Sparrow, Anthony a learned English prelate, was born at Depden, in Suffolk, and was first a scholar and then a fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge. He, with others, was ejected from his fellowship in 1643 for loyalty and refusing the covenant. Soon afterwards he accepted the rectory of Hawkedon, Suffolk, but, before he had held it above five weeks, was ejected for reading the Common Prayer. After the Restoration he returned to his living, was elected one of the preachers at Bury St. Edmund's, and was made archdeacon of Sudbury and a prebendary of Ely. About 1664 he was elected master of Queen's College, and resigned Bury St. Edmund's and the Hawkedon rectory. He was consecrated bishop of Exeter, Nov. 3, 1667, and bishop of Norwich in 1678. He died in May 1685. He wrote, Rationale of the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England
(Lond. 1657, 12mo): — also a Collection of Articles, Injunctions, Canons, Orders, etc. (1671, 4to). See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.