Comerford (Comberford, Quemerford), Nicholas (c.1541/5–c.1599), Jesuit, was born in Waterford city, son of Patrick Comerford and his wife, who was a Walsh. He was educated at Peter White's renowned school in Kilkenny city before studying at Oxford for at least four years, graduating BA (20 February 1563). He returned to Waterford, where he was ordained a priest and granted church office, of which he was later deprived due to his catholic views. In September 1565 he entered the university of Louvain (then in the Spanish Netherlands) to study theology. Described as one of the most eminent lecturers there, he received from Louvain (23 October 1576) his DD degree, on which he was congratulated by his friend, the future archbishop of Armagh Peter Lombard (qv), in a poem entitled ‘Carmen heroicum’ (‘Heroic song’). By April 1577 he was at Waterford, where the royal authorities complained that he preached continually against the established religion, and marked him down as one of the leading catholic clergymen in the area.
Renewed religious persecution in Ireland probably compelled him to leave c.1580–81 and he then entered the Society of Jesus at Madrid. Thereafter, he lectured in a number of Spanish colleges, appearing at Bayona in 1589, and at Lisbon in 1590. That year his candidacy for the archbishopric of Cashel was promoted by a number of Irish catholic clergy, but nothing came of this. His life after 1590 is unknown but he is said to have died in Spain in 1599. He wrote a tract in English entitled Answers to certain questions propounded by the citizens of Waterford, a number of sermons, and a poem in Latin entitled ‘Carmina in laudem comitis Ormondiae’ (‘Songs in praise of the earl of Ormond’).