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J. H. Parry , it would seem, was his parents’ eldest son. He was b. at Mold 6 April 1786 , and went to Ruthin school ( Thomas , op. cit., ii, 132). He was afterwards in the office of his uncle, a lawyer at Mold . On his father's death he inherited some money, went up to London in 1807 , and was called to the Bar in 1811 . But he ‘ neglected his practice ,’ fell into debt, and took to journalism , writing under the pseudonym ‘ Ordovex .’ In 1819 he founded The Cambro-Briton , of which he brought out three volumes ( 1820-2 ), and in 1824 published a biographical dictionary, The Cambrian Plutarch . He was a member of the Gwyneddigion Society , and was one of the men who, in 1820 , revived the Cymmrodorion Society — he was its secretary for a year, and edited the first volume 1822 ) of its Transactions . When, in 1822 , the government decided to print the older British historians , Parry was appointed editor of the Welsh section — Aneurin Owen (q.v.) was appointed to succeed him after his death. He was killed in a tavern brawl at the ‘ Prince of Wales ,’ Pentonville , 12 Feb. 1825 . Leathart describes him as ‘ a generally intelligent man, though somewhat hasty and overbearing .’ He left a widow and five children in great poverty; the Gwyneddigion and Cymmrodorion , chiefly through the efforts of Bardd Alaw (q.v.) , collected more than £1,000 for their benefit. One of these children was JOHN PARRY ( 1816 - 1880 ), a barrister , and one of the last to be entitled ‘Serjeant’; he appears in D.N.B. — a strong radical and a famous pleader , who appeared in some very notable cases, e.g. the Tichborne case , and Whistler v. Ruskin .
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959