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PARRY , DAVID ( 1794 - 1877 ), cleric ;

b. 1794 at Llan-gan , near Whitland, Carms. , son of David Parry and Dorothy his wife. He was educated at Ystrad Meurig and Carmarthen grammar schools , and ordained deacon in March 1818 by bishop Burgess of S. Davids . He was licensed as curate to the parish of Crinow , near Narberth , and, in April 1819 , to Llandisilio (near Clyndernwen ) also. He received priest's orders in June 1819 , and in Nov. 1821 , was preferred to the vicarage of Llywel , Brecknock , where he remained for over forty years. In May 1862 he was collated to the living of Defynnog with Ystradfellte . He held this until his death at Defynnog on 22 Oct. 1877 . He was buried at Defynnog . He m. Mary , daughter of David Herbert (q.v.) . Parry was a devoted parish priest and one of the most famous preachers of his day. He was known as ‘ Y Gloch Arian ’ (‘the silver bell’). A scholarship was founded in his name at S. David's College , Lampeter , and there is a portrait of him in the vestry of Defynnog parish church .


  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Yr Haul , Nov. and Dec. 1877 ;
  • S. David's episcopal registers, N.L.W.;
  • private enquiries.


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959