from care.
BONZE, a Buddhist priest in China, Japan, Burmah, &c.
BOOLE, English mathematician, born at Lincoln; mathematical professor at Cork; author of "Laws of Thought," an
original work, and "Differential Equations" (1815-1864).
BOOMERANG, a missile of hard curved wood used by the Australian aborigines of 21/2 ft. long; a deadly weapon, so
constructed that, though thrown forward, it takes a whirling course upwards till it stops, when it returns with a
swoop and falls in the rear of the thrower.
BOONE, DANIEL, a famous American backwoodsman; _d_. 1822, aged 84.
BOOeTES (the ox-driver or waggoner), a son of Ceres; inventor of the plough in the Greek mythology; translated
along with his ox to become a constellation in the northern sky, the brightest star in which is Arcturus.
BOOTH, BARTON, English actor, acted Shakespearean, characters and Hamlet's ghost (1681-1733).
BOOTH, JOHN WILKES, son of an actor, assassinated Lincoln, and was shot by his captors (1839-1865).
BOOTH, WILLIAM, founder and general of the Salvation Army, born in Nottingham; published "In Darkest England"; a
man of singular self-devotion to the religious and social welfare of the race; _b_. 1839.
BOOTHIA, a peninsula of British N. America, W. of the Gulf of Boothia, and in which the N. magnetic pole of the
earth is situated; discovered by Sir John Boss in 1830.
BOOTON, an island in the Malay Archipelago, SE. of Celebes; subject to the Dutch.
BOPP, FRANZ, a celebrated German philologist and Sanskrit scholar, born at Mayence; was professor of Oriental
Literature and General Philology at Berlin; his greatest work, "A Comparative Grammar of Sanskrit, Zend, Greek,
Latin, Lithuanian, Old Slave, Gothic, and German"; translated portions of the "MAHABHARATA," q. v. (1791-1867).
BORA, KATHARINA, the wife of Luther, born in Meissen, originally a nun, who, with eight others, was at Luther's
instance released from her convent; proved "a pious and faithful wife" to Luther, as he says of her, and became the
mother to him of six children, three sons and three daughters (1499-1552).
BORDA, a French mathematician and physicist, born at Dax, in the dep. of Landes, served in both army and navy;
one of those employed in measuring an arc of the meridian to establish the metric system in France (1733-1799).
BORDEAUX (256), a great industrial and commercial city, and chief seat of the wine trade in France and the third
seaport on the Garonne; cap. of the dep. of Gironde; the birthplace of Rosa Bonheur and Richard II., his father,
the Black Prince, having had his seat here as governor of Aquitaine. There are sugar-refineries, potteries,
foundries, glass and chemical works. The cod-fishing industry has its base here. A cathedral dates from the 11th
century. There are schools of science, art, theology, medicine, and navigation, a library, museum, and rich
BORDER MINSTREL, Sir Walter Scott.
BORDERS, THE, the shifting boundary between Scotland and England before the Union, a centre of endless fighting
and marauding on the opposite sides for centuries.
BORDONE, an Italian painter, born at Treviso, a pupil of Titian and Giorgione; his most celebrated picture, "The
Gondolier presenting the Ring of St. Mark to the Doge" (1500-1570).
BORE, a watery ridge rushing violently up an estuary, due to a strong tidal wave travelling up a gradually
narrowing channel. Bores are common in the estuary of the Ganges and other Asiatic rivers, in those of Brazil, and
at the mouth of the Severn, in England.
BOREAS, the god of the north wind, and son of the Titan Astraeus and of Aurora.
BORGHESE, name of a family of high position and great wealth in Rome: Camillo, having become Pope in 1605 under
the title of Paul V.; and Prince Borghese having married Pauline Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon, who separated
himself from her on the fall of her brother (1775-1832); the palace of the family one of the finest in Rome, and
has a rich collection of paintings.
BORGHESI, COUNT, an Italian savant skilled in numismatics (1781-1860).
BORGIA, CAESAR, fourth son of Pope Alexander VI.; was made cardinal at the age of 17, an honour he relinquished
to become a soldier, in which capacity it is alleged he gave himself up to deeds of inhumanity, which have made his
name a synonym for every action that is most crafty, revolting, and cruel; a portrait of him by Raphael, in the
Borghese gallery, is a masterpiece. Notwithstanding the execration in which his memory is held, he is reputed to
have been just as a ruler in his own domain, and a patron of art and literature; _d_. 1507.
