Bunting, William Maclardie (DNB00)

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Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 07
Bunting, William Maclardie

by Charles William Sutton ‎

BUNTING, WILLIAM MACLARDIE (1805–1866), Weslevan minister, the eldest eon of the Rev. Dr. Jabez Bunting [q. v.] by his first wife, Sarah Maclardie, was born at Manchester on 23 Nov. 1805. He was educated at the Wesleyan schools at Woodhouse Grove, near Leeds, and Southwood, and at the grammar school of St. Saviour's, Southwark, under Dr. William Fancourt, and at the early age of eighteen began his course as a preacher. In 1824 he was admitted a probationer, and in 1838 was 'received in full connexion with the conference.' He continued his itinerancy until his forty-fourth year, when his health broke down, and ho became a supernmerary minister. Formanv years he took an active part in the proceedings of the Evangelical Alliance, and was for nome time one of its honorary secretaries. He held a similar post in the British Society for the Propagation of the Gospel among the Jews. He died at his residence, Highgate Rise, 13 Nov. 1866. He was a contributor to the 'Wesleyan Methodist Magazine,' and in 1842 edited the 'Select Letters of Sirs. Agnes Bulmer, author of Messiah's Kingdom, &c.' After his death a selection of his sermons, letters, hymns, and miscellaneouspoelical writings was published, with a portrait, and a biographical introduction by his younger brother, in which bis character as a preacher, full of thonght and tenderness, and a man of strong personal conviction, yet of liberality of mind and action, is sketched.

[Memorials of the late Rev. William M. Bunting, being selections from bis sermon, letters, and poems, edited by the Rev. G. Stringer Rowe, with a Biographitil Introduction by Thomas Perciral Banting, 1870.]

C. W. S.