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MORGAN , WILLIAM ( 1801 - 1872 ), Baptist minister ;

b. early in 1801 near Newport, Pembs. He was originally an Independent but, about 1818 , when he was working for W. Griffiths , minister of Tabor , Dinas Cross , he joined the Baptists and began to preach . He went to the Blaen-y-waun district to learn boot-making but when the church there discovered his talent it sent him for a year to the school kept by William Owen ( 1789 - 1841 ) (q.v.) at Cardigan . He then spent two years at Abergavenny College . Towards the end of 1824 he received a call to Holyhead and was ordained 18 April 1825 — the first Baptist to be ordained in Anglesey ; there, he was unequalled except by Christmas Evans . He was, says Robert Jones ( 1806 - 1896 ) (q.v.) of Llanllyfni , as able as John Elias , but not as lucid. He joined issue with other able men in Y Bedyddiwr , wrote an elegy, and a Cofiant in memory of Robert Williams of Ruthin , and published Cofiant a Gweithiau Christmas Evans , the profits of which he made over to Evans 's widow. His masterpiece, however, was Cysondeb y Ffydd (672 pages). He d. of a stroke , 15 Sept. 1872 .


  • W. Price , Cofiant y diweddar Barch. W. Morgan, D. D., Caergybi (Llanerchymedd, 1888) ;
  • T. Richards , Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1937 .


Reverend William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959