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MORRIS , RUPERT HUGH ( 1843 - 1918 ), cleric and antiquary ;

b. at Holywell 16 March 1843 , second son of William Morris ( 1812 - 1886 ) (q.v.) . From Ruthin Grammar School he went in April 1861 to Jesus College , Oxford , graduating with classical honours in 1865 ( D.D. 1884 ). After four years on the staff of Rossall (he was ordained in 1867 ), he was principal of Carmarthen Training College from 1869 till 1876 ; in 1873 he received a canonry at S. Davids , which he retained for the rest of his life. From 1876 till 1884 he was headmaster of Godolphin School , Hammersmith , and a vicar in London from 1878 till 1882 ; but in 1884 he removed to Eccleston to be chaplain and librarian to the duke of Westminster . He did good historical work during his ten years there — his Chester during the Plantagenet and Tudor Reigns ( 1894 ), and his history of the diocese of Chester ( 1895 ) may be specified. In 1894 the duke presented him to the living of S. Gabriel's , Pimlico ; he d. there 2 Jan. 1918 . He was a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association from 1890 , and editor of Arch. Camb. , to which he contributed good articles, from 1907 till 1918 . For that Society, too, he edited ( 1909-11 ) Edward Lhuyd 's Parochialia , but his knowledge of Welsh was not quite adequate for this task.

Sources:

  • Obituary notice (probably by John Fisher , q.v. ) in Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1918 , 178-80;
  • 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