Richard Shepherd studied at Corpus Christi College Oxford (M.A. 1757; B.D. 1765; D.D. 1788). He was archdeacon of Bedford, and rector of Wetherden and Helmingham in Suffolk, a living given him by Chancellor Thurlow. Shepherd was a minor poet and dramatist, but a considerable divine who compiled a long list of scholarly publications. One is addressed to Sir William Jones, presumably an acquaintance from Oxford. Some of his odes are collected in Pearch's Supplement to Dodsley's Collection of Poems.
An ode to love. 1756.
The review of A free enquiry into the nature and origin of evil. 1759.
The nuptials: a didactick poem. In three books. 1761.
Odes descriptive and allegorical. 1761.
Letters to the author of A free enquiry into the nature and origin of evil. To which are added, three discourses. 1768.
Hector, a dramatic poem. 1770.
The requisition of subscription to the thirty-nine articles and liturgy of the Church of England not inconsistent with Christian liberty: a sermon. 1771.
An appendix to a sermon on the requisition of subscription to the thirty-nine articles and liturgy of the Church of England. 1772.
Bianca: a tragedy. 1772.
Miscellanies: in two volumes. 1775.
The dying hero: a poem. 1779.
Reflections on the doctrine of materialism and the religious purposes to which modern philosophers have applied it. 1779.
Free examination of the Socinian exposition of the prefatory verses of St. John's gospel. 1781.
An essay on education, in a letter to William Jones. 1782.
The ground and credibility of the Christian religion: in a course of sermons preached before the University of Oxford. 1788.
A sermon preached before the University of Oxford, on January the 30th, 1790. 1790.
Additional discourses on the ground, credibility, and truth of the Christian religion. 1792.
The influence of example: a sermon. 1793.
Discourses on a future existence, an intermediate state, and recognition of each other. 1795?
Two sermons on a future state. 1795?
Notes critical and dissertatory on the Gospel and Epistles of St. John. 1796.