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MORGAN , RICHARD ( 1743 - 1805 ) Independent minister ;

b. in 1743 at Ystrad-isaf , Ystradgynlais , Brecknock — his parents were members of Cwmllynfell congregation. As apprentice to a wood-turner , he joined the church at Tŷnewydd in the Swansea valley . He began to preach , and went to the school kept by Joseph Simmons (q.v.) , and thence to Abergavenny Academy ( 1765 ). On 28 Sept. 1769 he was ordained pastor of Henllan Amgoed, Carms. , and its branches, and d. there 10 Feb. 1805 , aged 62. He was a diligent, even an excessive, reader, reading the Bible in the original languages daily; in theology he was an uncompromising Calvinist , [and would have no truck with the ‘reasonableness’ of his fellow- Independent John Roberts ( 1767 - 1834 ) (q.v.) of Llanbryn-mair . With Morgan Jones ( 1768 - 1835 ) (q.v.) of Tre-lech , he conducted energetic missions in the English parts of Pembrokeshire — with the full concurrence of John Williams ( 1762 - 1802 ) (q.v.) , the Evangelical vicar of Begelly ].

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 343-4, 362-3;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • A History of Carmarthenshire , ii, 234, 251.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959