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William McLardie Bunting (1805-66)

William McLardie Bunting was the eldest son of the prominent Wesleyan minister Jabez Bunting. He was born in Manchester and was educated at Woodhouse Grove and Kingswood. He candidated for the ministry in 1824 and exercised an active circuit ministry until poor health forced him to superannuate in 1843. Bunting spent his retirement in London. He continued to preach and was actively involved in a large number of Methodist and related causes such as the Evangelical Alliance.

Bunting was also a talented hymnwriter and  three of his compositions were included in the Methodist Hymnbook of 1933.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1867 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1733-1860, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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