The son of a Turkey merchant, Richard Owen Cambridge studied at Eton (1732), St. John's College Oxford (1735) and Lincoln's Inn (1737) before setting up as a country gentleman. He spent his later life living at Twickenham where he was regarded as a wit and something of an eccentric. At Eton he knew Gray, West, and Walpole; later he knew William Whitehead, and Thomas Edwards. Cambridge contributed to the Monthly Review (1783-86) and The World.
1736[On the Happy Nuptials of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Augusta Princess of Sax-Gotha.]
1748 ca.Archimage, a Poem written in imitation of Spencer, and descriptive of the Author and four of his Boat's Crew.
1751[Scribleriad: The Cave of Rumour.]
Verses in Gratulatio in nuptias principium. 1736.
The scribleriad: an heroic poem in six books. 1751.
A dialogue between a Member of Parliament and his servant, in imitation of Horace. 1752.
The intruder: in imitation of Horace book 1 satire 9. 1754.
The fable of Jotham: to the borough-hunters. 1754.
An elegy written in an empty assembly room [Parody of Eloisa to Abelard]. 1753.
The fakeer: a tale. 1756.
An elegy written in an empty assembly-room. 1756.
The genius of Britain: an iambic ode addressed to William Pitt. 1756.
An account of the war in India on the coast of Coromandel. 1761.
Works, ed. G. O. Cambridge (son). 1803.