Edward Abbott Parry

Sir Edward Abbott Parry (2 October 1863 – 1 December 1943) was a British judge and dramatist.[1]

Sir Edward Abbott Parry (portrayed in 1927 in a bookplate designed for him)

Parry was born in London into a prominent Welsh family, the second son of barrister John Humffreys Parry[2][3] and grandson of antiquary John Humffreys Parry, a leader of the Welsh literature movement in the early 19th century. His great-uncle Thomas Parry was bishop of Barbados and his great-grandfather Edward Parry was Rector of Llanferres, Denbighshire.[1]

Parry himself studied at the Middle Temple and was called to the Bar in 1885. He was Judge of Manchester County Court 1894-1911[4] and became Judge of Lambeth County Court in 1911. He wrote several plays and books for children.[5] He was appointed to sit on a Pensions Appeal Tribunal in the summer of 1917, which dealt with appeals against governmental decisions on military pensions, and later published a book on War Pensions: Past and Present, co-authored with Sir Alfred Codrington, another member of the Tribunal.[6]

He died in Sevenoaks, Kent, aged 80.[1]

Beyond the stark details of this curriculum vitae, much can be learnt about Parry as a man from his autobiography.[7] To cite one anecdote, he took a summer holiday, probably in 1895 or 1896, in the tiny village of Rhoscolyn on Anglesey and became a great friend of the Revd. John Hopkins, the Rector. When Hopkins died in 1901, Parry was instrumental (with others) in erecting a fine copper memorial tablet in the church. He also published an appreciation in the Cornhill Magazine.[8] The obvious mutual empathy and warmth of the friendship between two men of such different backgrounds is a credit to both: the London-educated judge, son of a barrister and the iron miner (before his ordination) and son of a Merthyr publican,[9] fined for selling beer during the time of divine service.[10]


  • 1888: (ed.) The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54. London: Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh
  • 1895: Katawampus, its Treatment and Cure. London: David Nutt (many later editions)
    • Katawampus, its treatment and cure, and the First Book of Krab. Illustrated by Archie Macgregor, coloured by Cynthia Moon. Manchester: Sherratt & Hughes, 1921
  • 1897: The First Book of Krab: Christmas stories for young and old; with illustrations by Archie MacGregor. London: David Nutt
  • 1900: Don Quixote of the Mancha. Re-told by Judge Parry. Illustrated by Walter Crane. London: David Nutt
  • 1914: The Law and The Poor. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  • 1923: The Seven Lamps of Advocacy. London: T. Fisher Unwin


  1. "Obituary: Edward Parry – Judge and Author". The Times. 3 December 1943. p. 7.
  2.  Foster, Joseph (1885). "Parry, Edward Abbott" . Men-at-the-Bar  (second ed.). London: Hazell, Watson, and Viney. p. 353.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2011-03-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. Resident of Burlington Road, Withington--Lejeune, C. A. (1964) Thank You for Having Me. London: Hutchinson; p. 36
  5. The Green Room Book, and Who's Who on the Stage. 1907
  6. Parry, Edward Abbott; Codrington, Alfred Edward. "War pensions, past and present". London, Nisbet via Internet Archive.
  7. Parry, Edward (1932). My Own Way, An Autobiography. Cassell.
  8. Parry, Edward (1905). "A Welsh Rector of the Last Century". The Cornhill Magazine. XVIII: 32–43.
  9. Census of England and Wales. 1851.
  10. The Welshman. 24 December 1841. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • The seven lamps of advocacy. Published 1968 by Books for Libraries Press in Freeport, N.Y .