See also:English schoolmaster, son of
See also:Samuel Parr, surgeon at
See also:Hill, was
See also:born there on the 26th of
See also:January 1747 . At
See also:Easter 1752 he was sent to Harrow School as a
See also:scholar, and when he
See also:left in 1761 he began to help his
See also:father in his practice, but the old surgeon realized that his son's talents
See also:lay elsewhere, and Samuel was sent (1765) to
See also:College, Cambridge . From
See also:February 1767 to the close of 1771 he served under Robert
See also:Sumner as
See also:head assistant at . Harrow, where he had Sheridan among his pupils . When the head
See also:master died in
See also:September 1771 Parr, after vainly applying for the position, started a school at Stan-more, which he conducted for five years . Then he became head master of Colchester Grammar School (1776—1778) and subsequently of Norwich School (1778—1786) . He had taken
See also:priest's orders at Colchester, and in 178o was presented to the small rectory of Asterby in
See also:Lincolnshire, and three years later to the vicarage of Hatton near
See also:Warwick . He exchanged this latter
See also:benefice for Wadenhoe,
See also:Northamptonshire, in 1789, stipulating to be allowed to reside, as assistant curate, in the parsonage of Hatton, where he took a limited number of pupils . Here he spent the
See also:rest of his days, enjoying his excellent library, described by H . G .
See also:Bohn in Bibliotheca Parriana (1827), and here his friends,
See also:Porson and E . H .
See also:Barker, passed many months in his
See also:company . The degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by the university of Cambridge in 1781 . Parr died at Hatton vicarage on the 6th of
See also:March 1825 . Dr Parr's writings fill several volumes, but they are all beneath the reputation which he acquired through the variety of his knowledge and dogmatism of his conversation . The chief of them are his Characters of
See also:Fox (1809); and his unjustifiable reprint of the Tracts of
See also:Warburton and a Warburtonian, not admitted into their
See also:works, a scathing exposure of Warburton and
See also:Hurd . Even amid the terrors of the French Revolution he adhered to Whiggism, and his
See also:correspondence included every man of
See also:eminence, either
See also:literary or
See also:political, who adopted the same creed . In private
See also:life his
See also:model was
See also:Johnson . He succeeded in copying his uncouthness and pompous manner, but had neither his
See also:humour nor his real authority . He was famous as a writer of epitaphs and wrote inscriptions for the tombs of Burke, Charles
See also:Burney, Johnson, Fox and Gibbon . There are two
See also:memoirs of his life, one by the Rev .
See also:Field (1828), the other, with his works and his letters, by
See also:Johnstone (1828) ; and E . H .
Barker published in 1828–1829 two volumes of Parriana, a confusedmass of information on Parr and his friends . An
See also:essay on his life is included in De Quincey's works, vol. v., and a little
See also:volume of the Aphorisms, Opinions and Reflections of the
See also:late Dr Parr appeared in 1826 .
CATHERINE PARR (1512-1548)
THOMAS PARR (c. 1483—1635)
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