BORGIA, FRANCESO, third general of the Order of the Jesuits, a post he filled with great zeal as well as prudent
management; was beatified by Urban VIII., and canonised by Clement IX., 1671 (1510-1572).
BORGIA, LUCRETIA, sister of Caesar Borgia, born at Rome; her father annulled her first marriage, and gave her to
a nephew of the king of Naples, who was murdered by her brother's assassins, when she married the Duke of Ferrara;
was celebrated for her beauty and her patronage of letters, though she has been accused of enormities as well as
her brother (1480-1523).
BORGU, fertile and densely-peopled state in Africa, traversed by the Niger, subject to the Royal Niger Company,
in one of the chief towns of which Mungo Park lost his life.
BORLASE, WILLIAM, antiquary and naturalist, born in St. Just, Cornwall; author of "Observations on the
Antiquities of Cornwall" and "Natural History of Cornwall"; was vicar in his native parish (1696-1772).
BORN, BERTRAND, one of the most celebrated troubadours of the 12th century, born in Perigord; aggravated the
quarrel between Henry II. of England and his sons; is placed by Dante in the "Inferno."
BORNE, LUDWIG, a political writer, born at Frankfort, of Jewish parentage; disgusted with the state of things in
Germany, went to Paris after the Revolution there of 1830; was disappointed with the result, and turned Radical; he
and Heine were at deadly feud (1787-1837).
BORNEO (1,800), an island in the Malay Archipelago, the third largest in the globe, Australia and New Guinea
being larger; its length 800 m., and its breadth 700, covered with mountains in the interior, Kinabalu the highest
(13,000 ft.); has no volcanoes; bordered all round with wide plains and low marshy ground; rich in vegetation and
in minerals, in gold and precious stones; its forests abound with valuable timber, teak, ebony, &c.; all
tropical crops and spices are cultivated; the population is Dyak, Malay, and Chinese; possessed in great part by
the Dutch, and in the north part by the British.
BORNHOLM (35), an island belonging to Denmark, in the Baltic; has no good harbour; agriculture, cattle-breeding,
and fishing the occupation of the inhabitants.
BORNU (5,000), a Mohammedan State in the Central Soudan, W. and S. of Lake Tehad; famed for a breed of horses;
population mostly negroes; the ruling race of Arab descent, called Shuwas; climate hot and unhealthy in the low
ground, but temperate in the high.
BORO BUDOR, the ruin of a magnificent Buddhist temple in Java, ornamented with figures of Buddha and scenes in
his life, with representations of battles, processions, chariot races, &c.
BORODINO, a village 70 m. W. of Moscow; the scene of a bloody battle between Napoleon and the Russians, Sept. 7,
BORORO, a large Brazilian nation between Cuyaba and Goyaz.
BOROUGH, in Scotland BURGH, is in its modern sense primarily a town that sends a representative to Parliament;
but it is further an area of local government, exercising police, sanitary, and sometimes educational, supervision,
and deriving its income from rates levied on property within its bounds, and in Scotland sometimes from "common
good" and petty customs. Its charter may be held from the Crown or granted by Parliament.
BOROUGH ENGLISH, descent of lands to a youngest son.
BOROWLASKI, COUNT, a Polish dwarf, of perfect symmetry, though only three feet in height; attained the age of
BORROME`AN ISLANDS, four islands in Lago Maggiore, of which three were converted into gardens by Count Borromeo
in 1671, on one of which stands a palace of the Borromeos, enriched with fine paintings and other works of art.
BORROME`O, ST. CARLO, cardinal and archbishop of Milan, a prominent member of the Council of Trent, and
contributed to the Tridentine Catechism; conspicuous by his self-sacrificing offices during a plague in the city of
which he was the archbishop (1538-1584).
BORROMEO, FREDERIGO, nephew and successor of the preceding, of equal status in the Church, and similar character
BORROW, GEORGE HENRY, traveller and philologist, born in Norfolk; showed early a passion for adventure and a
facility in languages; was appointed agent for the Bible Society in Russia and Spain; in his fondness for open-air
life, associated much with the gipsies; wrote an account of those in Spain, and a famous book, entitled "The Bible
In Spain"; wrote "Lavengro," his masterpiece (a gipsy designation applied to him, meaning "word-master," which he
was), which is chiefly autobiography (1803-1831).
