MORGAN, Anthony (d.1729), of Freshwater, I.o.W.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1695 - 1710
1715 - 12 Apr. 1717
12 Apr. 1717 - 1727
1727 - 19 Apr. 1729

Family and Education

m. by 1691, Catherine, da. and h. of Thomas Urry of Freshwater, 6s. 1da.

Offices Held

Brig. and lt. 1 Life Gds. by 1691, exempt and capt. 1692, guidon and maj. 1694, cornet and eld. maj. 1697; lt.-gov. I.o.W. 1702-10, 1715-d.; gov. Cowes castle 1715-d.


Anthony Morgan acquired the manor of Freshwater by his marriage.1 As lieutenant-governor of the Isle of Wight under Anne he built up an interest at Newport and at Yarmouth, which he appears to have managed for the Government after George I’s accession. In December 1714 the governor of the Isle of Wight, General Webb, complained that ‘Colonel Morgan has more credit with the great people than I have’.2 He was returned for Newport in 1715 on the government interest but in 1717, when his petition succeeded, he chose to sit for Yarmouth, voting consistently with the Administration. Transferring to Lymington in 1727, he died 19 Apr. 1729, cutting off his eldest son with a shilling and leaving his property to be divided among his five younger sons.3

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. VCH Hants, v. 241; PCC 23 Lort.
  • 2. T. Stephens, The Castle Builders, 41.
  • 3. PCC 171 Abbott.