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PARRY , JOSHUA ( 1719 - 1776 ), Nonconformist minister, and writer .

Born 17 June 1719 at Llan-gan, Pembs. , of a family that had once been well-to-do, but the father was one of twenty-one children. Parry was educated at Haverfordwest under Evan Davies ( 1694? - 1770 ) , but before Davies opened the Academy there; he was afterwards at Moorfields under John Eames . He became pastor at Midhurst ( 1741-2 ), and then at Cirencester , where he d. 6 Sept. 1776 . He was a literary (and a social) figure, rather than a theologian, and Edmund Jones in 1770 speaks slightingly of him. He is noticed in D.N.B. , in an article based mainly on the Memoir ( 1872 ) written by his grandson Charles Henry Parry .

Joshua Parry had notable descendants. His eldest son, CALEB HILLIER PARRY ( 1755 - 1822 ), was a physician of great repute at Bath [he is repeatedly mentioned in Jane Austen 's letters]. Caleb was a distinguished physician on account of his work on angina , and on exophthalmic goitre (of which he provided the first description). He was a great friend of Edward Jenner .

The physician 's son, Sir WILLIAM EDWARD PARRY ( 1790 - 1855 ), F.R.S. , and rear-admiral , was a very famous Arctic explorer ; and the admiral 's son, EDWARD PARRY ( 1830 - 1890 ), became bishop-suffragan of Dover . The D.N.B. has articles on all three.


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

Emyr Wyn Jones, M.D., F.R.C.P., (1907-99), Pwllheli / Liverpool

Published date: 1959