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MORGAN , THOMAS OWEN ( 1799 - 1878 ), barrister-at-law and author ;

b. 1799 , son of Thomas Morgan , gentleman . He was admitted barrister-at-law (as of Lincoln's Inn ) but he does not appear to have practised. He was joint-secretary , with Morris Charles Jones (q.v.) , of the Powysland Club when that society was formed in 1867 . He was also a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association and contributed articles to Arch. Camb. — in 1851 , 1854 , 1856 , 1867 , one of the two 1867 articles being entitled ‘ History of the Lordship of Cyfeiliog .’ He is best known as the author of A New Guide to Aberystwyth , 1848 (with other editions in 1851 , 1859 , 1867 , 1869 , 1870 ) and A New Guide to Aberdovey … Towyn, Machynlleth ( 1854 , 1863 ), and The Aberdovey Guide ( 1863 ). He is probably the author of A Chronological Summary of the Chief Events in the History of the Castle of Aberystwyth which went to several editions. He had previously published Flora Cereticae Superioris: a Catalogue of plants indigenous in the neighbourhood of Aberystwyth ( 1849 ). He was elected mayor of Aberystwyth in 1862 and again in 1863 ; he was also a deputy-lieutenant for Cardiganshire . He d., at the age of 79, 5 Dec. 1878 , at his residence at Goginan , outside Aberystwyth .

Sources:

  • G. Eyre Evans , Aberystwyth and its Court Leet , Aberystwyth, 1902 , 1902 (contains a portrait of T. O. Morgan);
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1878 , 143.

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959