BORROWDALE, a valley in the Lake District, W. Cumberland, celebrated for its beautiful scenery.
BORTHWICK CASTLE, a ruined peel tower, 13 m. SE. of Edinburgh, where Queen Mary and Bothwell spent four days
together in June 1567.
BORY DE SAINT-VINCENT, JEAN BAPTISTE, a French traveller and naturalist (1780-1846).
BOSCAWEN, EDWARD, a British admiral, known from his fearlessness as "Old Dreadnought"; distinguished himself in
engagements at Puerto Bello, Cathagena, Cape Finisterre, and the Bay of Lagos, where, after a "sea hunt" of 24
hours, he wrecked and ruined a fine French fleet, eager to elude his grasp (1711-1761).
BOSCOVICH, ROGER JOSEPH, an Italian mathematician and astronomer, born at Ragusa; entered the Order of the
Jesuits; was professor in Pavia, and afterwards at Milan; discovered the equator of the sun and the period of its
rotation; advocated the molecular theory of physics, with which his name is associated; died insane
BOSIO, BARON, a celebrated Italian sculptor; patronised in France (1769-1845).
BOSNA-SERAI (38), capital of Bosnia, and seat of authority.
BOSNIA (1,200), a province in NW. of the Balkan Peninsula, under Austria-Hungary; the inhabitants of Servian
BOS`PHORUS (Ox-ford), a channel 17 m. long and from 3 to 1/2 m. broad, and about 30 fathoms deep, strongly
defended by forts, extending from the Sea of Marmora to the Black Sea; subject to Turkey. It derives its name from
the channel which, according to the Greek myth, Zeus, in the form of an ox, crossed into Europe with Europa on his
BOS`QUET, PIERRE FRANCOIS JOSEPH, a marshal of France, distinguished in Algiers and the Crimea; was wounded at
the storming of the Malakoff (1810-1861).
BOS`SUET, JACQUES BENIGNE, bishop of Meaux, born at Dijon, surnamed the "Eagle of Meaux," of the see of which he
became bishop; one of the greatest of French pulpit orators, and one of the ablest defenders of the doctrines of
the Catholic Church; the great aim of his life the conversion of Protestants back to the Catholic faith; took a
leading part in establishing the rights of the Gallican clergy, or rather of the Crown, as against the claims of
the Pope; proved himself more a time-server than a bold, outspoken champion of the truth; conceived a violent
dislike to Madame Guyon, and to Fenelon for his defence of her and her Quietists; and he is not clear of the guilt
of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes; wrote largely; his "Discourse on Universal History" is on approved lines,
and the first attempt at a philosophy of history; his Funeral Orations are monuments of the most sublime eloquence;
while his "Politique founded on Holy Scripture" is a defence of the divine right of kings. "Bossuet," says
Professor Saintsbury, "was more of a speaker than a writer. His excellence lies in his wonderful survey and grasp
of the subject, in the contagious enthusiasm and energy with which he attacks his point, and in his inexhaustible
metaphors and comparisons.... Though he is always aiming at the sublime, he scarcely ever oversteps it, or falls
into the bombastic or ridiculous.... The most unfortunate incident of his life was his controversy with Fenelon"
BOSSUT, CHARLES, French mathematician, born near Lyons, _confrere_ of the Encyclopaedists; his chief work
"L'Histoire Generale des Mathematiques"; edited Pascal's works (1730-1814).
BOSTON (19), a Lincolnshire seaport, on the Witham, 30 m. SE. of Lincoln; exports coal, machinery, corn, and
wool, and imports timber and general goods. There is a large cattle and sheep market, also canvas and sail-cloth
works. Fox, the martyrologist, was a native. It has a spacious church, which is a conspicuous landmark and beacon
BOSTON (561), on Massachusetts Bay, is the capital of Massachusetts and the chief city of New England, one of
the best-built and best-appointed cities of the Union. With an excellent harbour and eight converging railways it
is an emporium of trade, and very wealthy. Sugar, wool, hides, and chemicals are imported; farm produce, cattle,
cotton, and tobacco exported; boot and shoe making is one of many varied industries. The many educational
institutions and its interest in literature and art have won for it the title of American Athens. Among famous
natives were Franklin, Poe, and Emerson; while most American men of letters have been associated with it. The
Boston riots of 1770 and 1773 were the heralds of the revolution, and the first battle was fought at Bunker Hill,
not far off, now included in it.
