William Parry was born in Abergavenny on 25 November 1754 and died in Wymondley on 9 January 1819. Educated for the Congregational ministry at Homerton College under John Conder and Thomas Gibbons, to whom he expressed great indebtedness, he supplied the church at Gravesend before being called to Little Baddow, Essex (1780–99). From 1799 to 1819 he was Principal of Wymondley Academy, near Stevenage. In 1790 he supported those who sought the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts. In 1792 he published A Vindication of Public and Social Worship against the critique by the Unitarian Gilbert Wakefield; and in 1818 he resorted to block capitals to quash as ‘a groundless calumny, and an absolute falsehood’ (Evangelical Magazine, 1818, p. 172) the rumour that he had himself become an Arian or Unitarian.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.