Boyne, a river of Ireland, which rises near Carberry in the barony of that name, county of Kildare. It is formed by the confluence of several small streams, and after leaving the bog of Allen has a N. E. course to the town of Navan, where it is joined by the Blackwater. After this it flows nearly E. to Drogheda, on its left bank, and 4 m. below that city falls into the Irish channel about 10 m. S. of Dunany point, the headland of Dundalk bay, alter a winding course of 60 m. from its source. It is navigable 25 m. from the sea. It has been called the " Boyne of science" on account of the many monastic institutions along its shores, and is celebrated for its scenery, and for its ancient and modern historical associations. The decisive battle between William III. and James II. was fought on the banks of the Boyne, July 1, 1690. An obelisk, erected in 1736, opposite the ford at Oldbridge, marks the spot where William was wounded.
Boys, Or Bois Boyse, John, an English theologian, born at Nettleshead, Suffolk, Jan. 3, 1560, died Jan. 14, 1643. He was one of the translators of the Bible appointed by James L, and not only executed his own task, which was the Apocrypha, but also that of one of the others. He was also one of the six revisers of the whole. He afterward assisted Sir Henry Savile in his edition of St. Chrysostom. Andrews, bishop of Ely, made him prebendary of his cathedral in 1615. He left many MSS. at his death, one of which, on the text of the Evangelists and the Acts, was published in 1655. Peck's Desiderata (2 vols, fol., London, 1732-'5) contains his curious autobiography.
Bra, a town of Piedmont, Italy, province of Coni, in the valley and 2 m. N. of the Stura, and 9 m. W. of Alba; pop. about 12,000. It contains the celebrated church of Santa Ghiara, built by Vettone in 1742. The environs produce silk of excellent quality, and there is also an active trade in wine, grain, and cattle.
Bracken, a N. E. county of Kentucky, bordering on the Ohio river and drained by the north fork of Licking river; area, 200 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 11,409, of whom 636 were colored. The soil is generally fertile and productive. The chief productions in 1870 were 30,-229 bushels of wheat, 20,610 of rye, 440,530 of Indian corn, 22,533 of oats, and 4,88,039 lbs. of tobacco. There were 3,760 horses, 2,087 milch cows, 2,311 other cattle, 3,445 sheep, and 12,719 swine. Capital, Augusta.
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Brackett. I. Edwin E, an American sculptor, born in Vassalborough, Me., Oct. 1, 1819. lie has produced portrait busts of Washington Allston, Richard Henry Dana, Bryant, Longfellow, Rufus Choate, Sumner, John Brown, Garrison, Wendell Phillips, Gen. Butler, and others, and a marble group of the " Shipwrecked Mother," now at the cemetery of Mount Auburn, near Boston. II. Walter M., a painter, brother of the preceding, born in Unity, Me., June 14, 1823. He is known chiefly as a painter of salmon, trout, and other varieties of game fish.