"Methuselah lived nine hundred years, and ‘Old Parr’ one hundred and sixty-nine"
Old Tom Parr
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 Methuselah is a biblical figure, grandfather of Noah and son of Enoch, and the oldest person whose age is recorded in the Hebrew Bible:

And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.(Genesis, 5:27)


Thomas Parr was a man reportedly born near Shrewsbury in 1483 who died in 1635. He is buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey.