Hatchment 9

Hatchment 9: Revd Augustus Morgan
2nd September 1800 – 5th September 1875
Died aged 75

Reverend Charles Augustus Samuel Morgan was the third son of Lt.-Col. Sir Charles Morgan, 2nd Baronet and Mary Margaret Stoney. At the age of 14, he served in the Royal Navy as a midshipman and then aged 19 left the navy to attend Christ Church, Oxford, graduating with an M.A. in 1827. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1825 and Priest in 1826.  In August 1830, Augustus became an honorary Chaplain in Ordinary to King William IV; this impressive-sounding position did not require him to carry out any formal duties apart from preaching once a year in the Chapel Royal. This was a role he also fulfilled to Queen  Victoria and was Chancellor of Llandaff Cathedral.10 He became Curate here in Machen in 1828 and Rector in 1831, a living he held for another 42 years. He built Machen House which adjoins the churchyard as his Rectory and laid out the gardens between 1831 and 1835. Today Machen House is listed Grade ll* and the gardens are listed Grade ll on the CADW Register of Parks and Gardens in Wales. Machen House and gardens are privately owned and are not open to the public.  He established the Church School in the building opposite the church, which is now a private dwelling. He had the foresight to compile the parish censuses for 1839, 1844 & 1853, the latter listing all the children in the school and the occupations of their fathers, adding valuable details to the history of Machen. The construction of our daughter Church, St John the Baptist, in Machen (1.5 miles away) is largely due to the Revd. Morgan. He married Frances Lascelles, daughter of Rowley Lascelles, on 20 April 1837. They had no children. Augustus and Frances are buried at St Basil’s Church, Bassaleg: there are fine memorials to them here in the Morgan Chapel. 

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Inscription on FrameRevd. Augustus Morgan died. 1875
BackgroundAll black background
The Arms are a quartering of 4 Impaled with the arms of the Lascelles family1. & 4. Morgan 2. & 3. Gould
Sable a cross potance within a bordure or – A gold cross with each arm having 3-pointed ends on a black background with a gold border  
CrestA reindeer’s head or attired gules – A gold reindeer’s head above a human head draped in red
Mantling1Gules and argent (silver & red drapery)