1910 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Parrott

William Prideaux Courtney, Dodsley's Collection of Poetry, its Contents and Contributors (1910) 116-17.



The Rev. Charles Parrott contributed poems to vol. iv. 296-302, and vi. 135-8. The first set was sent through Shenstone. The last piece, "Ode to Cupid on Valentine's Day," is reprinted in Dr. John Aikin's Vocal Poetry, pp. 105-06.

The Rev. Henry Parrott, his father, a member of the Huntingdonshire branch of the family of Perrot or Parrott, belonged to Holywell in Hampshire, and married Catherine or Arabella Halford, daughter of Sir William Halford. Charles was baptized at St. Alphage, London, on 23 Sept. 1713; became scholar at Winchester College, as founder's kin through his mother, in 1728, and matriculated from New College, Oxford, on 25 Oct., 1732, when his age was given as eighteen. He was a Fellow from 9 July, 1733, to 1757, and took the degree of B.C.L. on 16 April, 1740.

Parrott was instituted to the vicarage of Heckfield, Hants, on 21 Jan., 1752|3, and resigned it in 1757 for the rectory of Saham Tony in Norfolk, both of them being in the gift of New College. On the death in 1764 of his relative the Rev. John Carey or Carey, Rector of Wootton, near Woodstock, he came into the possession of considerable property. He married in 1755 Maria, daughter of Robert Francis of Norwich, and died on 12 Feb., 1787. A memorial tablet in Latin to his memory was erected by her in the chancel of Saham Tony Church. It gives his age as 72. He left no issue.

Parrott was possessed of ample means, and was very charitable in disposition. He restored the eastern portion of Saham Tony Church; rebuilt the parsonage house, which had almost fallen to pieces though age; adorned its gardens; and left to the living certain land, the possession of which would be useful to his successors. His will was dated in 1785. Under it he gave £200 for the purchase of land for the Warden of New College, £1300 for the benefit of widows in the almshouse at Marshfield, and £2711 9s. 1. India annuities to provide for a schoolmaster and the educating and apprenticing of twelve poor boys at Wootton. The last sum was bequeathed "agreeable to the late Mrs. Carey's wishes."

He was the author of two papers in The World, No. 38, in ridicule of an expensive taste in furniture, and No. 74, on the night life of London, with the "Ode to Night" which is reproduced in Dodsley. (Kirby, Winchester Scholars; Barnwell, Perrot Notes, p. 130; information from the Rev. Hastings Rashdall, of New College, the Rev. F. R. Marriott, of Wootton, and Mr. D. Edgar Rodwell, of 100, Philbeach Gardens, S.W.).