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William Morgan (of Tredegar, elder)

Sir William Morgan, KB (8 March 1700 – 24 April 1731) was a Welsh Whig politician of the early 18th century.


William Morgan
Born(1700-03-08)8 March 1700
Died24 April 1731(1731-04-24) (aged 31)
ChildrenWilliam Morgan (of Tredegar, younger)
John Morgan (of Dderw)
Ballad of Sir William Morgan 'On Losing his Star of the Order of the Bath'; 1727.
Tredegar House

Morgan was the eldest son of Sir John Morgan, a Whig of great political influence in Brecknockshire and Monmouthshire. He inherited the Tredegar Estate from his father in 1720, and in 1722, entered the House of Commons, being returned for both Brecon and Monmouthshire and choosing to sit for the latter. He was also, like his father, appointed Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire and Lord Lieutenant and custos of Monmouthshire in 1720, and also became custos of Brecknockshire in 1723.[1]

Morgan was one of the Founder Knights of the Order of the Bath upon its revival in 1725. Around 1724, he married Lady Rachel Cavendish (d. 1780), the daughter of William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire. He was appointed Steward of the King's Lordship of Penkelly, and died at Tredegar in 1731. He left his Tredegar estate to his eldest son William. He was known for his courtesy and benevolence[1] and his extravagant manner of living.[2]


  1. ^ a b Williams, William Retlaw (1895). The Parliamentary History of Wales. p. 129. Retrieved 17 October 2007.
  2. ^ "Morgan Family History". Retrieved 17 October 2007.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Roger Jones
Member of Parliament for Brecon
Succeeded by
Thomas Morgan
Preceded by
Thomas Lewis
John Hanbury
Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire
With: John Hanbury
Succeeded by
John Hanbury
Lord Charles Somerset
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John Morgan
Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire and Monmouthshire
Succeeded by
Thomas Morgan
Preceded by
The Lord Ashburnham
Custos Rotulorum of Brecknockshire