Henry Parry (bishop of Worcester)

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For the colonial bishop, see Henry Parry (bishop of Perth).

Henry Parry (1561–1616) was an English bishop.


He was born in Wiltshire, and came as scholar to Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1576. He graduated M.A. there in 1586.[1][2]

He was a friend of both Lancelot Andrewes and Richard Hooker, who was Fellow of Corpus with him. With John Churchman he recovered the papers of Hooker, shortly after his death in 1600. He took part in the editorial group who in 1601 met to bring the final volumes of Hooker's Ecclesiastical Polity into their published form.[3]

He was chaplain to Elizabeth I and was present at her deathbed, documented in the diary of John Manningham.[4] A Ming period wucai tea kettle, said to have been given by the Queen to Parry, at a time when porcelain was rare in England, was sold in 2007 for over £1,000,000.[5][6]

He was Dean of Chester from 1605 to 1607.[7] He was Bishop of Gloucester from 1607 to 1610 and Bishop of Worcester from 1610 to 1616. There is an alabaster effigy of Parry in Worcester Cathedral.[8]


Parry translated the Heidelberg Catechism into English, from the Latin version, with commentary by Zacharias Ursinus. This work appeared as The Summe of Christian Religion, first edition in Oxford in 1587, and often reprinted.[9] In 1610 he translated into Latin The Summe of the Conference betwene John Rainoldes and John Hart (1584), the record of the disputation between John Rainolds and John Hart.[10]


  1. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Anthony à Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1813 edition, editor Philip Glass, volume 2.
  3. ^ Philip B. Secor, Richard Hooker: Prophet of Anglicanism (1999), pp. 327-9 and note p. 340.
  4. ^ Arthur Ponsonby, English Diaries (1923), pp. 113-4; online text.
  5. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1548134/Teapot-fit-for-a-Queen-sells-for-over-andpound1m.html
  6. ^ http://www.artfact.com/auction-lot/an-important-and-rare-wucai-wine-ewer-and-cover-1-c-1cxw1tilv0
  7. ^ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=35845
  8. ^ Alan Brooks, Nikolaus Pevsner, Worcestershire: The Buildings of England (2007), p. 695.
  9. ^ Falconer Madan, The Early Oxford Press: A Bibliography of Printing and Publishing at Oxford, 1468-1640 (1895)
  10. ^  Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney, eds. (1891). "Hart, John (d.1586)". Dictionary of National Biography. 25. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Ravis
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Giles Thomson
Preceded by
Gervase Babington
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
John Thornborough