and Her Friends!
They’re all over Fishguard and Goodwick!
The Jemima Trail is fun for all the family, with a bit of history, a local heroine and a chance to win!
The Jemima Trail is fun for all the family.
Hunt round shops and cafés until you find them.
All 16 Welsh lady-dolls are wearing traditional costume (Gwisg Gymreig draddodiadol) and every one has their own name.
When you get your Jemima Trail flyer you’ll be able to see what they look like and track them down in fifteen different places around Fishguard and Goodwick.
Jemima’s flyer is only 50p and you can buy them here:
- Fishguard Tourist Information Centre
- Tenby House newsagent
- West Wales Arts
- Seaways bookshop
- Fishguard Artisans
Just 50p for your Jemima Trail bi-lingual entry flyer.
Jemima Nicholas was a local shoemaker. During the last invasion of Britain, Jemima single-handedly rounded up a dozen French soldiers and forced them to surrender at the Royal Oak pub in Fishguard. Armed with a pitch fork, she approached the soldiers and, as Fishguard volunteer H.L. Williams wrote in his memoir in 1842, ‘whether alarmed at her courage, or persuaded by her, she conducted them to and confined them in, the guard house in Fishguard Church,’
Jemima was 47 at the time. The local vicar at the time recalled: ‘… This woman was called ‘Jemima fawr’ (Jemima the great) from her heroine acts, she having marched against the French who landed hereabouts in 1797 and being of such personal powers as to be able to overcome most men in a fight. I recalled her well.’
Jemima Nicholas died in Fishguard Main Street in July 1832, aged 82 years. She is buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard, where a headstone, erected in 1897, describes her as ‘The Welsh Heroine’.
Colonel Tate’s French officers reported that they saw the British “with troops of the line to the number of several thousand.” No such troops were anywhere near Fishguard, but there were hundreds, perhaps thousands of local Welsh women, dressed in their traditional scarlet tunics and tall black felt hats, who had come to see the fighting between the French and the local militiamen. These ladies became known as Jemima’s daughters.
The Last Invasion Tapestry – Fishguard
For more on the Last Invasion and Jemima, see the LIT website here: https://lastinvasiontapestry.co.uk/
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