Margaret Williams was born in the
mid 1700s and lived at Treleddyn farm near St. David’s. She was the wife of
Thomas Williams (credited as the first person to spot the French Invasion
vessels as they approached Fishguard in 1797), but her own heroic efforts have
been largely forgotten.
The Williams’ owned a small
sailing boat and were interested in the vessels that sailed around the
Pembrokeshire coastline. They spent much of their time observing them through a
telescope and following a torrential storm in the 1790s, Margaret spotted a
group of shipwrecked mariners in need of assistance*.
The group were clinging to a rock
in the collection known as ‘The Bishops’ to the West of Ramsey Island. This is
a particularly treacherous area for sailors as many of the rocks are submerged
and the tides in this area are turbulent. Nevertheless, Margaret Williams singlehandedly
launched her boat and rowed out to rescue the Swedish mariners.
Not only did she rescue and row
them to safety, but she provided them with food and shelter until their health
improved and they were able to return to Sweden.
reference to Welsh Shipwrecks vol.2
by Tom Bennett, 1982