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PARRY , RICHARD ( 1560 - 1623 ), bishop and biblical translator ;

b. in 1560 , son of John ap Harri , of Pwllhalog , Cwm, Flints. , and Ruthin , and his wife, Elen ferch Dafydd ap John , of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd . Richard Parry was educated at Westminster School under Camden . In 1579 he entered Christ Church , Oxford , where he graduated B.A. 5 Feb. 1584 . He was ordained a deacon by bishop Robinson of Bangor , 5 April 1584 , and on 4 May was instituted to a comportion of Llanelidan , the endowment of Ruthin free school . While master of Ruthin , he proceeded M.A. 4 June 1586 , and later, 4 March 1594 , became a B.D. On 24 Dec. 1592 he became chancellor of Bangor ; 1 Jan. 1593 , vicar of Gresford ; in 1596 , rector of Cilcain ; and 11 April 1599 , dean of Bangor . Consecrated bishop of S. Asaph , 30 Dec. 1604 , he retained in commendam the archdeaconry of S. Asaph and his livings of Gresford (until 1609 ) and Cilcain (until 1622 ). He also acquired the livings of Rhuddlan ( 1605-18 ), Cwm ( 1610-16 ), and Llanrwst ( 1616-23 ). In 1610 , at the earl of Salisbury 's request, he intervened, unsuccessfully, in the dispute between Sir John Wynn of Gwydir (q.v.) and his tenants at Dolwyddelan . Parry 's report on his diocese in Jan. 1611 shows his deep concern over lay impropriation and the lack of a learned, resident, ministry.

Parry is chiefly remembered for his revised versions of the Welsh Bible and Book of Common Prayer , published in 1620 and 1621 . Though Parry received the credit, his brother-in-law, Dr. John Davies of Mallwyd ( c. 1567 - 1644 ) (q.v.) , was mainly responsible for the work.

He m., c. 1598 , Gwen ferch John ap Rhys Wyn , and had four sons and seven daughters. He d. at Diserth , 26 Sept. 1623 , leaving a pension of £6 p.a. at Jesus College for a poor scholar of Ruthin .

Sources:

  • J. Ballinger and Ifano Jones , The Bible in Wales (1906) , 25-6;
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , 1603-18 ;
  • Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) , 93-7;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • W. J. Gruffydd , Llenyddiaeth Cymru o 1450 hyd 1600 , 77-9;
  • Journal of the Historical Society of the Church in Wales , i, 43-9;
  • History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher, and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fadog , v, 208 ff.;
  • Thomas . A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , i, 227, iii, 321-2;
  • [ J. E. Griffith . Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 387].

Author:

Sir Glanmor Williams, M.A., Swansea

Published date: 1959