MORGAN, EDWARD (1817 - 1871), Calvinistic Methodist minister

Name: Edward Morgan
Date of birth: 1817
Date of death: 1871
Gender: Male
Occupation: Calvinistic Methodist minister
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Edward Morgan Humphreys

Born at Cwmbelan hamlet, near Llanidloes, 20 September 1817, son of Edward Morgan, farmer and cloth manufacturer. After some time as an assistant in drapers' shops at Llanidloes he entered Bala C.M. College in 1839. In January 1840 he went to Dyffryn Ardudwy as master of the British School; in 1841 he began to preach, returning to Bala in 1842. From 1843 to 1845 he was again schoolmaster at Dyffryn, and in the latter year he became a student at Edinburgh University and the New College there. He was ordained in 1847 and became pastor of the church at Dolgelley.

On 19 July 1849 he married Jennette Griffith Humphreys, daughter of Richard Humphreys, Dyffryn, and went to live at Dyffryn, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was already a popular preacher and soon became a leader in his Connexion and a foremost advocate of fixed pastorates and of the education of the ministry. In 1856 he was appointed to superintend the collection of a fund for the Bala Methodist College, and by 1870, largely by his personal efforts, a sum of about £30,000 was realised. He was an early contributor to the Traethodydd, and from 1854 to 1856 he edited Y Methodist. He also contributed some articles to Y Gwyddoniadur. He was moderator of the North Wales Calvinistic Methodist Association in 1865, and of the general assembly in 1870. He died 9 May 1871. Two volumes of his sermons, edited by Dr. Owen Thomas, were published (1876 and 1882). His widow died 27 June 1888. Their eldest son was Richard Humphreys Morgan.


Published date: 1959

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