I suspect the 1867 date is just a typo, since we know from one of
Tolkien's letters* that Fr. Francis, his foster-father, was the same
age of JRRT's real father (Arthur Tolkien, b. 1857) and that he was
77 when he died in 1934.
I hope your biography of Fr. Francis finds a publisher (and
translator). The information about his great-aunt is particularly
Welcome to the list!
*letter of JRRT to Michael T., 24 Jan.1972; LETTERS page 416
On Aug 5, 2008, at 12:10 AM, juanitopanchacoco wrote:
> Hi, I am new in the list. My name is Jose Manuel Ferrandez, and I
> write from Spain.
> I have to inform you that I am a member of the Spanish Tolkien Society
> and a couple of weeks ago I coordinated a meeting/symposium in Spain
> with Adam Tolkien (and other Spanish panelists). There is a small
> chronicle (in Spanish) in http://www.smialdemithlond.info/
> Also, if Wayne Hammond read this message, there is a mistake in
> Tolkien Companion – Readers Guide (2006) in the date of the birth of
> Fr. Francis Morgan. He was born in 1857 and in the book the year is
> 1867. I wrote him with this information some time ago, but maybe
> "internet goblins" intercepted it.
> In fact I have written a biography of Fr. Francis (unfortunately still
> unpublished) and I discovered many interesting facts (some related to
> Tolkien). Also there are some curiosities in his life (not necessarily
> linked to Tolkien) for instance he had a private audience with Pope
> Leo XIII or his great-aunt was the most important Spanish female
> writer in XIX century.
> J.M. Ferrandez
> jmferrandez @...
> Ps. I am also sad by Pauline Baynes' passing