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OWEN , MORGAN ( 1585? - 1645 ), bishop ;

b. at Myddfai c. 1585 , third son of the Rev. Owen Rees , of Y Lasallt , Myddfai, Carms. — he is described as a descendant of the ‘ physicians of Myddfai .’ He was educated at the grammar school at Carmarthen and Jesus College , Oxford , subsequently becoming chaplain of New College and graduating B.A. in 1613 . He became chaplain to bishop William Laud of S. Davids and held a number of ecclesiastical appointments in that diocese; in 1636 he was made D.D. of the University of Oxford . He enclosed the south yard of S. Mary's church , Oxford , and built a porch there in 1637 . He was elected bishop of Llandaff in March 1639/40 , holding the rectories of Bedwas and Rudry ‘in commendam.’ In 1641 he was impeached for promulgating the canons of 1640 and imprisoned in the Tower , and again in the following year. Subsequently he returned to Wales and, after losing his palace at Mathern and his revenues, retired to Y Lasallt , where he d. on 5 March 1645 . He was buried on the north side of the altar in Myddfai church, and there is a memorial slab to him there.

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959