Parsons, Philip a noted English divine, was born at Dedham, Essex, in 1729. He was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Having taken orders, he was appointed to the Free School of Oakham, Rutlandshire. In 1761 he was presented to the school and curacy of Wye, became rector of Eastwell in 1767, and of Snave in 1776. He died in 1812. Parsons published Dialogues of the Dead with the Living (Anon.) (Lond. 1779, 8vo): — Six Letters to a Friend on the Establishment of Sunday-schools (ibid. 1786, 12mo). See Darling, Cyclop. Bibliog. ii, s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, 2, s.v.; (Lond,) Gentleman's Magazine, vol. 82.