Lives of the fellows

Thomas Charles (Sir) Morgan

b.? d.28 August 1843
MB Cantab(1804) MD(1809) FRCP(1810)

Sir Thomas Charles Morgan, M.D., was the eldest son of John Morgan, esq., of Charlotte-street, Bloomsbury. After a sound preparatory education at Eton and the Charterhouse, he was entered at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and as a member of that college proceeded M.B. 1804, M.D. 1809. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1809, and a Fellow 1st October, 1810.

He accompanied the marquis of Abercorn to Ireland as his physician, and was knighted by him in Dublin. Although well qualified to succeed as a physician, Sir Thomas Morgan soon withdrew from the exercise of his profession, and devoted himself exclusively to literature and politics. To this course he was probably led by his wife, a pleasing writer, and the authoress of some well-known works of travels. Sir Thomas Morgan was an ardent whig, and during his residence in Ireland devoted much of his time and talents to the cause of Catholic emancipation, which he advocated in the public journals and periodicals.

He was a warm lover of civil and religious liberty, and his house, both in Dublin and London, was always open to sufferers in that cause from whatever land they came. When his political friends, the whigs, succeeded to office, he was appointed one of the commissioners of Irish Fisheries, and the reports he made in that capacity were remarkable for their clearness and perspicuity. He died at his house in William-street, Lowndes-square, on the 28th August, 1843.

"Sir T. Charles Morgan was a very accomplished and justly popular member of the refined and intellectual society in which he and Lady Morgan had mingled both abroad and at home. A writer of great ability, an honest politician, an amiable and most enlightened man, he has claims to be long regretted by a wide circle of every class of opinion. While his mind kept equal pace with the progress of liberal views, his tastes were formed and resolutely fixed in what we call the best old school. He was never at a loss for a witty or wise passage from Rabelais or Bayle."(1)

Sir Charles was a frequent contributor to our best literary periodicals. He contributed the chapters on law, medical science, and statistics to Lady Morgan’s books of travels in France and Italy, and was joint author with her of the Book without a Name.

We have also from his pen—
Sketches of the Philosophy of Life. 8vo. Lond. 1819.
Sketches of the Philosophy of Morals. 8vo. Lond.

William Munk

[(1) Examiner.]

(Volume III, page 93)

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