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PHILLIPS , MORGAN (d. 1570 ), Roman Catholic priest ;

b. in Monmouthshire . He matriculated at Oxford in 1533 and became so famous as a philosopher and disputant that he was called ‘ Morgan the Sophister .’ He was elected Fellow of Oriel College , 1538 , and was principal of S. Mary Hall 1546-50 . He became precentor of S. Davids cathedral in 1553 but, shortly after Elizabeth 's succession to the throne, fled to the Continent . In 1568 he was living at Douai with two other celebrated exiles, Dr. Owen Lewis (q.v.) and Dr. William Allen , and helped the latter to establish the famous college which trained Roman Catholic priests for the English mission field . He was an ardent supporter of Mary , Queen of Scots , and wrote the Defence of the Honour of Mary Queen of Scotland which was published at Douai in 1571 . He d. 18 Aug. 1570 .


  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses (1813–20) (ed. Bliss), i, 432-3;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852) ;
  • First Douay Diary and The Second Douay Diary , 3, 5;
  • W. Llewelyn Williams in The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1901-2 , 54-5.


Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 1959