Wroe, Richard


Dr Richard Wroe (1641–1718), who makes several appearances in the Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries, was the vicar of Garstang and warden of Manchester College. He was known as ‘silver-tongued’ Wroe for the quality of his sermons. He appears to have attempted to remain neutral in politics, steering a middle course between his Whig sponsor Lord Delamere and the Tory Kenyons, into which family he married. In addition to his clerical duties he also served as a Lancashire JP, a role in which he was not always popular, ‘Shepherd, attend to your flock and leave the huntsmen to look after the hounds’. [1]

[1] C.W. Sutton, ‘“Wroe, Richard (1641–1718),” Rev. Henry D. Rack’, in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. Lawrence Goldman, online (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/30080.