Alexander Parker (Quaker)

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Alexander Parker (21 June 1628 – 8 March 1689) was a Quaker preacher and author.[1]

He was born on 21 June 1628 at Chipping, Lancashire, England the son of Robert Parker. He was convinced and became a Quaker preacher, travelling widely in England and Scotland.

He wrote:

  • A Testimony of the Light Within (1657)
  • A Discovery of Satans Wiles (1657)
  • Testimony of the Appearance of God (1658)
  • A Tryall of a Christian (1658)
  • A Call out of Egypt (1659)
  • A Testimony of Truth (1659)
  • An Epistle to Friends (1660)

Parker was one of eighty-four Quakers who founded the six-weeks' meeting for the management of Quaker affairs, in October 1671.

On 8 August 1683 he, with George Whitehead, and Gilbert Latey,[2] presented an address to King Charles II of England at Windsor on behalf of persecuted Friends. Parker accompanied George Fox to the Netherlands in 1684.

He died in London on 8 March 1689.

One of his letters to Friends, advising them on the holding of Meetings for Worship was included in current printed guidance for British Quakers.[3]


  1. ^ ODNB article by Richard L. Greaves, "Parker, Alexander (1628–1689)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 15 May 2008
  2. ^ For information on Gilbert Latey, see ODNB article: Charlotte Fell-Smith, ‘Latey, Gilbert (1626–1705)’, rev. Caroline L. Leachman, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 18 June 2013
  3. ^ Quaker Faith & Practice (1994), Paragraph 2:41.