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MORGAN , THOMAS ( 1769 - 1851 ), navy chaplain ;

b. 6 Dec. 1769 , son of Philip Morgan of Devynnock , Brecknock — see the article G. E. F. Morgan . He was at Christ College school under David Griffith ( 1726 - 1816 ) (q.v.) , and went to Wadham and Jesus , Oxford , graduating in 1790 ( D.D. 1824 ). He took orders, and after a breakdown in health became a chaplain in the royal navy . He was at the ‘First of June’ (1794) , in which he was wounded. In 1798 he was at Spithead when the mutiny broke out; his sympathies were with the men, and his influence upon them helped to restore order; in the same year ( 21 April ) he was in the battle off Ushant . He was chaplain and secretary to admiral Cotton from 1799 to 1807 , then chaplain in various naval hospitals , and finally (from 1817 ) chaplain of the dockyard at Portsmouth , where he d. 22 Nov. 1851 . He held livings as well: the perpetual curacy of Talley and Llansadwrn, Carms. , the rectory of Llanfaches, Mon. (to which he gave communionplate), and the vicariate of King's Langley, Herts. On the death of his only son ( 1844 ), he sold his estates in Brecknock .

Sources:

  • Theophilus Jones , History of the County of Brecknock , 3rd ed., iv, 138-40;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959