[taken from Chapter 1 Manx Worthies, A.W.Moore, 1901]

WILLIAM DRURY (b. 1808, d. 1887),

Vicar of Braddan. No account of him can be given, owing to his eldest son, the Rev. William Drury, Vicar of Burton on Trent, placing his veto upon it.

Fortunately this is of small consequence, as the memory of this excellent Manxman will remain in the hearts of his countrymen without assistance from any pen.

Parson Drury
Parson Drury (ex Manx Yarns)

Born 4 June 1808 at Port Erin, son of Thomas Drury (from Derbyshire) and Mary Oates.

Deacon 1832, Priest 1833 (by Bishop Ward); Chaplain St Johns Oct 1833-Oct 1834, Chaplain Andreas 1834-41, Chaplain St Judes Nov 1841-1847, then Vicar of Braddan from 1 April 1847 until death 19 Sep 1887.

Married Jane Wortly (from Ridlington, Rutlandshire) - two sons W.F. Drury, T.W. Drury (later Bishop of Sodor and Man) and a daughter who died in infancy.

Well known evangelical, William Drury is probably best remembered for his opposition to Bishop Powys over the status of St Thomas's Church, Douglas. Also spoke Manx well and often preached in it.


J. Gelling A History of the Manx Church Douglas:Manx National Heritage 1998



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