Bernard, Richard a Puritan divine, was born 1566 or 1567, died: in 1641. Among his numerous works are the following: Plain Evidence that the Church of England is Apostolical (Lond. 1610); A Key for Opening the Mysteries of the Revelation of St. John (Lond. 1617); The fabulous Foundation of the Popedom, showing that St. Peter was never at Rome (Oxford, 1619); and several other works against the Church of Rome; The Isle of Man, or legal Proceedings in Manshire against Sin (Lond. 1627, 10th edit. 1635), supposed by some to have been the germ of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress; A Guide to Grand Jurymen with regard to Witches (Lond. 1627, 12mo). — Hoefer, Biog. Generale, 5, 592; Allibone, Dict. of Authors, 1, 179.