Louisa Matilda Spooner

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The daughter of James Spooner, she lived 1820-1886 and wrote three novels, Gladys of Harlech (1858), Country Landlords (1860) and The Welsh Heiress (1868).[1] Gladys of Harlech was republished in about 2016 by the Welsh Women's Classics series. As originally published they were attributed only to "L.M.S."

Her parents, James Spooner and Elizabeth Spooner lived in Maentwrog which is where she was born. When a little girl her family moved to Tremadog and then Porthmadog. In 1860 she moved in with her brother Charles Easton Spooner who lived in Bron-y-Garth on the headland in Porthmadog. Charles's wife Mary died in 1860 and Louisa took over the running of the household.

She died in 1886 and is buried alongside her mother and father in St Cynhaearon's churchyard near Pentrefelin. There is a plinth on which her details are recorded. It supports an urn in memory of her parents. The graves were restored in 2022 with funds from FR Heritage Group. There is a memorial to her in the form of a stained glass window in St John's Church in Porthmadog which closed in 2023.


  1. ^ "Louisa Matilda Spooner: An Appeal.", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 262, page(s): 786-787.