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The 2nd Viscount

Evan Frederic Morgan, 2nd Viscount Tredegar  FRSL FRSA FZS (13 July 1893 – 27 April 1949) was a Welsh poet and author. On 3 March 1934, he succeeded to the title of 6th Baronet Morgan, 4th Baron Tredegar, and 2nd Viscount Tredegar, after the death of his father.

Life[edit | edit source]

He was the son of Courtenay Morgan, 1st Viscount Tredegar, of Tredegar Park, Monmouthshire, Wales, and Lady Katharine Carnegie. The 13th Duke of Bedford described the Tredegar family as "the oddest family I have ever met".[1]

The 2nd Viscount was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford University. While working as private secretary to a government minister, W. C. Bridgeman, in 1917, he became friendly with another Oxford man, the poet Robert Graves, who had been a school friend of Evan's cousin, Raymond Rodakowski. They shared an interest in both poetry and the supernatural.[2]

A Roman Catholic convert,[3] Morgan was a Chamberlain of the Sword and Cape to Popes Benedict XV and Pius XI.[4] An accomplished occultist, he was hailed by Aleister Crowley as Adept of Adepts.[5]

He fought in the First World War, gaining the rank of lieutenant in the service of the Welsh Guards. During the Second World War with MI8, his responsibility was to monitor carrier pigeons. He carelessly let slip on occasion departmental secrets to two girl guides and was court martialed but not sent to jail or worse.[5]

Tredegar House

In 1929, he unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative Party candidate for Limehouse.[5] After the death of his father he took possession of the family seat of Tredegar House, near Newport, where he lived alone with a menagerie of animals and birds. He dedicated one room, his 'magik room', to his study of the occult.

Morgan provided inspiration for the characters of Ivor Lombard in Aldous Huxley's 1921 Crome Yellow, and for Eddie Monteith in Ronald Firbank's The Flower Beneath the Foot.[6]

He was decorated with the following awards:[7]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Lois Sturt by Ambrose McEvoy, 1920

Despite his known homosexuality, he married twice.[8]

  • Lois Ina Sturt (1900–1937), an actress and daughter of Humphrey Napier Sturt, 2nd Baron Alington of Crichel and Lady Feodorowna Yorke, on 1 April 1928. She died in 1937.[7]
  • Princess Olga Sergeivna Dolgorouky (1915–1998), daughter of General Prince Serge Alexandrovitch Dolgorouky and Irina Vassilievna Narishkina, on 13 March 1939; this union was annulled in 1943.[7]

Death[edit | edit source]

He died suddenly on 27 April 1949 at age 55, without issue, and his viscountcy became extinct, although the title of Baron Tredegar passed to his 76-year-old Uncle Frederick. To avoid death duties Tredegar House passed straight to Frederick's son John, the 6th Baron, who soon afterwards sold it to the Sisters of St Joseph. His mother died in London in 1949, only a few months later.[7]

Works[edit | edit source]

  • Fragments
  • Gold and Ochre
  • At Dawn
  • The Eel
  • The City of Canals

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Russell, John Robert, Duke of Bedford, A Silver Plated Spoon, Cassell, London 1959, pp. 64–65
  2. Jean Moorcroft Wilson (2018). Robert Graves: from Great War poet to Goodbye to All That. Bloomsbury. pp. 192–193. ISBN 9781472929143. 
  3. Phil Carradice. "Wales History: Evan Morgan of Tredegar House". BBC. https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/waleshistory/2010/12/evan_morgan_of_tredegar_house.html. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  4. Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh; Sykes, Christopher Simon (1994). Great Houses of England & Wales. London: King. p. 209. ISBN 1856690539. https://books.google.com/books?id=-acjBygCDNYC&pg=PA209. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Evan Morgan of Tredegar House". BBC. https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/wales/entries/58b3be05-87b7-3fca-b511-2c9c24bc61a8. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  6. Rintoul, M. C. (1993). Dictionary of real people and places in fiction. London: Routledge. p. 686. ISBN 0-415-05999-2. https://books.google.com/books?id=P3gBAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA686. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Evan Frederic Morgan profile, peerage.com. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  8. D.J. Taylor, "Bright Young People", Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007, page 232

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