Lucy Williams Collection

Scope and Content

3 typescript documents. 

  • A history of the houses in Swift Square, Holyhead, formerly a historic inn, but now part of a Slum Clearance Area along the north side of the Roman fort within which St. Cybi's Church stands.
  • Sea-shanties relating mostly to Holyhead, a few of which are the work of Rev. Owen Michael.
  • Poems of the Windjammers written by Margaret Jones between 1842-1852, being a metrical narrative in Welsh of her married life as the wife of Captain R. Jones. Historically, these verses are interesting as first-hand evidence of Welsh sea-faring life.

Administrative / Biographical History

Very little biographical information was available regarding Lucy Williams, creator of this collection, other than that she lived in Holyhead and evidently took an active interest in the history of the Anglesey town. She also contributed many articles to the Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club on the history of Holyhead.

Margaret Jones was the daughter of William Thomas of Aberffraw and Holyhead, the hymn writer. She married Captain R. Jones and died in 1852. Her father, William Thomas, was a much respected deacon of Bethel Wesleyan Chapel in Holyhead and worked as a saddler for the Royal Mail coach service at Holyhead. His poems were published in Ehediad y Meddwl (1862) and include an elegy for his daughter.


No apparent system of arrangement but incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Access Information

Open to all users.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lucy Williams, Newry Street, Holyhead, Anglesey, ca. 1941.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, April 2002

Other Finding Aids

An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 4171-4173

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.


Williams, Lucy, Anglesey Windjammer Poetry, Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club, 1941, p.p.46-47

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