BOSTON, THOMAS, a Scottish divine, born at Duns, educated at Edinburgh, became minister of Ettrick; author of
the "Fourfold State," a popular exposition of Calvinism, and "The Crook in the Lot," both at one time much read and
studied by the pious Presbyterian burghers and peasantry of Scotland; the former an account of the state of man,
first in innocence, second as fallen, third as redeemed, and fourth as in glory. He was a shrewd man and a quaint
writer; exercised a great influence on the religious views of the most pious-minded of his countrymen
BOSTON TEA-PARTY, the insurgent American colonists who, disguised as Indians, boarded, on Dec. 16, 1773, three
English ships laden with tea, and hurled several hundred chests of it into Boston harbour, "making it black with
BOSWELL, JAMES, the biographer of Johnson, born at Edinburgh, showed early a penchant for writing and an
admiration for literary men; fell in with Johnson on a visit to London in 1763, and conceived for him the most
devoted regard; made a tour with him to the Hebrides in 1773, the "Journal" of which he afterwards published;
settled in London, and was called to the English bar; succeeded, in 1782, to his father's estate, Auchinleck, in
Ayrshire, with an income of L1600 a year. Johnson dying in 1784, Boswell's "Life" of him appeared five years after,
a work unique in biography, and such as no man could have written who was not a hero-worshipper to the backbone. He
succumbed in the end to intemperate habits, aggravated by the death of his wife (1740-1795).
BOSWELL, SIR ALEXANDER, son and heir of the preceding, an antiquary; mortally wounded in a duel with James
Stuart of Dunearn, who had impugned his character, for which the latter was tried, but acquitted (1775-1822).
BOSWORTH, a town in Leicestershire, near which Richard III. lost both crown and life in 1485, an event which
terminated the Wars of the Roses and led to the accession of the Tudor dynasty to the throne of England in the
person of Henry VII.
BOSWORTH, JOSEPH, an Anglo-Saxon scholar, born in Derbyshire; became professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford; was the
author of an Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Dictionary (1789-1876).
BOTANY BAY, an inlet in New South Wales, 5 m. S. of Sydney; discovered by Captain Cook in 1770; so called, by
Sir Joseph Banks, from the variety and beauty of its flora; was once an English convict settlement.
BOTH, JOHN AND ANDREW, Flemish painters of the 17th century, the former a landscape and the latter a figure
painter; worked frequently on the same canvas.
BOTHNIA, a prov. of Sweden, divided into E. and W. by a gulf of the name.
BOTHWELL, a village in Lanarkshire, on the Clyde, 8 m. SE. of Glasgow; scene of a battle between Monmouth and
the Covenanters in 1679.
BOTHWELL, JAMES HEPBURN, Earl of, one of the envoys sent in 1560 to convey Mary, Queen of Scots, from France
home; was made Privy Councillor the year after; had to flee to France for an act of conspiracy; was recalled by
Mary on her marriage with Darnley; was a great favourite with the queen; was believed to have murdered Darnley,
though when tried, was acquitted; carried off Mary to Dunbar Castle; pardoned; was made Duke of Orkney, and married
to her at Holyrood; parted with her at Carberry Hill; fled to Norway, and was kept captive there at Malmoee; after
ten years of misery he died, insane, as is believed (1525-1577).
BOTOCUDOS, a wandering wild tribe in the forests of Brazil, near the coast; a very low type of men, and at a
very low stage of civilisation; are demon-worshippers, and are said to have no numerals beyond _one_.
BO-TREE, a species of Ficus, sacred to the Buddhists as the tree under which Buddha sat when the light of life
first dawned on him. See BUDDHA.
BOTTA, CARLO GIUSEPPE, an Italian political historian, born in Piedmont; his most important work is his "History
of Italy from 1789 to 1814"; was the author of some poems (1766-1837).
BOTTA, PAUL EMILE, Assyriologist, born at Turin, son of the preceding; when consul at Mosul, in 1843, discovered
the ruins of Nineveh; made further explorations, published in the "Memoire de l'Ecriture Cuneiform Assyrienne" and
"Monuments de Ninive" (1802-1870).
