Richard Gifford, son of a Scottish father, was born in Bishop's Castle, Shropshire. He took his B.A. at Balliol College Oxford (1748), pursuing no further degrees on account of political differences with the college (Gifford was a Whig). He was vicar of Duffield in Derbyshire (1759) and rector of North Okedon (1772). In addition to his one poem, Gifford published letters in the Gentleman's Magazine for a period extending over fifty years.
Remarks on Mr. Kennicott's Dissertation upon the tree of life in paradise. 1748.
Outlines of an answer to Dr. Priestley's disquisitions relating to matter and spirit. 1781.
Correspondence in John Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58).