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MORRIS , EDWARD ROWLEY ( 1828 - 1893 ), antiquary ;

b. 22 April 1828 at New Hall , Kerry, Mont. , son of Edward Rowley Morris . He was educated with a view to holy orders, but in 1851 he went to America . Returning, he joined his father's wool business at Newtown , but later was a coal and lime merchant at Welshpool , becoming prominent in the public life of that town. But his interests became increasingly antiquarian , and in 1881 he removed to London to be within reach of the record-collections. He d. in London , 24 July 1893 , but was buried at Newtown . He was one of the earliest members of the ‘ Powysland Club ,’ and contributed many important articles to Mont. Coll. , Bye-Gones , and similar journals. In the opinion of his fellow- antiquary Richard Williams ( 1835 - 1906 , q.v.) , his knowledge of Montgomeryshire history was ‘ perfectly unique .’

Sources:

  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) ;
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1893 , 363-4.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959