A Beautiful Nuisance The Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan

A Beautiful Nuisance

The Life and Death of Hon. Gwyneth Ericka Morgan 

By Monty Dart and William Cross

Tribute to Hon Gwyneth Ericka Morgan only daughter of

Courtenay Charles Evan Morgan 1867-1934  and Katharine Agnes Blanche Carnegie 1867-1949


Strong characters have imperfections: they can never compromise. Gwyneth Morgan could never compromise. The shadow of chaos threatened her from birth.

Beautiful, wealthy, witty, but unbalanced, her family was popular only because they were rich and had close links to the British Royal Family.

Gwyneth was the daughter of a Welsh coal baron; her mother was from an old aristocratic Scottish family. Launched as a stunning debutante Gwyneth enjoyed but more endured the rituals of the London and Highland Society in the years before and after the First World War.

She had an unconventional streak, earning a reputation as a bohemian.

Struck down by ill-health from the excesses of high living and travel, she was caught up with dangerous people of whom her family disapproved. With increasing concern Gwyneth was forced to spend her last years as a virtual prisoner moving between locations. Under medical supervision from a Society doctor, the harsh regime imposed became unbearable. She disappeared into a London fog in 1924; her badly decomposed body was pulled from the River Thames 5 months later. Where did she go? What happened? How did she die? This book explains why Gwyneth (once dubbed “a beautiful nuisance”) was airbrushed from history.

The life and death of Gwyneth Ericka Morgan” is full of surprises – the tale of a rich girl who may have paid the ultimate price to maintain her family’s coveted place in High Society.

ISBN 10 1-905914-10-5

ISBN 13 978-1-905914-10-4

















The Book is now available from the Author William Cross

58, Sutton Road, Newport, Gwent, NP 19 7JF

Paperback £15.00 including UK Postage

Hardback £20.00 including UK Postage

Cheques made payable to:  William Cross

The book is also available on Amazon.co.uk

Overseas Orders please use AMAZON. COM

 further details from : williecross@virginmedia.com

 Evan Frederic Morgan, the second (and last) Viscount Tredegar will forever be an enigma. Whatever a researcher or writer discovers about him there will almost certainly be a further revelation around the next corner.


Born into a prosperous Welsh coalmining and landowning family, Evan had the resources and the will to be whatever he wanted. He could indulge every fantasy and whim to whatever length he chose. With his wealth, versatile culture and adventurous spirit, he seemed well equipped to make a notable mark on the world. But his calling fell short of its early promise.


Evan appears in numerous anecdotes by his often more famous fellow travellers. As a homosexual living at a time when that activity was illegal and where charges could lead to imprisonment, ruin and shame, Evan, by necessity, led a double life.   Most of his secrets died with him, many personal documents are lost, suppressed, concealed or destroyed. We cannot only rely on his contemporaries, relatives,  friends and enemies for all aspects of his flamboyant life. In this new book, William Cross, co-author of A Beautiful Nuisance : The Life and Death of Gwyneth Ericka Morgan and Aspects of Evan, The Last Viscount Tredegar, draws  on the claims left behind by the late Robin Bryans, who at age of sixteen became one of Evan’s lovers. The narrative reveals some bizarre details about Evan that have thus far not dared be revealed. The reader must make up their own mind about the veracity of Bryans’ extraordinary account of  Evan’s hidden world.

ISBN 10 1-905914-21-0

ISBN 13 978-1-905914-21-0

Published by

William P. Cross

Book Midden Publishing

58 Sutton Road

Newport Gwent

NP19 7JF.

 United Kingdom

 further details from : williecross@virginmedia.com

Link to the Daily Mail Article about the book

Reference Books

Two Ruperra books.

Some Estate members worked at Ruperra and Tredegar House

these books are a useful guide

Serving under Ruperra 1900-1939”  by Pat Moseley, is based on tape recordings taken in the 1980s and 90s of employees and local people who knew and worked on the Ruperra Estate, once part of the great Tredegar Estate of South East Wales. There are plenty of pictures of people and their homes, and an index to help you look for your relations who may have been employed from 1900 up to the Second World War. by Colonel Freddie Morgan and Courtenay, Lord Tredegar.


Ruperra Castle – War and Flames 1939-46 “  by Pat Moseley is taken from the memories of locals and a procession of soldiers’ regiments sent there for training from the beginning of World War II, through the burning down of the Castle, to the end of the War and the decline of the Castle. There are plenty of pictures and recordings and an index to help you find if your relations were there.

Both books are available from Pat Jones-Jenkins at Areithin ,  Heol Ton,  Ton Kenfig,   CF33 4PS

Email patjonesjenkins@googlemail.com or Telephone 01656 741622



Excellently researched using the Tredegar Park manuscripts held at the National Library of Wales and local newspapers this book is useful for those interested in the running of the Estate. It also contains names of farmers, estate workers, farms and cottages.


TREDEGAR – The History of an Agricultural Estate 1300 – 1956’ by Roger Phillips

ISBN 1 85421 096 3

This book is out of print but sometimes crops up on antiquarian book sites

There seems to be one at Powys Libraries and Archives (click Here)





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