MORGAN, JOHN RHYS (Lleurwg; 1822 - 1900), Baptist minister, lecturer, poet, and littérateur

Name: John Rhys Morgan
Pseudonym: Lleurwg
Date of birth: 1822
Date of death: 1900
Spouse: Maria Morgan (née Jones)
Spouse: Martha Morgan (née Roberts)
Parent: Mary Morgan (née Edmunds)
Parent: Rees Morgan
Gender: Male
Occupation: Baptist minister, lecturer, poet, and littérateur
Area of activity: Education; Literature and Writing; Poetry; Religion
Author: Benjamin George Owens

Born 3 August 1822 (but 7 or 17 August according to some sources), at Maes-y-felin, Lisvane, near Cardiff; sixth of twelve children born to Rees Morgan (born 1792) and Mary Edmunds (born 1790) of Maes-y-felin and afterwards of Maes-y-crochan, S. Mellons, his mother being an aunt of Thomas Davies, principal of Haverfordwest Baptist College (1812 - 1895). He received his early education at Lisvane and Caerphilly, and after having been baptized in the period 1840-1 (by whom, it is not certain), he entered Pontypool Baptist College in 1842 and was ordained in 1846 at Bangor. In 1848 he moved to Aberavon, where his talents began to show distinct signs of development, and finally to Zion, Llanelly, in 1855 where he remained till his death, 14 March, 1900. He was buried in the public cemetery at Llanelly.

Lleurwg was a man of versatility who became prominent in the religious, cultural, and public life of his time. The church at Zion, Llanelly, so increased during his pastorate that many branches were formed, e.g., at Greenfield (English, 1858), Moriah (1872), and Calfaria (1881), and he himself was elected president of the Baptist Union of Wales in 1878. He was a well-known preacher and an eloquent speaker on the Liberal platform, but is probably best remembered for his popular lectures, of which at least thirty subjects have been recorded. In addition, he was an eisteddfod adjudicator, co-editor of Y Medelwr Ieuanc, which was first published in 1871, and editor of the poetry section of Seren Cymru from 1860 to 1877, and Seren Gomer in the early 1860's, but owing to his multiplicity of interests he received very few opportunities of exercising his poetical gift. Much of his work was published, e.g., Llawlyfr y Beibl, 1860, a translation of Joseph Angus, Bible Hand-book, 1854; a handbook for church members under the title of Deddfau Ty Dduw, 1863; Cofiant y Parch. R. D. Roberts, Llwynhendy , 1893; lectures, sermons, and poetry, particularly in Seren Gomer from the 50's onwards; and contributions to John Jones (Mathetes), Geiriadur Beiblaidd, 1864-83.

He married (1), c. 1846, Maria Jones, S. Mellons, who died at Caerphilly 11 November 1847, aged 28, as the result of an accident at Bangor; and (2), Martha Roberts, daughter of David Roberts, Aberavan, 26 December 1849, at Neath. Twelve children were born of the second marriage.


Published date: 1959

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