Richard Parr

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Richard Parr (1592?–1644) was an English bishop of Sodor and Man.


He was born about 1592 in Lancashire. On 2 September 1609 he entered Brasenose College, Oxford, then aged 17. He commenced B.A. 17 June 1613, was elected Fellow in 1614, and proceeded M.A. 19 April 1616, B.D. 10 June 1624, D.D. 1 July 1634.

In 1616 he took orders, and was a frequent preacher, as well as a tutor. On 25 August 1626 he was instituted rector of Ladbroke, Warwickshire. In 1629 he resigned that living, and was instituted (6 February) to the rectory of Eccleston[disambiguation needed]. On 10 June 1635 he was consecrated bishop of Sodor and Man, retaining Eccleston in commendam. He wintered in England.

In 1641 Parr rebuilt St. Catherine's, Ramsey. His chaplain and curate at Eccleston was Edward Gee. In October 1643 the living was sequestered and given to Gee. Parr remained in his diocese, where he was not disturbed, as the Isle of Man was held by the royalists till 1651.

He died at Bishop's Court, Peel, on 23 March 1644, and was buried on 26 March in the grave of Bishop John Phillips in St Germans Cathedral, Peel. The see was not filled until 1661, by the appointment of Samuel Rutter (died 30 May 1663).

His son, Robert Parr, was rector of Ballaugh (1640–70). The bishop spelled his name originally Parre, and later Parr. He published some sermons.



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Parr, Richard (1592?-1644)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.