MORGAN, John Philip (by 1524-57/59), of Skenfrith, Mon.
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Family and Education
Jt. feodary, duchy of Lancaster, Skenfrith 1547, bailiff in 1547, receiver, Monmouth 14 Aug. 1554-57/58; commr. chantries, Mon., Glam. 1548; escheator, Mon. 1554-5; j.p. Mon. 1555.3
John Philip Morgan was being initiated into public affairs from 1547 but it was with the accession of Mary that he came to the fore; in 1554 he secured the important post of receiver of the lordship of Monmouth after the dismissal of (Sir) Charles Herbert and in the following year he was put on the Monmouthshire bench. His Membership in the first three Parliaments of the reign was a corollary of this advancement.
Morgan’s rapid progress is not surprising in view of the high favour enjoyed by his elder brother Richard, newly appointed chief justice of common pleas and a Privy Councillor, whose enthusiasm for the Marian regime he clearly shared, having nothing to do with the opposition to its parliamentary programme. The two appear to have been on good terms: Morgan was to recount in his will how in the time of Edward VI he had let his brother intervene in his land transactions, and when Sir Richard Morgan made his first will in July 1552 he directed that a gold ring should be made for his sister-in-law in recognition of her kindness to him during an illness, a bequest which he repeated in a second will made after he had become chief justice. Yet i