BOeTTGER, an alchemist who, in his experiments on porcelain, invented the celebrated Meissen porcelain
BOTTICELLI, SANDRO, or ALESSANDRO, a celebrated painter of the Florentine school; began as a goldsmith's
apprentice; a pupil of Fra Lippo Lippi; the best-known examples of his art are on religious subjects, though he was
no less fascinated with classical--mythological conceptions; is distinguished for his attention to details and for
delicacy, particularly in the drawing of flowers; and it is a rose on the petticoat of one of his figures, the
figure of Spring, which Ruskin has reproduced on the title-page of his recent books, remarking that "no one has
ever yet drawn, or is likely to draw, roses as he has done;... he understood," he adds, "the thoughts of heathens
and Christians equally, and could in a measure paint both Aphrodite and the Madonna" (1447-1515).
BOeTTIGER, KARL AUGUSTE, German archaeologist, was a voluminous writer on antiquities, especially classical
BOTTOM, a weaver in the interlude in "Midsummer-Night's Dream," whom, with his ass's head, Titania falls in love
with under the influence of a love-potion.
BOTZARIS, one of the heroes of the war of Greek independence (1789-1823).
BOUCHARDON, a celebrated French sculptor (1698-1762).
BOUCHER, a French painter, born at Paris (1703-1770).
BOUCHER DE PERTHES, French naturalist and anthropologist, born in Ardennes (1783-1868).
BOUCICAULT, DION, a dramatic writer, author of popular Irish pieces, as "The Colleen Bawn" and "The Shaughraun"
BOUCICAUT, MARSHAL DE, one of the bravest and noblest of French soldiers, born at Tours; distinguished in
several famous battles; was taken captive by the English at Agincourt; died in England (1364-1421).
BOUFFLERS, CHEVALIER DE, field-marshal of France, courtier and author (1737-1815).
BOUFFLERS, MARQUIS DE, marshal of France, distinguished for his defence of Namur (1695) and of Lille (1708), and
his masterly retreat from Malplaquet (1645-1711).
BOUGAINVILLE, LOUIS ANTOINE DE, a French navigator, born in Paris; voyaged round the world, which occupied him
two years and a half; his "Travels" had a remarkably stimulating effect on the imaginations of the "philosophies,"
as described by him in "Un Voyage autour du Monde" (1729-1811).
BOUGH, SAM, landscape painter, born at Carlisle, and settled in Edinburgh for 20 years (1822-1878).
BOUGUER, PIERRE, French physicist, born in Brittany; wrote on optics and the figure of the earth
BOUGUEREAU, ADOLPHE, a distinguished French painter, born at Rochelle in 1825; his subjects both classical and
religious, as well as portraits.
BOUHOUR, LE PERE, French litterateur, born at Paris (1628-1702).
BOUILLE, MARQUIS DE, a French general, born in Auvergne, distinguished in the Seven Years' War, in the West
Indies and during the Revolution; "last refuge of royalty in all straits"; favoured the flight of Louis XVI.; a
"quick, choleric, sharp-discerning, stubbornly-endeavouring man, with suppressed-explosive resolution, with valour,
nay, headlong audacity; muzzled and fettered by diplomatic pack-threads,... an intrepid, adamantine man"; did his
utmost for royalty, failed, and quitted France; died in London, and left "Memoirs of the French Revolution"
(1759-1800). See for the part he played in it, CARLYLE'S "FRENCH REVOLUTION."
BOUILLON, district in Belgium, originally a German duchy; belonged to Godfrey, the crusader, who pledged it to
raise funds for the crusade.
BOUILLY, JEAN NICOLAS, a French dramatist, born near Tours, nicknamed, from his sentimentality "poete lacrymal"
BOULAINVILLIERS, a French historian, author of a "History of Mahomet" (1658-1722).
BOULAK (20), the port of Cairo, on the Nile.
BOULAN`GER, JEAN MARIE, a French general, born at Rennes; of note for the political intrigues with which he was
mixed up during the last years of his life, and the dangerous popular enthusiasm which he excited; accused of
peculation; fled the country, and committed suicide at Brussels (1837-1891).
BOULAY DE LA MEURTHE, a French statesman, distinguished as an orator; took part in the redaction of the Civil
Code; was a faithful adherent of Napoleon (1761-1840). Henri, a son, vice-president of the Republic from 1849 to
BOULDER, a large mass or block of rock found in localities often far removed from the place of its formation,
and transported thither on the ice of the Glacial Age.
