Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Barnard, William (1697-1768)

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BARNARD, WILLIAM, D.D. (1697–1768), bishop of Derry, the son of John Barnard, was born at Clapham, Surrey, in or about 1697, and admitted into Westminster School, on the foundation, in 1713, whence he was elected in 1717 to a scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1720, M.A. 1724, D.D. 1740). He was elected a minor fellow of Trinity on 1 Oct. 1723, and a major fellow on 7 July 1724 (Addit. MS. 5846, f. 124). On 11 July 1726 he was collated to the rectory of Esher, Surrey, and so became acquainted with the Duke of Newcastle, who appointed him his chaplain. He was appointed chaplain to the king in 1728, and he held the same office at Chelsea College. In January 1728–9 he was presented to the vicarage of St. Bride's, Fleet Street, London, which he held till his translation to Derry. On 4 Oct. 1732 he was installed prebendary of Westminster, and on 26 April 1743 he was gazetted to the deanery of Rochester. He was appointed to the see of Raphoe on 14 May 1744, and translated to Derry on 3 March 1747. Having returned to England on account of ill-health, he died in Great Queen Street, Westminster, on 10 Jan. 1768, in the seventy-second year of his age, and was buried in the north aisle of Westminster Abbey, where a tablet records his virtues and dignities (Malcolm, Londinium Redivivum, i. 122). He married a sister of Dr. George Stone, archbishop of Armagh. His eldest son, Thomas Barnard [q. v.], became bishop of Limerick. His second son, Henry, was father of Sir Andrew Francis [q. v.] and of the Rev. William, father of Sir Henry William [q. v.] Barnard was a great benefactor to the see of Derry. His only publication is ‘A Sermon preached before the Incorporated Society for Promoting English Protestant Schools in Ireland,’ Dublin, 1752, 8vo.

[Cotton's Fasti Eccl. Hibern. iii. 324, 356; Gent. Mag. ii. 980, xxxviii. 47; Le Neve's Fasti (Hardy), ii. 578, iii. 365; Malcolm's Londinium Redivivum, i. 358; Manning and Bray's Surrey, ii. 757; Welch's Alumni Westmon. (Phillimore), 259, 269, 270, 278, 325, 546, 575; Widmore's Hist. of Westminster Abbey, 226.]

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