110 Robert MorrisMorriston takes its name from Robert Morris and his second son Sir John Morris, who confusingly named his own son John (and he was also knighted). At least it stopped there - unlike Calvert Richard Jones, whose son and grandson both bore the same names, as did three successive keepers of Mumbles lighthouse, each named Abraham Ace.
Robert Morris came from Shropshire but was married in
After Sir John died in 1819, his son (also Sir John Morris) removed the
But even the Morris family had a “black sheep” - in this case Robert Morris’s elder son, also named Robert, elder brother of the first Sir John. He was born in 1743, and through the advantages of his father’s business acumen was educated at
In 1772 29-year-old Robert Morris scandalously eloped to the continent with twelve-year-old heiress Frances Harford, of whom he was a guardian. For contempt of court Morris was sent to
Morris returned to
To the end his brother Sir John remained loyal and met his bills, noting in his diary “my poor brother buried at Fattigar in
Describing him as a “radical adventurer” is a kindly description of one whose life stands in such marked contrast to those of his father, his brother and his nephew.