John Morgan (bishop)

John Morgan (6 June 1886 – 26 June 1957) was a Welsh Anglican bishop. He served as Bishop of Swansea and Brecon (1934 to 1939), as Bishop of Llandaff (1939 to 1957), and then also as Archbishop of Wales (1949 to 1957).

John Morgan
Archbishop of Wales
ChurchChurch in Wales
DioceseDiocese of Llandaff
In office1949 to 1957
Other postsBishop of Llandaff (1939–1957)
Bishop of Swansea and Brecon (1934–1939)
Personal details
Born(1886-06-06)6 June 1886
Died26 June 1957(1957-06-26) (aged 71)

Early life and educationEdit

Morgan was born on 6 June 1886 in Llandudno, Wales.[1][2] He spent some of his early education at The Cathedral School, Llandaff. He studied at Hertford College, Oxford, and trained for Holy Orders at Cuddesdon College, an Anglo-Catholic theological college near Oxford, England.[2]

Ordained ministryEdit

Before being ordained as bishop he had been Vicar of Llanbeblig and Caernarfon. Firmly attached to the policies of Charles Green as Archbishop of Wales,[clarification needed] he was a meticulous upholder of Anglo-Catholic principles.[citation needed] He witnessed the bombing of Llandaff Cathedral in January 1941 and presided over its earlier reconstruction, one of his last engagements being its rededication on 10 April 1957.

He was consecrated a bishop on 22 May 1934, by Alfred Edwards, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of St Asaph, at St Asaph Cathedral.[3] He then served as Bishop of Swansea and Brecon and ex-officio Dean of Brecon (1934–1939) and subsequently as Bishop of Llandaff (1939–1957), in which post he was also enthroned on 21 September 1949 as Archbishop of Wales (1949–1957).[1][4]

Personal lifeEdit

Morgan was unmarried. He died on 26 June 1957.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Welsh Biography Online - John Morgan". National Library of Wales. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
  2. ^ a b c 'MORGAN, Most Rev. John', Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014; online edn, April 2014 accessed 29 May 2017
  3. ^ "New Welsh bishop consecrated". Church Times (#3722). 25 May 1934. p. 629. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 26 June 2018 – via UK Press Online archives.
  4. ^ "Obituary: Dr. John Morgan, Archbishop Of Wales". The Times (53878). London. 1957-06-27. p. 15.
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Edward Bevan
Bishop of Swansea and Brecon
Succeeded by
Edward Williamson
Preceded by
Timothy Rees
Bishop of Llandaff
Succeeded by
Glyn Simon
Preceded by
David Prosser
Archbishop of Wales
Succeeded by
Edwin Morris