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Rev James MacCaffrey
Rev James MacCaffrey

Monsignor James MacCaffrey STL, PhD (1875-1935) was an Irish priest, theologian and historian.

Monsignor MacCaffrey was born in 1875, at Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone, he was the son of Francis MacCaffrey of Alderwood, Clogher, Co. Tyrone. He was educated at St. Macartan's Seminary, Monaghan, before going to St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and was ordained there in 1899.

He was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Freiburg. At Maynooth he went on to serve as Professor of Ecclesiastical History from 1901, vice-president (1915-1918) and president of the College from 1918 until 1935.

A noted historian Dr. MacCaffrey edited the early editions of the Historical Journal published in Maynooth Archivium Hibernicum. Monsignor MacCaffrey also served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Ireland He died on 1 November 1935 while still president of Maynooth.