Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Bingham, Peregrine (1754-1826)

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BINGHAM, PEREGRINE, the elder (1754–1826), biographer and poet, was son of George Bingham, B.D., rector of Pimperne, Dorsetshire [q. v.] He was educated at New College, Oxford (B.C.L. 1780); became rector of Edmondsham, Dorset, in 1782, and of Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, in 1817. At one time he was chaplain of H.M.S. Agincourt. He died on 28 May 1826, aged 72.

He wrote Memoirs of his father, prefixed to 'Dissertations, Essays, and Sermons, by the late George Bingham, B.D.,' 2 vols., 1804. These Memoirs, which are abridged in Hutchins's 'Dorset,' new edit. iv. 201, gave rise to a controversy between the author and the rector of Critchill (Gent. Mag. lxxv. 445). Bingham also wrote 'The Pains of Memory, a poem, in two books,' London, 1811, 12mo, 2nd edit., with vignettes, 1812.

[Biog. Dict. of Living Authors (1816), 27; Cat. of Oxford Graduates (1851), 59; Gent. Mag. xcv. (ii.) 91; Burke's Dict. of the Landed Gentry (1868), 100.]

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