Gray, Robert

Gray, Robert D.D., bishop of Bristol, was born at London in 1762. He studied at Eton and Oxford, took orders, and became successively vicar of Farringfonl (Berkshire), rector of Craik (Yorkshire) in 1802, and canon of Durham in 1804. His benevolence, and the italents evinced in his works, caused him to be appointed by lord Liverpool's cabinet to the bishopric of Bristol in 1827. He was very popular in this position, and the duke of Wellington offered hilm theeseea of Bangor. He declined, and died soon after at Rodney House, Sept. 28, 1834. He wrote: Key to the O.T. and Apocrypha, or an account of their several books, their contents, and authors, and of the times in which they were respectively written (Lond. 1790, 8vo; 9th ed. 1829, 8vo): Discourses illustrative of the Evidence, Influence, and Doctrines of Christianity (Lond. 1793, 8vo): — Sermons on the Principles of the Reformation of the Church of England (Bampton's Lecture, 1796, 8vo): - The Theory of Dreams (Lond. 1808, 8vo): — The Connection between the sacred Writings and the Literature of Jewish and heathen Authors, etc., with a View to Evidence in Conformation of the Truth and revealed Religion (Lond. 1819, 2d ed. 2 volumes, 8vo). — Rose, New General Biograph. Dict.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 21:760; Darling, Cycop. Bibliographica, 1:1309.

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