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July 30 – Writer and diarist Robert Parry

On this day in Tudor history, 30th July 1563, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, writer and diarist Robert Parry was born at Tywysog in Denbighshire, North Wales.

Parry's diary is a wonderful source for national events, as well as local events and family information. It is leather-bound and is decorated with gold letters R and P with a lion rampant. It opens with an entry about Parry’s birth and finishes in 1612.

Parry's works include a 1597 volume of poems and the 1595 "Moderatus: the most Delectable and Famous Historie of the Black Knight", a prose novel dedicated to his employer Sir Henry Townshend, who was second justice of the North Wales and Chester Circuit.

Parry and his wife were listed as Catholic recusants early in James I's reign and were fined. Parry died in 1613.

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July 30 – Writer and diarist Robert Parry