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MORRIS , MORRIS ap RHISIART , or MORRIS PRICHARD ( 1674 - 1763 ),

of Tyddyn Melus in Llanfihangel-tre'r-beirdd , husband of Margaret Owen ( 1671 - 1752 ) of Bodafon-y-glyn , a neighbouring farm, and father of the Morris brothers Lewis , Richard , William , and John Morris (‘ Morrisiaid Môn ’; see under their names). He was b. at Tyddyn Melus in 1674 and m. in June 1699 . After the birth of his eldest son Lewis on 2 March 1701 , he went to live to Fferem ; from there in 1707 , he moved to Pentrerianell where he continued his work as a cooper in addition to that of farming . He suffered from frequent ailments throughout his life. On his wife's death his grand-daughter Margaret and her husband went to live with him and assisted in the cultivation of his farm. They succeeded in getting him to leave Pentrerianell in 1761 , when he went to live in a room in Llannerch-y-medd where he d. 25 Nov. 1763 ; he was buried three days later in Llanfihangel-tre'r-beirdd churchyard. At all times he actively identified himself with the intellectual interests of his sons.

Sources:

  • The Letters of Lewis, Richard, William, and John Morris, of Anglesey, (Morrisiaid Môn) 1728-1765 , 1907–9 (ed. J. H. Davies , and Indexes by Hugh Owen );
  • Additional Letters of the Morrises of Anglesey (1735-86). Y Cymmrodor , xlix, 1947-9 (ed. Hugh Owen , = Y Cymmrodor , xlix).

Author:

Hugh Owen, M.A., F.S.A., (1880-1953), Llanfair-pwll, Anglesey

Published date: 1959