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Edward Burton

1794-1836. Patristic scholar and church historian. Educated in Christ Church, Oxford, he studied on the Continent (1818-24) and on his return to England gained a reputation for wide and exact learning. In 1829 he was appointed regius professor of divinity at Oxford. His works include Testimonies of the Ante-Nicene Fathers to the Divinity of Christ (1826); editions of the works of Bishop George Bull, Pearson's* Exposition of the Creed, and Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History; and two volumes of lectures. He is chiefly remembered because his early death resulted in R.D. Hampden's succeeding him as regius professor, and the consequent campaigning by the leaders of the Oxford Movement* against Hampden.