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MORGAN , JOHN ( 1743 - 1801 ), cleric ,

b. in Cardiganshire , and educated at Ystrad Meurig , was curate of Gwnnws and Lledrod, Cards. , for a period which ended in Dec. 1771 . In 1772 he succeeded Evan Evans ( 1731 - 1789 ) (q.v.) as curate of Llanberis (the rector of Llan-rug and Llanberis , Peter Bailey Williams (q.v.) resided at Llan-rug ); his stipend was £24; he lived at Tŷ-isa , and kept a school at which David Thomas , Dafydd Ddu Eryri ( 1759 - 1822 ) (q.v.) was a pupil in 1774 . Morgan became so celebrated as a preacher that people flocked to hear him from remote parts. When David Mathias (q.v.) , the Moravian missioner , came to Nantlle , a friendship sprang up between him and Morgan , who was greatly influenced by his teachings; correspondence between the two men continued after Mathias 's departure, and Morgan welcomed Mathias 's return to Caernarvon in 1788 . It is clear that Morgan (though perhaps not in a strictly official sense) was now a Moravian , for the monthly Moravian society met at his house once in every three months. In 1793 , however, the two men fell out, and Mathias left North Wales for good. When the Moravian , Christian Ignatius La Trobe , visited Wales in 1795 he called on John Morgan , noted his dire poverty, and obtained an annuity of £16 for him from London . Morgan d. in 1801 -he was buried on 30 March , ‘aged 58.’ He was twice m. He printed two of his sermons: Udgorn Gras , etc., published at Shrewsbury , 1773 (a sermon upon the earthquake of 22 April 1773 ), and Y Testamentwr , published by David Jones at Trefriw , 1783 .

Sources:

  • Henry Hughes , in Cymru (O.M.E.) , xii, 297-301;
  • for Morgan's connections with Moravianism, see Y Cymmrodor , xlv.

Author:

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

Corrections and additions:

MORGAN , JOHN ( 1743 - 1801 ; DWB , 648).

A list of priests in the Bangor diocese ( 1778 ) notes Morgan , curate of Llanberis , as being aged 38. He may, therefore, have been born in 1740 . NLW Cwrtmawr MS. 56B has the name ‘ John Morgan , Gorsvawr , Lledrod ’, perhaps indicating his birthplace. (Info. from G. T. Roberts ).

Author:

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

Published date: 1959