Evan Morgan, 2nd Viscount Tredegar

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Evan Frederic Morgan, 2nd Viscount Tredegar (July 13, 1893 – April 27, 1949) was a Welsh poet and author. Morgan succeeded as 2nd Viscount and 4th Baron Tredegar in May 1934 after the death of his father.

Early life[edit]

He was the son of Courtenay Morgan, 1st Viscount Tredegar, of Tredegar Park, Monmouth-shire, and Lady Katharine Carnegie. He was also a chamberlain to both Pope Benedict XV and Pope Pius XI.

As an accomplished occultist, he was hailed by Aleister Crowley as "Adept of Adepts".[citation needed]

Morgan came from what the Duke of Bedford described as "the oddest family I have ever met."[citation needed] This observation could have stemmed from the rumor that his mother had built bird nests large enough to sit in, or that his father had owned one of the largest yachts in the world. Adding to his family's peculiarity, in 1925, his sister Gwyneth Ericka Morgan was found dead at age 29 in the River Thames.


A noted eccentric, he kept at Tredegar House in Newport a menagerie of animals including a boxing kangaroo, honey bear, baboon and a macaw. Morgan's weekend house parties attracted such figures as Aldous Huxley, H. G. Wells, Augustus John, and Aleister Crowley and gained local notoriety, as did the host's extravagant lifestyle.

In 1929, he stood as the Conservative Party candidate for Limehouse.

Despite his known homosexuality and reputation for dissipation, he married twice.[1] His first wife was Lois Ina Sturt (1900–1937), an actress and daughter of Napier Sturt, 2nd Baron Alington; they married in 1928. After her death, he married Princess Olga Sergievna Dolgorouky (1915–1998); they married in 1939 in Singapore, but the marriage was annulled in 1943.


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ D. J. Taylor, "Bright Young People", Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007, page 232

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Courtenay Morgan
Viscount Tredegar
Baron Tredegar
Succeeded by
Frederic Morgan