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MORGAN , RICHARD WILLIAMS ( Môr Meirion , c. 1815 - c. 1889 ), cleric and author ;

b. at Llangynfelyn, Cards. , about 1815 , the nephew of John Williams , archdeacon of Cardigan (q.v.) . He was educated at S. Davids College , Lampeter . He was curate of Mochdre, Mont. , from 1842-53 and in 1842 he was appointed perpetual curate of Tregynon, Mont. , which he held until 1862 , after which he held livings in England . He was a leading figure at eisteddfodau and ‘ Gorsedd y Beirdd .’ He was the author of the following books: Maynooth and St. Asaph , 1848 ; Verities of the Church , 1849 ; Ida de Galis. A Tragedy of Powys Castle , 1851 ; Vindication of the Church of England: in reply to Viscount Fielding , 1851 ; Raymonde de Monthault, The Lord Marcher , 1853 ; Christianity and Modern Infidelity , 1854 , reprinted New York , 1859 ; Scheme for the Reconstruction of the Church Episcopate and its patronage to Wales , 1855 ; North Wales or Venedotia , 1856 ; The British Kymry or Britons of Cambria , 1857 , translated into Welsh by the Rev. John Williams ( Ab Ithel ) (q.v.) as Hanes yr Hen Gymry, eu Defodau a'u Sefydliadau , 1858 , and reprinted New York , 1860 ; Amddiffyniad yr Iaith Gymraeg , 1858 ; St. Paul in Britain or the Origin of the British as opposed to Papal Christianity , a 2nd ed., 1880 ; Correspondence and statements of facts connected with the case of Morgan and the Bishop of St. Asaph . There is a suggestion in N.L.W. MS. 9267 (200) that he d. in 1876 , but according to Crockford 's Clerical Directory , 1889 , he was a curate in Huntingtonshire until 1888 .

Sources:

  • NLW MS 9267 (200);
  • Daniel Williams , Short Sketches of the Eminent Men of Cardiganshire (1770) , 20;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) ;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) (1908) , 235.

Author:

Nansi Ceridwen Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959