Babington, Matthew Drake (1788 -1851)
The Reverend Matthew Drake Babington, was the son of the Reverend Matthew Babington, Vicar of Rothley in Leicestershire, and Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Roberts Drake, of Leicester. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was admitted pensioner 2 February 1807, and took his B.A. in 1812, and his M.A. in 1816. He was appointed Perpetual Curate of Whitwick in Leicestershire 1828 1851; Perpetual Curate of Sheepshed till 1831; and Perpetual Curate of Oaks Chapel 1838 1851, and a Rural Dean. He married, 7 June 1820, Hannah, daughter of B. Fleetwood Churchill Esq of Northampton. In 1851 he became Chaplain at Messina in Sicily, and died there on 26 July that year. His son, the Rev. Churchill Babington, D.D., sold his father's collection of eighty six editions of Horace to Cambridge University Library on 17 February 1858. The son's library was sold at auction by Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge 27 November 1889.