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MORGAN , JOHN ( 1662 - 1701 ), cleric and author .

Born 1662 ; a native of Merioneth . Ordained deacon in 1684 , and priest in 1685 , he was curate of Llanllechid and Aber, Caerns. , from 1685 till 1693(?) . He then studied at Oxford , probably till 1697 , when he became vicar of Aberconwy ( Conway ). He is not to be confused with John Morgan , vicar of Matchin ( 1688? - 1734? ), his contemporary . At Conway he wrote his Bloeddnad Ofnadwy yr Utcorn Diweddaf — published (posthumously) in 1704 . A copy of this essay and a similar prose work called Ystyriaethau ar y Chwe peth diwethaf , together with a number of his poems — all in his own handwriting — are found in a kind of C.P.B. called ‘ Llyfr John Morgan ’, now in the library, U.C.N.W. ( Bangor MS. 421 ). His prose is of high quality, but his poetry lacks distinction. He died 14 Sept. 1701 .

Sources:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • J. C. Morrice , Wales in the Seventeenth Century its literature and men of letters and action , Bangor, 1918 ;
  • A. Ivor Pryce , Diocese of Bangor During Three Centuries, seventeenth to nineteenth century inclusive being a digest of the registers of the bishops , 1929 ;
  • Conway Parish Register (ed. Alice Hadley );
  • J. T. Jones in Y Llenor , xvii.

Author:

John Thomas Jones, M.A., (1894-1975), Porthmadog

Published date: 1959