Rapin, Paul de Thoyras (1661-1725), French historian, was the son of an advocate, and was born in Languedoc. He became a student of law, but was driven from France by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and spent some years in England and Holland. He followed the Prince of Orange to Ireland, and fought at the battle of the Boyne and at Limerick, and in the latter place was seriously wounded. He retired to the duchy of Cleves in 1707, and there wrote his notable History of England, which appeared in eight volumes in 1724 at The Hague. This work has much merit, and is still valued by students.