Charlotte Williams-Wynn (diarist)

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Charlotte Williams-Wynn in c. 1840, by Henry William Pickersgill
Williams-Wynn placing a ribbon and a rose on the head of her younger sister Mary. The painting was commissioned by their father from William Etty in 1833.[1]

Charlotte Williams-Wynn (16 January 1807 – 26 April 1869) was a British letter-writer and diarist.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Williams-Wynn was the eldest daughter of the politician Charles Williams-Wynn and his wife Mary, daughter of Sir Foster Cunliffe, 3rd Baronet. She was named after paternal grandmother, Charlotte Williams-Wynn (née Grenville). She spent her childhood at Dropmore Park, the seat of her granduncle, William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville. Her father's illness forced him to travel to Wiesbaden, and Williams-Wynn accompanied him. On the way from Rotterdam to Biebrich, she met and befriended the diplomat and soldier Karl August Varnhagen von Ense. Williams-Wynn travelled extensively through what is now Italy, Switzerland and Germany. She was staying in Paris at the time of the French coup of 1851, and recorded the events of the period in detail.[2]

Williams-Wynn never married and lived at 43 Green Street, London. She formed a "close and lasting friendship" with the Prussian ambassador Christian Charles Josias von Bunsen, the writer Thomas Carlyle and the theologian Frederick Denison Maurice. In 1866, her declining health compelled her to search for a milder climate and move to Arcachon, where she died on 26 April 1869, five days after her sister Mary. She is buried in an Arcachon cemetery. Her surviving sister, Harriot Lindesay, published her memoires in 1877.[2]

Ancestry[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Sir William Williams, 2nd Baronet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 3rd Baronet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Jane Thelwall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 4th Baronet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Frances Shackerley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Charles Williams-Wynn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Richard Grenville
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. George Grenville
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Hester Grenville, 1st Countess Temple
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Charlotte Grenville
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Baronet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Elizabeth Wyndham
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Lady Catherine Seymour
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Charlotte Williams-Wynn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Foster Cunliffe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Sir Robert Cunliffe, 2nd Baronet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Margaret Carter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Sir Foster Cunliffe, 3rd Baronet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Ichabod Wright
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Mary Wright
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Elizabeth Wildbore.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Mary Cunliffe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Sir Francis Kinloch, 3rd Baronet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Sir David Kinloch of Gilmerton, 5th Baronet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Mary Rocheid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Harriet Kinloch
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Sir Archibald Cockburn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Harriet Cockburn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Mary Campbell
 
 
 
 
 
 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burnage, Sarah; Mark; Laura (2011). William Etty: Art & Controversy. Philip Wilson Publishers. ISBN 9780905807256. 
  2. ^ a b Prideaux Courtney, William (1900). Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900 63. 

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