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PARRY , THOMAS (d. 1709 ), minister with the Particular Baptists

of Llanigon and Glasbury in the days of the Restoration and for two decades after the Toleration Act . He signed the minutes of the Abergavenny Association in 1653 , and of the Llanwenarth Association in 1705 ; between those years he had suffered severely from the penal laws , as the records of the Brecon Consistory court prove . He lived at Wenallt , near Llanigon . There are traditions about his friendship with Vavasor Powell (q.v.) , but they do not rest on very good evidence. He is said also to have acted as pastor of the Baptists of north Breeknock and western Radnor , but it must be remembered that most of them were Arminians , and that Parry was a strict Calvinist . He is hardly ever referred to without a tag of verse comparing him most favourably as a preacher with Alexander Griffith (q.v.) , vicar of Glasbury .

Sources:

  • Joshua Thomas , Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry (Pontypridd ed.), 152-4, 157-8;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , ii, 438-9.

Author:

Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959