Edward Bunbury

Sir Edward Herbert Bunbury, 9th Baronet (8 July 1811 – 5 March 1895), known as Edward Bunbury until 1886, was a British Liberal Party politician.


Bunbury was the second son of Sir Henry Bunbury, 7th Baronet, and the grandson of Henry Bunbury. His mother was Louisa Emilia, daughter of General the Hon. Henry Edward Fox, younger son of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, and his wife Lady Caroline Lennox, the eldest of the famous Lennox sisters. Through the latter he was a descendant of Charles II. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] In 1847 Bunbury was elected to the House of Commons for Bury St Edmunds, a seat he held until 1852. In 1886 he succeeded his elder brother in the baronetcy.

Bunbury died in March 1895, aged 83.[2] He never married and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his nephew, Charles.


Bunbury's two-volume history of ancient geography (whose full title is A History of Ancient Geography among the Greeks and Romans from the Earliest Ages till the Fall of the Roman Empire) published in 1879 is the first modern work in English which treats the textual sources with any sophistication.

He was also a contributing author to the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854–57),[3] and to a number of other reference works. Samuel Sharpe thought Bunbury had plagiarised his work on the Ptolemies.[4][5]


  1. "Bunbury, Edward Herbert (BNBY829EH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. Freeman, Nicholas (2011). 1895: Drama, Disaster and Disgrace in Late Victorian Britain. Edinburgh University Press. p. 96.
  3. Smith 1854, p. iv.
  4. SS Diary entry 3 September 1850. "I certainly felt mortified on reading the articles on the Ptolemies in Dr. Smith's " Dictionary of Classical Biography." They were all written by E. H. Bunbury with the help of my " History of Egypt," and with-out any acknowledgment, though he even borrowed the volume from my brother Dan for the purpose."
  5. Clayden, PW. Samuel Sharpe. p. 82. Retrieved 10 May 2016.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Earl Jermyn
Lord Charles FitzRoy
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds
With: The Earl Jermyn
Succeeded by
The Earl Jermyn
John Stuart
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Charles James Fox Bunbury
(of Stanney Hall)
Succeeded by
Henry Charles John Bunbury
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