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MORGAN , Sir THOMAS ( c. 1542 - 1595 ; DWB , 652).

It is not correct that he did not return to England between 1574 and 1593 ; official records at the P.R.O. indicate that he and Roger Williams were recalled when the Armada threatened.


Corrections and additions:

MORGAN , Sir THOMAS ( c. 1542 - 1595 ), soldier ;

was a younger son of William Morgan of S. George's and Pen-carn, Glam. He was about 30 years of age in April 1572 when he was appointed captain of the first company of English volunteers sent to assist the Dutch in their revolt against Spain . Apart from a short period in Ireland in 1574 , Morgan spent most of the rest of his life in the Low Countries . He succeeded Sir Humphrey Gilbert as colonel of the regiment of English volunteers and acted as governor of Flushing and Bergen-op-Zoom . His principal services were to accustom English soldiers to the use of the musket and to train a school of officers , which included Sir Roger Williams (q.v.) , to carry on his work. Morgan returned to England in 1593 , and d. at New Fulham on 22 Dec. 1595 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Sir Roger Williams , The Actions of the Low Countries ;
  • Fortescue , A History of the British Army (London, New York, 1899-1930) .


Professor Samuel Henry Fergus Johnston, M.A., (1908-91), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001