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MORGAN , HECTOR DAVIES ( 1785 - 1850 ), cleric and theological writer ,

only son of Hector Davies and Sophia his wife; b. (in London ?) in 1785 . Upon his grandfather's death in 1800 he succeeded to the name and arms of Morgan , adopted by his grandfather on his (second) marriage with Christiana , niece and heiress of John Morgan of Cardigan ( 1686 - 1763? ). Educated at Trinity College , Oxford , he took his B.A. in 1806 and his M.A. in 1815 , and was for 37 years curate of Castle Hedingham , Essex . In 1846 he retired to Cardigan , and d. there on 23 Dec. 1850 .

Two theological essays of his (one of them on Baptism) gained for him a prize of £50 from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Church Union in the diocese of S. Davids ; and in 1826 he published a work on marriage and divorce, which is described as showing ‘ accurate and extensive reading and legal knowledge .’ He was Bampton lecturer in 1819 , and in 1820 was collated by bishop Burgess of S. Davids to the prebend of Trallwng in the collegiate church of Christ at Brecon .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • S. R. Meyrick , The History and Antiquities of the County of Cardigan (1808, 1907) , 112.


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959