He was born at Manchester, son of T. P. Bunting, and grandson of Wesleyan divine Jabez Bunting. He was educated at Owen's College, Manchester, and Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 1859 he was classed as 21st wrangler, and three years later was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn. In 1882 he became editor of The Contemporary Review, and henceforth devoted himself to journalism, becoming also editor of the Methodist Times from 1902 to 1907, in succession to Hugh Price Hughes. In 1908 he was knighted. Throughout his life, he was an active supporter of Wesleyan Methodism. He died in London.
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