About Mark Muller
In June 1953 Mark Muller was born to Marguerite and Johann (John) Muller. Marguerite, nee Gambold, was part of a family that traces its roots back many centuries and includes 18th century ancestors important in religious reform in this country, Europe and America. Johann Muller was born in Bavaria in 1926. He was called up into the German army in 1943 and saw service in several areas before being captured by the American and initially interned in Mississippi. He, along with many other German prisoners, was transferred to Wales in 1947 and after his release from captivity decided to make Pembrokeshire his home.
With such a heritage, history came easily to Mark, almost a requirement with research being conducted from quite an early age. Following a brain haemorrhage in 1992 and enforced early retirement, historical research slowly took over as a primary endeavour but at a reduced pace. Mark lives in Pembrokeshire, is divorced and has two children who pursue careers elsewhere in the country.
If you have ever been downtown in Haverfordwest on a late summer's eve and seen a man with 150-plus people trailing behind him, you'd be forgiven for thinking you’ve seen the Pied Piper; such is his power to captivate a crowd with - not a flute, but his words. These ‘Ghost Walks’, (history walks around the town decorated with a huge cast of costumed people), which became popular to the point of over-subscription, have been just one of the ways that Mark brings history alive. There are in addition the town and village halls, filled to capacity to hear him bring to life some of the people and events which have long been forgotten.
Audiences are moved to tears or laughter with the true tales of bygone eras; the cemetery of the medieval St. Thomas’ Church will no longer be just a pretty gothic scene, but will now forever evoke tales of love, mystery and tragedy at the graves of some of the deceased. And at the former site of the old Fish Market you will remember the foil-wrapped penny with a smile.
But wherever you live, these stories will enthral, as the human story is universal.Judith Pilawa