Evans, Henry William, JP (1859-?), popular writing and lecturing, lived in Solva.

Grenville, Charles Francis (1749–1809), probably born Warwick Castle, horticulturist and mineral collector who developed the docks at Milford.  He also tried to establish a College of King George III  in the town with an observatory (see below), but died before its completion, which lead to its failure (ODNB)

Heath, Thomas Edward (1849-1918), amateur observer, popular lecturer, lived in Tenby.

Jones, Dyfrig, Dr. (1940-1989), head of the Space Plasma Physics Group at the British Antarctic Survey, did research into upper atmosphere of the Earth and into magnetospheres of the outer planets, born Crwbin.

Recorde, Robert (c.1510-1558), mathematician, astronomer and physician, born Tenby (ODNB).

Rupert-Jones, John Archibald, Commander (1874-1934), experienced in celestial navigation, lived in Milford Haven.


Milford (Haikin) Observatory (c.1807), part of the College of King George III being established by the Hon. Charles Greville (1749–1809), but never completed due to the sudden death of Greville in 1809.  Instruments were purchased but never installed – later sold by Edward Troughton.  The ruin of the building is still standing (Howse 1986; ‘To the Editor..’, MonMag, 41 [1816], p.483-4)


Haikin Observatory, Milford Haven

Societies and Organisations

Preseli Astronomy Group (PAG), founded 2010 after the demise of theWest Wales Astronomy Group’.  Members meet monthly at Neuadd Goffa, Treletert (SA62 5RY).

West Wales Astronomy Group (WDAS), founded (?), see Preseli Astronomy Group

Authors, lecturers, broadcasters

Robert Recorde (c.1510-1558), author of textbooks on mathematics, medicine and mathematical astronomy.

Thomas Edward Heath (1849-1918).

Henry William Evans, J.P. (1859-?).

Academics and associated professionals

Robert Recorde (c.1510-1558).

Dyfrig Jones (1940-1989).


Telescope/equipment manufacturers

County Record Office
The Castle
Haverfordwest SA61 2EF
Tel 01437 763707
Fax 01437 768539


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