Walter Morgan (judge)
Early life and education
He was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple on 18 November 1841; for some years he practiced as a conveyancer and "equity draughtsman." He also went on the South Wales Circuit and attended the Galmorganshire Sessions.
Career in India
On 2 July 1852 he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court in Calcutta and in 1854 was appointed clerk of the Legislative Council of India. He served in that capacity until 1859, when be became a master in equity to the Supreme Court in Calcutta. In 1861 he published, with Mr. A. G. Macpherson, a book on the Indian Penal Code with notes. In 1862 Morgan was appointed one of the first Puisne Judges of the new Calcutta High Court, and, in due course, became the first Chief Justice of the North-Western Provinces, by appointment under the Letters Patent of 1866. He remained Chief Justice of Justice of the North-Western provinces until November, 1871, when he was translated to Madras as Chief Justice of that court, finally retiring from Madras in 1879.
In 1849 Walter Morgan married Ada Maria, the daughter of Mr. D. Harris. She died in 1884. There is, however, no trace of her having been in Allahabad while Walter Morgan was Chief Justice. Walter Morgan died in London on 28 October 1906, at the age of 85. He had one son, also Walter Morgan, who became Deputy Registrar of the appellate side of the Madras High court in 1892.
He authored The Indian Penal Code, (Act XLV. of 1860) along with A. G. Macpherson.
- Calcutta review, Volume 2; Volumes 118-119 By University of Calcutta
- History of the High Court at Allahabad during the Chief Justiceship of Sir Walter Morgan (1866-1871)
- The Honourable Chief Justices of Allahabad High Court
- The Honourable Chief Justices of Madras High Court
- The Indian penal code (act XLV of 1860): with notes By India, Sir Walter Morgan, Arthur George Macpherson
- Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 209. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.