Richard Shepherd died at Wetherden, Suffolk on 3 January 1809. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA, 1753; MA, 1757; BD, 1765; DD, 1788). He was Archdeacon of Debford from 1783, and rector of Wetherden and Helmingham, Suffolk, from 1792 until his death. He gave the Bampton Lectures at Oxford in 1788: Ground and Credibility of the Christian Religion. He published several books on philosophy, theology and education. In Reflections on the Doctrine of Materialism; and the Applications of That Doctrine to the Pre-existence of Christ (1779), published pseudonomously, Shepherd recognized that Priestley's concept of matter differed from that of the corpuscularians and of most other writers who attacked Priestley and materialism. But Shepherd followed the standard view by declaring matter to be inactive. He stressed the difference between three sorts of properties: extension, gravity and thought.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.