Skip to main content

Harold, Francis


Franciscan historian; b. Limerick, Ireland, early 17th century; d. Rome, 1685. He had five Franciscan relatives: Luke wadding, uncle; Bonaventure Baron, cousin; and Anthony, Thomas, and Francis (junior) Harold, nephews. After having studied in St. Isidore's College, Rome (from Jan. 9, 1639), he was sent to teach in Prague (Oct. 28, 1642), Vienna, and finally Graz, whence he returned to Rome (1651) to succeed his uncle, Luke Wadding, as annalist of the order (April 12, 1655). Considerably inferior to Wadding as a historian, he collected much but published little.

Bibliography: Franciscan Library, Killiney, MSS D 1, 5, and 17. Archives, St. Isidore's College, Rome, MS W9. j. t. gilbert, The Dictionary of National Biography from the Earliest Times to 1900 (London 18851900) 8:1310. g. cleary, Father Luke Wadding and St. Isidore's College, Rome (Rome 1925) 108112. b. millett, The Irish Franciscans 16511665 (Rome 1964), passim., esp. 124, 127, 467469. b. jennings, "Miscellaneous Documents," Archivium Hibernicum 14 (1949) 5, 7, 11, 12. m. o'n. walsh, "Irish Books Printed Abroad 14751700," The Irish Book 2 (1963) 1617. j. ware, The History and Antiquities of Ireland with the History of the Writers of Ireland, ed. w. harris, 2 v. in 1 (Dublin 1764) 200201. j. h. sbaralea, Supplementum et castigatio ad scriptores trium ordinum S. Francisci a Waddingo, 2 v. (Rome 1806; new ed. in 4 v. 190636) 3:229.

[b. millett]

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Harold, Francis." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . 17 Jan. 2019 <>.

"Harold, Francis." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . (January 17, 2019).

"Harold, Francis." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Retrieved January 17, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.