Morris Meredith Williams was born in Wales and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He was appointed art master at Fettes College in Edinburgh in 1905. He and his wife, Gertrude Alice Williams who was a sculptor, moved to Devon in 1929. He exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy in London every year between 1920 - 1929 and most years at the Royal Scottish Academy from 1906 - 1937. Williams worked in landscapes and genre painting, designed stained glass windows and illustrated many fairy tale books. He drew the naval and military figures for the frieze of the Scottish National War Memorial, which was modeled by his wife Alice.