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MORGAN , GWENLLIAN ELIZABETH FANNY ( 1852 - 1939 ), antiquary ;

b. at Devynnock 9 April 1852 , daughter of Philip Morgan (family pedigree in Theophilus Jones , Hist. Brecknock , 3rd ed., iv, 134-6 — and see the article on Thomas Morgan , 1769 - 1851 , below), who was perpetual curate of Pen-pont ( 1841-64 ) and of Battle , near Brecon ( 1859-64 ), and afterwards, from 1864 till his death in 1868 , rector of Llanhamlach . ‘ Miss Philip Morgan ,’ as she was always called, settled down at Brecon in 1868 , and became very prominent in the public life of her town and its neighbourhood , especially in matters educational; she was the first woman in Wales to serve on a borough council , and to become ( 1910-11 ) mayor . But she also showed a marked interest in the history of her county . She was a frequent contributor to the antiquarian journals edited by W. R. Williams of Tal-y-bont on Usk , and wrote the biography included in the volume Theophilus Jones, Historian . Her major interest, however, was in the poet Henry Vaughan (q.v.) . She discovered many facts concerning his early life, and when, in 1895 , she met the American Louise Imogen Gurney ( 1861 - 1920 ), another ‘specialist’ on Vaughan , they agreed to bring out an edition of the poet 's works, with biographical and historical notes. The project was announced as early as 1896 , but the two friends d. without realizing it. Their large collections, however, were handed over to the late Dr. F. E. Hutchinson , who used them for his standard book Henry Vaughan ( 1947 ). The University of Wales conferred an honorary M.A. degree upon Miss Morgan in 1925 . She d. at Brecon , 7 Nov. 1939 .

Sources:

  • F. E. Hutchinson 's preface to his book;
  • personal acquaintance.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959