Biography of Duncan Bunch
Duncan Bunch (fl 1443-1474) was one of the University's first regents and was Rector from 1468 to 1469. He was Principal from 1460 to 1475. Bunch was also appointed Quadlibetarius, presiding over the quodlibet disputations at the University from 1463 to 1468. He is believed to have built the Principal's house on High Street and donated books to the regents' library.
A member of an influential Perth family, Bunch studied at the Universities of St Andrews (where he graduated MA) and Cologne. In 1451 he became one of the University's first regents, with Alexander Geddes and William Arthurlie. In 1460 he was described as Principal Regent in the Faculty of Arts, in the charter which founded the College.
Bunch is recorded as the Vicar of Wiston in 1456 and Vicar of Dundonald in 1462. He was subsequently Canon of Glasgow and Prebendary of Renfrew. In May 1474 he led a Royal embassy from Scotland to Rome. He died from a disease in the same year.
University Link: Principal, Rector, Regent
Occupation categories: clergy
Record last updated: 16th Oct 2013