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PERRI (or PARRY ), HENRY ( 1560/1 - 1617 ) of Maes Glas (Greenfield), Flints.

He was of gentle birth. It is believed that he was the ‘ Henry Parry ’ who became a member of Balliol College , Oxford , at the age of 18, 20 March 1578/9 ; B.A. Gloucester Hall , 1579/80 ; M.A. 1582/3 ; B.D. Jesus College , 1597 . Humphrey Humphreys (q.v.) testified — on the authority of his son-in-law — that he had travelled considerably and had married before he came to Anglesey as Sir Richard Bulkeley 's chaplain ; it was doubtless through the latter's influence that he obtained some Anglesey livings — 1601 Rhoscolyn , 1606 Trefdraeth , 1613 Llanfachraeth . He was made canon of Bangor cathedral in 1612/3 . His successor to this post was appointed in Dec. 1617 , which suggests that Perri had died in the course of the year. Both Dr. John Davies and Thomas Wiliems (qq.v.) of Trefriw regarded him as a praiseworthy Welsh scholar and it is, therefore, surprising that the Eglvryn Phraethineb sebh Dosparth ar Retoreg , 1595 , is his only book. Perri made use of William Salesbury 's book on rhetoric, which is an adaptation from the Latin , but his work is fuller and more detailed than that of his predecessor. He was also acquainted with the English books of the period and these were chiefly responsible for his claim that there are only two branches of rhetoric — ‘elocutio’ and ‘pronuntiato.’ Salesbury 's views were somewhat different. Moreover, he rejected some of Salesbury 's terms and borrowed others from the grammars of Siôn Dafydd Rhys and Gruffydd Robert . His eulogy of the art of rhetoric in the introduction to this book is highly typical of the Renaissance.


  • G. J. Williams 's introduction to the reprint of Egluryn Ffraethineb sef dosbarth ar retoreg ; un o'r saith gelfyddyd (Cardiff, 1930) (Cardiff, 1930 );
  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses (1813–20) , 2nd imp., i, 666 — evidence of bishop Humphreys.
  • [He was descended from the Tudors of Penmynydd ;
  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 106.]


Garfield Hopkin Hughes, M.A., (1912-69), Aberystwyth

Corrections and additions:

PERRI , HENRY ( DWB , 747).

Read ‘pronuntiatio’ (not ‘pronuntiato’).


Published date: 1959