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PARRY , GRIFFITH ( 1827 - 1901 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and author .

Born at Caernarvon in Dec. 1827 ; his mother was sister to Robert Owen ( Eryron Gwyllt Walia , q.v.) and a niece of the famous Calvinistic Methodist preachers Robert Roberts of Clynnog and John Roberts of Llangwm (qq.v.) — appropriately enough, Parry was to edit the poems of Robert Owen and the sermons of Robert Roberts . He went to Bala C.M. College ( 1847-1851 ), and began preaching . In 1851 , while continuing to preach (he was ordained in 1856 ), he set up as printer and bookseller at Caernarvon , but at the end of 1861 he took to pastoral charges — at Llanrwst ( 1861-71 ), Salford ( 1871-6 ), Siloh , Aberystwyth ( 1876-83 ), and Carno, Mont. ( 1889-1901 ). He was moderator of the Calvinistic Methodist General Assembly in 1889 , moderator of the North Wales Association in 1895 , and editor of Y Drysorfa , 1887-91 . He was a remarkably polished preacher , a writer of distinction, and a voracious reader. He wrote much in the Traethodydd and the Drysorfa , and some of the most important articles in (both editions of) Y Gwyddoniadur were his work — he also published commentaries. He d. 22 Aug. 1901 at Carno .

Sources:

  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1903 (by John Owen ).

Author:



His second son, EDMUND PARRY ( 1855 - 1897 ), was b. at Caernarvon 8 Aug. 1855 , and educated at Llanrwst and Manchester grammar schools, at Aberystwyth University College ( 1877-9 ), and at Lincoln College , Oxford ( 1879-83 ), proceeding M.A. afterwards, and later on ( 1895 ) taking a B.D. degree at S. Andrews . He was pastor of the Calvinistic Methodist English churches at Brecon ( 1883 ) and Ruthin ( 1887 ), but in 1889 became assistant-tutor at Bala , and subsequently head of the Calvinistic Methodist preparatory department there. He d. at Bala 4 Sept. 1897 . He was a man of conspicuous refinement and (though his academic career had not been distinguished) of wide culture. He edited ( 1895 ) some of the discourses of David Charles Davies (q.v.) , and in 1896 published a biography of Davies , with a selection of his sermons.

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Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959