BOULEVARD, the rampart of a fortified city converted into a promenade flanked by rows of trees and a feature of
Paris in particular, though the boulevard is not always on the line of a rampart.
BOULOGNE, BOIS DE, a promenade between Paris and St. Cloud, much frequented by people of fashion, and a
favourite place of recreation; it rivals that of the Champs Elysees.
BOULOGNE-SUR-MER (46), a fortified seaport in France, on the English Channel, in the dep. of Pas-de-Calais, 27
m. SW. of Calais, one of the principal ports for debarkation from England; where Napoleon collected in 1803 a
flotilla to invade England; is connected by steamer with Folkestone, and a favourite watering-place; the chief
station of the North Sea fisheries; is the centre of an important coasting trade, and likely to become a naval
BOULOGNE-SUR-SEINE (32), a town on the right bank of the Seine, 5 m. SW. of Paris, from which it is separated by
BOULTON, MATTHEW, an eminent engineer, born at Birmingham; entered into partnership with James Watt, and
established with him a manufactory of steam-engines at Soho, on a barren heath near his native place; contributed
to the improvement of the coinage (1728-1809).
"BOUNTY," MUTINY OF THE, a mutiny which took place on the ship _Bounty_, on the 28th April 1789, bound from
Otaheite to the West Indies, on the part of 25 of the crew, who returned to Otaheite after setting the captain
(Bligh) adrift with others in an open boat. Bligh reached England after a time, reported the crime, to the seizure
at length of certain of the offenders and the execution of others. Those who escaped founded a colony on Pitcairn
BOURBAKI, CHARLES DENIS SOTER, a French general, born at Pau, served in the Crimean War and in Italy, suffered
disastrously in the Franco-German War, and attempted suicide; served for a time under Gambetta, afterwards retired;
BOURBON, a family of French origin, hailing from Bourbonnais, members of which occupied for generations the
thrones of France, Naples, and Spain, and who severally ruled their territories under a more or less overweening
sense of their rights as born to reign. Two branches, both of which trace back to Henry IV., held sway in France,
one beginning with Louis XIV., eldest son of Louis XIII., and the other, called the Orleans, with Philip of
Orleans, second son of Louis XIII., the former ending with Charles X. and his family, and the latter ending with
Louis Philippe and his line. The branches of the family ruling in Spain and Naples began with Philip VI., grandson
of Louis XIV., the former branch still (1899) in power, the latter ending with Francis II. in 1860.
BOURBON, CHARLES DE, styled the Constable de Bourbon, acquired immense wealth by the death of an elder brother
and by his marriage, and lived in royal state; was for his daring in the field named Constable of France by Francis
I.; offended at some, perhaps imaginary, injustice Francis did him, he clandestinely entered the service of the
Emperor Charles V., defeated the French at Pavia, and took Francis captive; parted from Charles, laid siege to
Rome, and fell in the assault, mortally wounded, it is said, by Benvenuto Cellini (1489-1527).
BOURBONNAIS, ancient province in the centre of France, being the duchy of Bourbon; united to the crown in 1531;
BOURDALOUE, LOUIS, a French Jesuit, born at Bourges, called the "king of preachers, and preacher of kings"; one
of the most eloquent pulpit orators of France; did not suffer by comparison with Bossuet, his contemporary, though
junior; one of the most earnest and powerful of his sermons, the one entitled "The Passion," is deemed the
greatest. His sermons are ethical in their matter from a Christian standpoint, carefully reasoned, and free from
ornament, but fearless and uncompromising (1632-1704).
BOURDON, SEBASTIAN, a French painter, born at Montpellier; his _chef-d'oeuvre_ "The Crucifixion of St. Peter,"
executed for the church of Notre Dame (1616-1671).
BOURDON DE L'OISE, a French revolutionist, member of the Convention; banished to Guiana, where he died in
BOURGELAT, a famous French veterinary surgeon, born at Lyons, and founder of veterinary colleges at Lyons in
1762; was an authority on horse management, and often consulted on the matter (1712-1779).
BOURGEOIS, SIR FRANCIS, painter to George III.; left his collection to Dulwich College, and L10,000 to build a
gallery for them (1756-1811).
