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Morgan, William (1545–1604)

James, E. Wyn 2022. Morgan, William (1545–1604). Louth, Andrew, ed. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. 4th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, (10.1093/acref/9780199642465.001.0001)

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Translator of the *Welsh Bible and bp. Almost all of the scholars involved in the translation of the Welsh Bible, which reached its final form in 1620, came from the Conwy and Clwyd valleys of N. Wales and their environs. It was an area that remained a bastion of traditional Welsh culture, but was at the same time very open to the religious, intellectual, and cultural movements of the day, both in Britain and continental Europe. This was not least because the area’s powerful gentry families, while continuing their traditional patronage of the Welsh bardic order, forged wide-ranging international connections. Morgan was in many ways an embodiment of that milieu. He was born at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant in the Parish of Penmachno (which is now owned by the National Trust), the son of a yeoman farmer who was a subtenant of the influential Wynn family of Gwydir Castle, near Llanrwst in the Conwy valley. Morgan was among a select number of pupils educated by the Wynn family’s chaplain, and probably through their influence he proceeded to St John’s College, Cambridge. He gained a thorough knowledge of the biblical languages there, and showed himself to be a Calvinist episcopalian. He gained four degrees from Cambridge, culminating in a doctorate in 1583. Ordained in 1568, he was appointed to a number of Welsh parishes before being inducted to the living of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in 1578.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1001 Celtic languages and literature
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780191744396
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2022 16:15

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