The son of a Staffordshire farmer, Richard Hurd entered Emmanuel College Cambridge as a sizar (B.A. 1739, M.A. 1742, Fellow, 1742, B.D. 1749, D.D. 1768). He was ordained in 1744 and was curate of St. Andrew-the-Less, Cambridge (1753-56), Rector of Thurcaston, Leicestershire (1756-76); preacher at Lincoln's Inn (1765); Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (1774-81) and Bishop of Worcester (1781-1808). In 1776 Hurd was preceptor to the Prince of Wales and Duke of York; his close association with his patron William Warburton attracted comment and controversy.
Remarks on a late book [by W. Weston], entitled ... Rejection of the Christian miracles. 1746.
Ars Poetica [Horace, ed. Hurd]. 1749.
Epistola ad Augustum [Horace, ed. Hurd, with A discourse concerning... imitation]. 1751.
The opinion of an eminent lawyer, concerning the right of appeal. 1751.
The mischiefs of enthusiasm and bigotry: a sermon. 1752.
On the provinces of drama [with Epistola ad Augustum]. 1753.
A sermon preached at ... the annual meeting of ... the charity schools. 1753.
On the delicacy of friendship: a seventh dissertation, addess'd to [John Jortin]. 1755.
A letter to Mr. Mason on the marks of imitation [with Epistola ad Augustum]. 1757.
Remarks on Mr. David Hume's Essay on the natural history of religion. 1757.
Moral and political dialogues. 1759; 3 vols, 1765.
Letters on chivalry and romance. 1762.
Dialogues on the uses of foreign travel. 1764.
Letter to the Rev'd Dr. T. Leland. 1764.
An introduction to the study of the prophecies concerning the Christian Church. 1772.
Select works of Cowley. 2 vols, 1772.
A charge delivered to the clergy. 1776.
Sermons. 3 vols, 1776-80.
A sermon preached before the House of Lords. 1777.
A sermon preached before the Society for the propagation of the Gospel in foreign parts. 1781.
Letters of a late eminent prelate [Warburton] to one of his friends, ed. Hurd. 1808.
Works of Joseph Addison, ed. Hurd. 6 vols, 1811.
Works. 8 vols, 1811.
Correspondence, ed. E. H. Peace and L. Whibley. 1932.
The early letters of Richard Hurd, ed. Sarah Brewer. 1995.