BOURGEOISIE, the name given in France to the middle class, professional people, and merchants, as distinguished
from the nobles and the peasants, but applied by the Socialists to the capitalists as distinct from the
BOURGES (43), a French town in the dep. of Cher; birthplace of Louis XI. and Bourdaloue.
BOURGET, PAUL, an eminent French novelist and essayist, born at Amiens; a subtle analyst of character, with a
clear and elegant style, on which he bestows great pains; his novels are what he calls "psychological," and
distinct from the romantist and naturalistic; _b_. 1852.
BOURIGNON, ANTOINETTE, a Flemish visionary and fanatic; resolved religion into emotion; brought herself into
trouble by the wild fancies she promulgated, to the derangement of others as well as herself (1615-1680).
BOURMONT, LOUIS AUGUSTE VICTOR, COMTE DE, a French marshal; at the Revolution joined the Bourbons on the
frontiers; served the royal cause in La Vendee; held high commands under Napoleon; commanded under Ney on
Napoleon's return from Elba; deserted on the eve of Waterloo to Louis XVIII.; gave evidence against Ney to his
execution; commanded the expedition against Algiers; refused allegiance to Louis Philippe on his accession, and was
dismissed the service (1773-1846).
BOURNE, HUGH, founder of the Primitive Methodists, and a zealous propagator of their principles; he was a
carpenter by trade, and he appears to have wrought at his trade while prosecuting his mission, which he did
extensively both in Britain and America (1772-1852).
BOURNEMOUTH (38), a town in Hants, on Poole Bay, 37 m. SW. of Southampton, with a fine sandy beach; a great
health resort; is of recent, and has been of rapid, growth.
BOURRIENNE, LOUIS ANTOINE FAUVELET, secretary of Napoleon, and a school friend, born at Sens; held the post for
five years, but dismissed for being implicated in disgraceful money transactions; joined the Bourbons at the
Restoration; the Revolution of 1830 and the loss of his fortune affected his mind, and he died a lunatic at Caen;
wrote "Memoirs" disparaging to Napoleon (1769-1834).
BOUSSA, a town in Central Africa, capital of a State of the same name, where Mungo Park lost his life as he was
going up the Niger.
BOUSTROPHE`DON, an ancient mode of writing from right to left, and then from left to right, as in ploughing a
BOUTERWEK, FRIEDRICH, a German philosopher and professor of Philosophy at Goettingen; a disciple of Kant, then
of Jacobi, and expounder of their doctrines; wrote "History of Poetry and Eloquence among the Modern Races"
BOWDICH, THOMAS EDWARD, an English traveller, born at Bristol; sent on a mission to Guinea, and penetrated as
far as Coomassie; wrote an interesting account of it in his "Mission to Ashanti" (1791-1824).
BOWDITCH, NATHANIEL, American mathematician, born at Salem, Massachusetts; a practical scientist; published
"Practical Navigation," translated the "Mecanique Celeste" of Laplace, accompanied with an elaborate commentary
BOWDLER, THOMAS, an English physician; edited expurgated editions of Shakespeare and Gibbon in the interest of
moral purity; added in consequence a new term to the English language, Bowdlerism (1754-1825).
BOWDOIN, JAMES, an American statesman, born in Boston, of French extraction; a zealous advocate of American
independence; author of "Discourse on the Constitution of the United States" (1727-1790).
BOWEN, RICHARD, a gallant British naval commander, distinguished himself in several engagements, and by his
captures of the enemy's ships; killed by grape-shot at the storming of Santa Cruz, at the moment when Nelson was
BOWER, WALTER, abbot of Inchcolm, Scottish chronicler; continued Fordun's History down to the death of James I.
in 1437 from 1153 (1385-1449).
BOWLES, WILLIAM LISLE, a poet, born in Northamptonshire; his sonnets, by their "linking," as Professor
Saintsbury has it, "of nature's aspect to human feeling," were much admired by Coleridge, and their appearance is
believed to have inaugurated a new era in English poetry, as developed in the Lake School (1762-1850).
BOWLING, TOM, a typical British sailor in "Roderick Random."
BOWLING, SIR JOHN, linguist and political writer, born at Exeter; friend and disciple of Bentham as well as
editor of his works; first editor of _Westminster Review_; at the instance of the English Government visited the
Continental States to report on their commercial relations; became governor of Hong-Kong; ordered the bombardment
of Canton, which caused dissatisfaction at home (1792-1872).
