Morgan (bishop)

Morgan (bishop)
Bishop of Durham-elect
See Diocese of Durham
Appointed between 7 March and 7 May 1215
Quashed after 1215
Predecessor John de Gray
Successor Richard Marsh
Other posts Provost of Beverley
Personal details
Denomination Catholic

Morgan was a medieval Bishop of Durham elect.

Morgan was an illegitimate son of King Henry II of England and Nesta, daughter of Iorwerth ab Owain, Lord of Caerleon. Nesta was married to Sir Ralph Bloet, who raised Morgan as his son. The date of his birth is unknown but presumed to be toward the end of King Henry's life.[1]

Morgan was the provost of Beverley before being nominated to the see of Durham between 7 March and 7 May 1215. He was never consecrated because Pope Innocent III refused consecration on the grounds of his illegitimacy.[2] Innocent offered to confirm the election and allow the episcopal consecration if Morgan would swear that he was the son of Nesta and her husband Ralph and not King Henry. Morgan, after deliberation, replied that it was unthinkable for him to deny his father the king.[1]

After his accession to the throne, King John, Morgan's half-brother, was known to be generous to the entire Bloet family.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Given-Wison and Curteis Royal Bastards of Medieval England p. 99
  2. ^ British History Online Bishops of Durham accessed on 25 October 2007


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John de Gray
Bishop of Durham
election quashed

Succeeded by
Richard Marsh

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