Bray, Vicar of

(seventeenth century)
   Legendary Parson.
   The vicar of Bray is the hero of a well-known English folk song. It describes how the good vicar kept his benefice through all the religious twists and turns of the seventeenth century – the chorus reading, ‘For whatsoever king may reign,/I’ll STILL be the vicar of Bray, Sir!’ It has proved impossible to identify this worthy cleric with any certainty.

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