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Anna Williams (1706–1783) attrib. Frances Reynolds reproduced by kind permission of Dr. Johnson's House Trust


Williams, Anna (1706–1783), poet and companion of Samuel Johnson, was born at Rosemarket, Pembrokeshire, the daughter of Zachariah Williams (1668x73–1755), medical practitioner and scientific experimenter, and his wife, Martha. Dr Williams provided his daughter with a good and wide-ranging education in the arts and sciences, including French and Italian. In 1726 or 1727 she moved to ...