Edward Parry (Bishop of Dover)

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Edward Parry (14 January 1830 – 11 April 1890) was a Bishop of Dover.[1]

Parry was the son of William Parry, Arctic explorer, and Isabella Louisa, his wife, fourth daughter of the John Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley.[2]

Parry was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford[2] and began his ordained ministry as a curate in Norham.[3] After time as chaplain to the Bishop of London, Archibald Campbell Tait,[4] he became Rural Dean of Ealing. In 1869 he was appointed Archdeacon of Canterbury and on the Feast of the Annunciation, 25 March 1870, was consecrated[5] the fourth Bishop of Dover (suffragan bishop inf the Diocese of Canterbury), 273 years after the death of the third bishop.[6] A monument to him is in Canterbury Cathedral.[7] In 1882 he was chosen by the Australian bishops to succeed the late Frederic Barker as Bishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of Australia, but he declined the nomination.[2]

Parry's sons, Edward and Sydney were, respectively, Bishop of Guyana (1900–1921) & Archbishop of the West Indies (1917–1921),[8] and a senior British civil servant. Sydney wrote the article about his father in the Dictionary of National Biography.


  1. ^ "The Late Bishop Of Dover", The Times, 16 April 1890, p. 9.
  2. ^ a b c Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Parry, Right Rev. Edward". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  3. ^ The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory, London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  4. ^ F. S. Parry, ‘Parry, Edward (1830–1890)’, rev. H. C. G. Matthew, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 31 Dec 2008
  5. ^ "Church news: col. 4, The Suffragan Bishop of Dover (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#373). 1 April 1870. p. 143. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ Faith, History and Practice of the Church of England, W.E. Eaton, London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1957
  7. ^ Photo of monument
  8. ^ Who was Who 1897-1990, London, A & C Black, 1991, ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
Church of England titles
Preceded by
In abeyance
Bishop of Dover
Succeeded by
Rodney Eden