Sir Rear Admiral William Parry FRS
(1790-1855)

Died aged c. 65

For the later admiral (1893–1972), see Edward Parry (Royal Navy officer); for the New Zealand politician see William Parry (politician); for more persons with this name see William Parry Rear Admiral Sir William Edward Parry, RN, FRS (19 December 1790 – 8 or 9 July 1855) was an English rear-admiral and Arctic explorer. His 1819 voyage through the Parry Channel was probably the most successful in the long quest for the Northwest Passage. In 1827 he attempted one of the earliest expeditions to the North Pole. He reached 82°45′ North latitude, setting the record for human exploration farthest North that stood for nearly five decades before being surpassed at 83°20′26″ by Albert Hastings Markham in 1875–1876.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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Here lived Dr Caleb Hillier Parry B.1755 D. 1822. and his son Admiral Sir W. E. Parry B.1790 D.1855

27 The Circus, Bath, United Kingdom where they lived

Here lived Admiral, Sir W. E. Parry B. 1790 D. 1855

Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom where they lived