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{{subst:Quick infobox|Aged 85, And Was Buried In The Chancel Of The Church, Where A Marble Monument, With A Long Inscription In Latin, Was Erected To His Memory. Bingham Enjoyed A Considerable Reputation For Great Abilities And Profound Learning; He Was A Good Hebrew Scholar And An Eminent Divine. The Only Works He Published In His Lifetime Are : 1. An Anonymous Essay On The Millennium, Entitled 'τά Χίλια Έτη,' 1772. 2. 'a Vindication Of The Doctrine And Liturgy Of The Church Of England, Occasioned By The Apology Of The Rev. Theophilus Lindsey, M.a., On Resigning The Vicarage Of Catterick, Yorkshire,' Oxford, 1774, 8vo. This Was Dedicated To Dr. Newton, Bishop Of Bristol, Who Made Favourable Mention Of It In A Charge To The Clergy Of His Diocese In 1776. Both These Works Were Reprinted In A Collection Of His 'dissertations, Essays, And Sermons' With Apostasy. He Died At Pimperne On 11 Oct. 1800|||}} aged 85, and was buried in the chancel of the church, where a marble monument, with a long inscription in Latin, was erected to his memory. Bingham enjoyed a considerable reputation for great abilities and profound learning; he was a good Hebrew scholar and an eminent divine. The only works he published in his lifetime are : 1. An anonymous essay on the Millennium, entitled 'Τά χίλια έτη', 1772. 2. 'A Vindication of the Doctrine and Liturgy of the Church of England, occasioned by the Apology of the Rev. Theophilus Lindsey, M.A., on resigning the vicarage of Catterick, Yorkshire', Oxford, 1774, octavo. This was dedicated to Dr. Newton, bishop of Bristol, who made favourable mention of it in a charge to the clergy of his diocese in 1776. Both these works were reprinted in a collection of his 'Dissertations, Essays, and Sermons' with apostasy. He died at Pimperne on 11 October 1800 (2 vols., London, 1804), edited, with a biographical memoir, by his son, Peregrine Bingham the elder, rector of Edmondsham, Dorsetshire. The collection also includes: 3. 'Dissertationes Apocalypticæ', in three parts. 4. 'Paul at Athens, an essay. 5. 'Commentary on Solomon's Song'. 6. Four sermons.

Bingham was an able archæologist and rendered valuable assistance to the Rev. John Hutchins in the compilation of the 'History of Dorsetshire'. His ' Biographical Anecdotes ' of Hutchins are printed in the 'Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica', No. xxxiv., 2nd ed. London, 1813, quarto. [Memoir by Rev. Peregrine Bingham; Gentlemen's Magazine lxxiii. 1017-20, lxxiv. 117-120, 1041, lxxv. 423, 445, xcvi. (ii.) 91, 92; Hutchins's Dorsetshire, 2nd edition i. liii, 177, ii. 492, iii. 107, 619, iv. 200-202; Welch's Alumni Westmon. (1852), 291, 297, 304, 306; Watt's Bibl. British][1]

Bingham, Sir George Ridout (1777–1833), major-general and colonel-commandant of 2nd battalion rifle brigade, was the son of Richard Bingham, colonel of the Dorset militia, bv his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of J. Ridout, and was born on 21 July 1777. He entered the army in June 1793 as ensign in the 69th foot, serving with it in Corsica and with one of the detachments embarked as marines under Admiral Hotham, in the Gulf of Genoa. Promoted to a company in the 81st foot in 1796, he served with that raiment at the Cape, and took part in the Eamr war of 1800 on the Sundays River. In 1801 he became major in the 82nd foot, and was with it in Minorca until that iaUnd was finally restored to Spain at the peace of Amiens. In 1806 he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the newly raised 2nd battalion 53rd foot in Ireland, and, proceeding with it to Portugal four years later, fought at its head throughout its distinguished Peninsular career, beginning with the expulsion of the French from Oporto in 1809, and ending with the close of the Burgos retreat in 1812. The battalion being then reduced to a skeleton, and having no home battalion to relieve or reinforce it (the 1st battalion was in India), was sent home, but four companies were left in Portugal, and these, with four companies of 2nd Queen's 'similarly circumstanced, were formed into a provisional battalion which, under the command of Colonel Bingham, performed gallant service in the subsequent campaigns in Spain and the south of France, including the victories at Vittoria, in the Pyrenees, and on the Nivelle. When it was decided to consign the Emperor Napoleon to St. Helena, Colonel (now Sir George) Bingham was senior officer of the troops sent thither, and continued to serve in the island with the rank of brigadier-general, as second in command under Sir Hudson Lowe, until 1819, when he returned home on promotion. Some unpublished letters and memoranda of Bingham relating to St. Helena are among the British Museum Additional manuscripts Sir George was afterwards on the Irish staff, and commanded the Cork district from 1827 to 1832, a most distracted period, when the discord fomented by the catholic emancipation debates was aggravated by agrarian crime, famine, and latterly by pestilence. In Ireland, as at St. Helena, Sir George Bingham's fine tact and kindliness of disposition appear to have won eneral esteem. He is described as having been a thorough gentleman as well as a brilliant soldier. He died in London on 3 January 1833. [Hutchins's Hist, of Dorset (ed. 1815, iv. 203); Cannon's Hist. Record 53rd (Shropshire) Regt. of Foot; Gentlemen's Magazine ciii. (i.) 274; Ann. Biography. volume xviii. ][2]


  1.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain

    T. C.

    (1886). "Bingham, George Ridout (DNB00)". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 05. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 0.
  2.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain

    H. M. C.

    (1886). "Bingham, George Ridout (DNB00)". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 05. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 0.

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