George Lockwood Morris

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Sir George Lockwood Morris, Bt
George Lockwood Morris.jpg
George Lockwood Morris in Wales jersey
Full name George Lockwood Morris
Date of birth (1859-01-29)29 January 1859
Place of birth Swansea, Wales, U.K.
Date of death 23 November 1947(1947-11-23) (aged 88)
Place of death Henley, England, U.K.[1]
School Clifton College
Notable relative(s) Cedric Morris, son
Occupation(s) Iron founder
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1878-? Swansea RFC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1882-1884[2] WalesWales 5 (0)

Sir George Lockwood Morris, 8th Baronet (29 January 1859 - 23 November 1947) was a Welsh industrialist and iron founder. He was also an international rugby union forward who won five caps for Wales. He played club rugby for Swansea, captaining the club through two seasons, and was the first Swansea player to represent Wales.

Biography[edit]

George Lockwood Morris was born on 29 January 1859. He was the great-grandson in a junior branch of the family of Sir John Morris, 1st Baronet, the industrialist and founder of the suburb of Morriston in Swansea.

Between 1878 and 1884 he was a noted rugby player.

In 1889 he married Wilhelmina Cory of the Cory family at Swansea. They lived at Sketty, and had three children - Muriel, who died in her teens, Cedric Lockwood (1889-1982), who became a noted painter and plantsman, and Nancy (born 1893).

In 1947, at the age of 88, Morris inherited Morris baronetcy from a distant cousin, three months before his death.[3]

Rugby career[edit]

Morris joined the Swansea team in 1878, at the age of 19, and in the 1881/82 season he was awarded the captaincy of the Senior XV team, an honour he would hold for the next season.

On 28 January 1882 Morris was selected for the Wales team in their first rugby match against Ireland. Under the captaincy of Charles Lewis, Wales won the game two goals and two tries to nil. Morris was selected for the next four Welsh matches including the very first rugby international played in Wales, at St. Helen's ground, Swansea, in 1883. His final game was in the 1884 Home Nations Championship, in a game played against Scotland at Rodney Parade in Newport. Wales lost the game by a drop goal and a try to nil. Morris and his Swansea teammate Fred Andrews were both replaced from the pack, with Morris' place going to Cardiff's John Hinton.

International matches played[edit]

Wales[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Swansea RFC player profiles
  2. ^ WRU player profiles
  3. ^ Richard Morphet Cedric Morris The Tate Gallery 1984 ISBN 0-946590-06-0 p17
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 469.

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fred Meager
Swansea RFC Captain
1881-1883
Succeeded by
Evan Richards
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Herbert Edward Morris, 7th Baronet
Baronet
(of Clasemont)
1947–1947
Succeeded by
Sir Cedric Morris, 9th Baronet