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MORGAN , WILLIAM ( 1818 - 1884 ), Congregational minister and college tutor ;

b. 1818 at Henllan Amgoed, Carms. , a member of a well-to-do family which was prominent in the local Congregational church . He received the best education that was available in the neighbourhood. He was apprenticed to a draper and served as such in Haverfordwest , Carmarthen , and London ; when he was in London he became associated with some reforming societies. He returned to Wales , began to preach , went to Ffrwd-y-fâl school for a year, and then to Hackney College , London , for a short period. From Hackney he went to the University of Glasgow to read for a degree. His health broke down and he spent some time travelling in Germany and Switzerland . He returned to Wales and decided to become a minister . He was ordained in the Union Street church , Carmarthen , 27 April 1847 . He had charge of Blaen-y-coed church for a time. Afterwards he was invited to become minister of the English Congregational church at Carmarthen . On 1 Jan. 1863 he became tutor in divinity at Carmarthen Presbyterian College . He joined the Liberation Society when he was still young and remained a staunch supporter of it throughout his life. He became one of the most enlightened leaders of his period in movements for promoting education, equality, and religious and political freedom . He d. 25 April 1884 .

Sources:

  • The Congregational Year Book ;
  • Y Dysgedydd , 1884 ;
  • Y Diwygiwr , 1884 ;
  • Y Tyst a'r Dydd (Dolgellau, Merthyr Tydfil, 1871-1891) , 6 May 1884 ;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , v, 327-8.

Author:

Reverend John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959