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I can't verify in any reference (other than this entry in Wikipedia) that the place called "Nay" exists or ever existed in Switzerland. Does anyone know any more about this place?Derek Balsam
- According to Polish Encyklopedia katolicka (The catholic encyklopedia) he was born in Nay in Béarn - not in Bern. It's very probable, because he spoke and wrote in French, studied in France, was expelled from France and livded in the French community in Germany. 126.96.36.199 09:00, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
I looked at the source for the Dictionary of National Biography Wikisource: Volume 1 p. 15 It too says he was born in was born at Nay, near Pau. A quick Google turns up Google Map and an old old travel guide (The Spas of Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Italy by Thomas More Maddenp. 344). So I think that the entry for the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica Abbadie, Jakob is not correct.
A second source in the article "Henry Cotton. Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The succession of the prelates and members of the cathedral bodies in Ireland, Volume I, Hodges & Smith, 1851. p. 478" like Britannica states Switzerland but it predates Britannica 1911 and as such may also be wrong.
The current ODNB states:
Abbadie, Jacques [James] (bap. 1654?, d. 1727), Church of Ireland dean of Killaloe, was born in Nay in Béarn; he is most probably the Jacques Abbadie who was the third child of Violente de Fortaner and Pierre Abbadie, baptized on 27 April 1654. He received his early education at the local protestant school, which was overseen by the pastor and writer Jean de la Placette, and in 1673 went to the protestant academy of Montauban-Puylaurens, and then to the academy of Saumur to study theology. ...