Duke, Richard an English divine and poet, was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he became a fellow about 1682. Having been ordained, he was presented to the rectory of Blaby, in Leicestershire; in 1687 made a prebendary of Gloucester; and in 1688 chosen a proctor in convocation for that Church, and was chaplain to queen Anne. In 1710 he was presented to the living of Witney, in Oxfordshire. He died February 10 of the same year. He published three Sermons in his lifetime, the first, on The Imitation of Christ, preached before the queen in 1703; the other two were preached in 1704. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. aand Amer. Authors, s.v.