Hatchment 3: Col. Thomas Morgan M.P.
8th June 1727 – 15th May 1771
Died aged 43
Thomas Morgan, was the eldest son of General Thomas Morgan and Jane Morgan (nee Colchester). He was a Colonel in the Monmouthshire militia and politician like so many of his family. He represented Brecon in the House of Commons from 1754 until 1763. That year, he accepted the ”Stewardship of the Manor of Old Shoreham”. This improbably named appointment is a legal fiction acting to release MPs from their seats because technically they were not permitted to resign from Parliament. In taking this appointment Thomas became an officer of the crown which automatically disqualified him from being a Member of Parliament. 12 His release from the Brecon seat enabled him to succeed his late cousin, Sir William Morgan as MP for Monmouthshire, a safe seat for the Morgans. He then represented the county from 1763 until he died in 1771. He was briefly Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire and Monmouthshire, succeeding his father on 27th January 1770. The post mortem which followed his death at the comparatively young age of 43 found that he died from liver disease.10 Thomas never married and left his estates (Rhiwperra Castle and Tredegar House) to Charles Morgan, his younger brother. Thomas is buried in the Morgan Chapel.
|Inscription on Frame||Col. Thomas Morgan M.P. of Tredegar. died 1774 (sic) aged 44 (sic)|
|Background||All black background|
|The Arms are a quartering of 6||1. & 6. Morgan 2. Meredith ap Bleddyn 3. Bleddri ap Cadifor Fawr 4. Llwch Llawen Fawr 5. Colchester|
|Crest||A buck’s head or – A male deer’s head in gold|
|Mantling1||Gules and argent – Red & silver|
|Motto||In Coelo Quies – Resting in heaven|
|Other Details||Skull and crossbones in base|