Books by Leonid Morgan

The distinguished historian and genealogist Leonid Morgan (1927 – 2010) was descended from Morgan ap Morgan (1776 – 1823), son of Morgan ap Thomas (or Morgan Thomas) y Garth and Elizabeth Portrey of Ynys Cedwyn Hall. He was the uncle of Carole and Mary Hopkin. Stuart Davies and I are descended from Dafydd ap Morgan (1771 / 78 – 1869) or David Morgan. Stuart is descended from his son Morgan Morgan of Craig y Nos, the industrialist, and I am descended from William Morgan. The Garth line (attached) was first worked out by Leonid Morgan, and I was made aware of it some years ago by Stuart Davies. Y Garth means a cliff or hill, and can also mean enclosed land. It is mentioned in the Ynys Cedwyn Estate papers D / Dyc, a conveyance of 28th July 1564 to John ap Morgan ap Richard Aubrey of Gwern yr Efail (the forge near the alder trees), between Tir y Garth and Gwaun yr Afon (heath near the river) The word “afon” is wrongly written as “afar”. The sources are as follows:

1) Leonid Morgan, “Ystradgynlais Parish Powys: Names and Families” volume one, National Library of Wales ex 1759 1997116 (1513 – 1813), and Ystradgynlais Public Library.
2) ibid, volume two, National Library of Wales, Immediate source A 1996 / 152 (up to 1900).
3) These volumes are also in Ystradgynlais Public Library.
4) A large roll deposited by Leonid Morgan in West Glamorgan Archives, Council Offices, Swansea.


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