Sir Richard Wynn, 2nd Baronet

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Sir Richard Wynn, 2nd Baronet (1588 – 19 July 1649) was an English courtier and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1649.

Wynn was the son of Sir John Wynn, 1st Baronet. He was educated at Lincoln's Inn. He entered the Lord Chamberlain's service in 1608 and was Member of Parliament for Caernarvonshire in 1614.[1] He was Groom of the Bedchamber to Charles, Prince of Wales, from 1617 to 1625. His unsuccessful contest for Caernarvonshire in 1621, when he was defeated by John Griffith of Cefn Amwlch, marked the eclipse of the political influence of Gwydir in the county. However in the same election he was returned as MP for Ilchester.[1]

Wynn accompanied the prince on his voyage to Spain in 1623 and later wrote an account of the journey, published by T. Hearne in 1729 with the Historia vikie et regni Ricardi II. In 1625, he was elected MP for Ilchester again. He was also appointed treasurer to Queen Henrietta Maria. He inherited the baronetcy on the death of his father in 1627. In 1629, he was once again groom of the bedchamber to Charles (now crowned as King Charles I) and Henrietta Maria. He erected the Gwydir chapel in Llanrwst church and had a bridge built over the River Conwy in 1633.

In April 1640 Wynn was elected MP for Andover, for Newton and for Bodmin in the Short Parliament and chose to sit for Andover.[2] He was elected MP for Liverpool for the Long Parliament in November 1640. Despite his close connections with the royal family, he showed no eagerness to waste his estates in the king's service during the English Civil War and sat in parliament until 1648 when he was excluded under Pride's Purge. He died a few months later in 1649.

Wynn married Anne Darcy, daughter and coheiress of Sir Francis Darcy in 1618, There were no children and the baronetcy and estates fell to his brother Owen Wynn (1592–1660).

References[edit]

  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  • D.N.B., lxiii; Cal. Wynn (of Gwydir) Papers, passim; Clenennau Letters, i, Introduction
  • Hist. Gwydir Family, passim; W. R. Williams, Parl. Hist. of Wales, passim
  • E. Breeze, Kalendars of Gwynedd, passim; Cymm., xxxviii
  • The Welsh Review, v, 187-191; Trans. Caern. Hist. Soc., 1939, 37-46; J. E. Griffith, Pedigrees, 280-1
  • E. G. Jones, ‘The Caernarvonshire Squires, 1558-1625’ (unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Wales)
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Walter Maurice
Member of Parliament for Caernarvonshire
1614
Succeeded by
John Griffith
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
1621-1622
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Alyne
Nathaniel Topkins
Preceded by
Sir Richard Alyne
Edmund Waller
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
1625
With: Sir Robert Gage
Succeeded by
Sir William Beecher
Robert Caesar
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Bodmin
1640
With: Richard Prideaux
Succeeded by
John Arundell
Anthony Nicholl
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Andover
1640
With: Robert Wallop
Succeeded by
Robert Wallop
Sir Henry Rainsford
Preceded by
Lord Cranfield
John Holcroft
Member of Parliament for Liverpool
1640-1648
With: John Moore
Succeeded by
Thomas Birch
John Moore
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir John Wynn
Custos Rotulorum of Caernarvonshire
1627–1646
Succeeded by
Interregnum
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sir John Wynn
Head of the House of Aberffraw
1627–1649
Succeeded by
Sir Owen Wynn
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Wynn
Baronet
(of Gwydir)
1626–1649
Succeeded by
Owen Wynn