Bundy, Richard (DNB00)

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BUNDY, RICHARD (d. 1739), divine and translator, was born at Devizes, Wiltshire, and educated at Christ Church, Oxford, as a member of which house he proceeded B.A. on 13 Oct. 1713. An assiduous attendance at court led to his appointment as chaplain in ordinary, and in 1732 he was selected to accompany the king on his visit to Hanover, being at the same time created doctor of divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury (Gent. Mag. ii. 777). As a further mark of the royal confidence he was nominated a trustee for establishing the new colony in South Carolina to be known hereafter by the name of Georgia. On returning to England in September 1732 Bundy became vicar of St. Bride's, Fleet Street (Malcolm, Londinium Redivivum, i. 358), and on 24 August prebendary of Westminster (Le Neve, Fasti Eccl. Angl., ed. Hardy, iii. 365). To these preferments was added in 1733 the rich living of East Barnet. Bundy died on 27 Jan. 1738–9, and was buried at Devizes (Gent. Mag. ix. 47; Lysons, Environs, iv. 17, 18). He left a widow and one daughter. The year following his death appeared ‘Sermons on several Occasions; with a Course of Lectures on the Church Catechism,’ 2 vols. 8vo, London, 1740 (second edition 1750). A third but probably spurious volume was published in the last-named year. Bundy also translated Lamy's ‘Apparatus Biblicus,’ 4to, London, 1723 (second edition, 2 vols. 8vo, London, 1728), and the ‘Roman History’ by Catrou and Rouillé, 6 vols. folio, London, 1728–37. John Ozell had meditated adding one more vile translation of the last to an already extended list, but finding himself forestalled by Bundy he gave vent to his wrath in a series of silly squibs.

[Gent. Mag. ii.; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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