Bampton was a member of
Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. in 1712. He is now remembered chiefly because of the contents of his will, which directs that eight lectures shall be delivered annuallyat Oxfordin the University Church on as many Sunday mornings in full term, "between the commencement of the last month in Lentterm and the end of the third week in Act term, upon either of the following subjects: to confirm and establish the Christian faith, and to confute all heretics and schismatics; upon the divine authority of the Holy Scriptures; upon the authority of the writings of the primitive fathers, as to the faith and practice of the primitive Church; upon the divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; upon the divinity of the Holy Ghost; upon the articles of the Christian faith as comprehended in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds."
The lecturer, who must be at least a Master of Arts of Oxford or Cambridge, was formerly chosen yearly by the heads of colleges, on the fourth Tuesday in
Easterterm, and no one can be chosen a second time. The Bampton Lectures, as they are known, began in 1780, and are still held, but not as often.
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