BOWYER, WILLIAM, printer and scholar, born in London; wrote on the origin of printing, and published an edition
of the Greek New Testament with notes (1699-1777).
"BOX AND COX," a farce by J. M. Morton, remarkable for a successful run such as is said to have brought the
BOY BISHOP, a boy chosen on 6th December, St. Nicholas' Day, generally out of the choir, to act as bishop and do
all his episcopal duties, except celebrate mass. For the term of his office, which varied, he was treated as
bishop, and if he died during his tenure of it was buried with episcopal honours. The term of office was limited in
1279 to 24 hours.
BOYARS, the old nobility of Russia, whose undue influence in the State was broken by Peter the Great; also the
landed aristocracy of Roumania.
BOYCE, WILLIAM, composer, chiefly of church music, born in London; published a collection of the "Cathedral
Music of the Old English Masters"; composed "Hearts of Oak," a naval song sung by ships' crews at one time before
going into action (1710-1779).
BOYCOTT, CAPTAIN, an Irish landlord's agent in Connemara, with whom the population of the district in 1880
refused to have any dealings on account of disagreements with the tenantry.
BOYD, ANDREW KENNEDY HUTCHISON, a Scottish clergyman and writer; bred for the bar, but entered the Church; known
to fame as A. K. H. B.; author of "Recreations of a Country Parson," which was widely read, and of Reminiscences of
his life; died at Bournemouth by mischance of swallowing a lotion instead of a sleeping-draught (1825-1899).
BOYD, ZACHARY, a Scottish divine; regent of a Protestant college at Samur, in France; returned to Scotland in
consequence of the persecution of the Huguenots; became minister of Barony Parish, Glasgow, and rector of the
University; preached before Cromwell after the battle of Dunbar; author of the "Last Battell of the Soule in Death"
and "Zion's Flowers," being mainly metrical versions of Scripture, called "Boyd's Bible" (1585-1653).
BOYDELL, JOHN, an English engraver and print-seller, famous for his "Shakespeare Gallery," with 96 plates in
illustration of Shakespeare, and the encouragement he gave to native artists; he issued also Hume's "History of
England," with 196 plates in illustration (1719-1804).
BOYER, BARON, French anatomist and surgeon; attendant on Napoleon, afterwards professor in the University of
Paris; wrote works on anatomy and surgical diseases, which continued for long text-books on those subjects; was a
man of very conservative opinions (1757-1833).
BOYER, JEAN PIERRE, president of Hayti, born at Port-au-Prince of a negress and a Creole father; secured the
independence of the country; held the presidency for 25 years from 1818, but suspected of consulting his own
advantage more than that of the country, was driven from power by a revolution in 1843; retired to Paris, where he
spent the rest of his life and died (1776-1850).
BOYLE, CHARLES, fourth Earl of Orrery, distinguished for the connection of his name with the Bentley
controversy, and for its connection with an astronomical contrivance by one Graham to illustrate the planetary
BOYLE, RICHARD, first and great Earl of Cork, distinguished among Irish patriots and landlords for what he did
to improve his estates and develop manufactures and the mechanical arts in Ireland, also for the honours conferred
upon him for his patriotism; when Cromwell saw how his estates were managed he remarked, that had there been one
like him in every province in Ireland rebellion would have been impossible (1566-1643).
BOYLE, THE HON. ROBERT, a distinguished natural philosopher, born at Lismore, of the Orrery family; devoted his
life and contributed greatly to science, especially chemistry, as well as pneumatics; was one of the originators of
the "Royal Society"; being a student of theology, founded by his will an endowment for the "Boyle Lectures" in
defence of Christianity against its opponents and rivals; refused the presidentship of the Royal Society, and
declined a peerage (1626-1691).
BOYLE LECTURES, the lectureship founded by the Hon. Robert Boyle in 1691, and held for a tenure of three years,
the endowment being L50 per annum; the lecturer must deliver eight lectures in defence of Christianity, and some of
the most eminent men have held the post.
BOYLE'S LAW, that the volume of a gas is inversely as the pressure.
BOYNE, a river in Ireland, which flows through Meath into the Irish Sea; gives name to the battle in which
William III. defeated the forces of James II. on 30th July 1690.
BOZ, a _nom de plume_ under which Dickens wrote at first, being his nickname when a boy for a little
BOZZY, Johnson's familiar name for Boswell.