Bunbury was the second son of Sir Henry Bunbury, 7th Baronet, and the grandson of Henry Bunbury. His mother was Louisa Emilia, daughter of General the Hon. Henry Edward Fox, younger son of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, and his wife Lady Caroline Lennox, the eldest of the famous Lennox sisters. Through the latter he was a descendant of Charles II. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1841.
Bunbury's two-volume history of ancient geography  published in 1879 is the first modern work in English which treats the textual sources with any sophistication.
He was also a contributing author to the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854–57), and to a number of other reference works. Samuel Sharpe thought Bunbury had plagiarised his work on the Ptolemies.
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- Freeman, Nicholas (2011). 1895: Drama, Disaster and Disgrace in Late Victorian Britain. Edinburgh University Press. p. 96.
- "Sir Edward Bunbury". The Times (34519). London. 10 March 1895. p. 10.
- Bunbury, Edward Herbert (1879). A history of ancient geography among the Greeks and Romans, from the earliest ages till the fall of the Roman Empire. London: John Murray. Volume 1Volume 2
- Smith 1854, p. iv.
- SS Diary entry 3 September 1850. "I certainly felt mortified on reading the articles on the Ptolemies in Dr. Smith's " Dictionary of Classical Biography." They were all written by E. H. Bunbury with the help of my " History of Egypt," and with-out any acknowledgment, though he even borrowed the volume from my brother Dan for the purpose."
- Clayden, PW. Samuel Sharpe. p. 82. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Smith, William, ed. (1854). "List of writers" Check value (help). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. I. London: John Murray. p. iv.
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
- Leigh Rayment's list of baronets
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Lundy, Darryl. "FAQ". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
- Works written by or about Edward Bunbury at Wikisource
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Edward Bunbury
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