Lord Elystan-Morgan receives Honorary Doctorate


Lord Elystan-Morgan has today (Friday, July 7) been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Literature) from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

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Born in North Ceredigion, Lord Elystan Morgan was educated at Ardwyn Grammar School, Aberystwyth and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth before training to become a solicitor. In his early political career he was a Plaid Cymru candidate but later joined the Labour Party before being elected Member of Parliament for Cardiganshire at the 1966 general election.

He served as a junior minister in the Labour Government as Under-Secretary at the Home Office from 1968 to 1970. He was also chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary Labour Party between 1971 and 1974. Having left politics, Lord Elystan Morgan concentrated on his legal career. He was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1971, entitling him to practise as a barrister.

Lord Elystan Morgan was made a Life peer in 1981 with the title Baron Elystan-Morgan of Aberteifi in the County of Dyfed. He held the office of Recorder between 1983 and 1987 and the office of Circuit Judge between 1987 and 2003.

Presenting the award to Lord Elystan-Morgan was UWTSD Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor Gwilym Dyfri Jones. He said:

“It is my very great privilege this morning to present Lord Elystan-Morgan, the former Cardiganshire MP and High Court Judge and one of Wales’ greatest living statesmen, for admission to the degree of Doctor of Literature.  Lord Elystan-Morgan is a statesman of stature and brilliance who served Wales with great distinction for over fifty years. 

An unassuming, kindly and unprententious gentleman, he has been instrumental in the emergence of a confident, successful and self-believing nation, in shaping the identity of a mature, culturally-vibrant, and forward-looking Wales."

Lord Elystan-Morgan's contribution to life in Wales and beyond has been immense as a politician, lawyer and a judge. On receiving his Honorary Doctorate, Lord Elystan-Morgan said:

"The gratitude I feel towards the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is concurrently a mixture of humility and indeed of wonderment.  You have honoured me far, far beyond any possible expectation that I had. 

May I also congratulate all of you that have received your degreed and various other qualifications this morning.  You have achieved a great deal and I salute your achievements most sincerely.  You are members of a distinguished school of learning that had its origins 195 years ago.  It was founded as a religious institution but over a period of time it has served Wales and Great Britain with honourable distinction and credit.

The efforts you have made are indeed part o the supreme pioneering spirit of this University and it shows the willingness of many generations to sacrifice everything in the name of higher education.  You are now part of that rich heritage.”

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