Lucy Thomas (formerly Williams)


Born in Llansamlet, Wales, where later she married her coal contractor husband Robert Thomas, Lucy Thomas has long been known as the ‘mother of the Welsh steam-coal trade’. It is said that cargoes of coal were transported to London from the Thomas family’s level, of which Lucy was in charge after her husband’s death. Thomas and her son William later also worked the coal under the neighbouring Graig Farm, and Merthyr historian Charles Wilkins gave a glowing account of her life in 1888, describing her as a witty and clever businesswoman. She died of typhoid fever in Merthyr Tydfil in 1847, bequeathing nearly fifty freehold and leasehold houses and cottages to her children.

Category: Business
Dates: 1781-1847
Location: Llansamlet