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Francis Xavier Morgan

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Father Francis Xavier Morgan (?1839 - June 11, 1935) was a Roman Catholic priest at the Brimingham Oratory in Birmingham. Half Welsh and half Anglo-Spanish.

He took care of Mabel Tolkien during her ilness, and took over custody of Ronald and Hilary Tolkien after her death. Father Francis was a pipe-smoker and Tolkien derived his own custom from this.

Father Francis Xavier Morgan, forbade Tolkien to seeEdith Bratt until he was twenty-one because he saw her as a distraction from his studies. With one exception, Tolkien obeyed this instruction to the letter while Father Morgan's guardianship lasted. After that period he wedded the couple in 1916.

Tolkien named his first son, John Francis Reuel after him.


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