James Corrigan (1823-1871), educationist, was born on 14 February 1823 in Pettigo, County Donegal, Ireland, son of William Corrigan, mathematician and teacher, in a Wesleyan Methodist school, and his wife Ann. James became a teacher and was later headmaster of a Wesleyan school in north Ireland. At 25 he became principal of the Wesleyan Training School in Dublin. There he matriculated at Trinity College (M.A., LL.B., 1861; LL.D., 1864). In 1856 he had married Lucy, daughter of George Chapman of Belfast; they had three daughters and a son.