Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 6th Baronet

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"The King of Wales"
Williams-Wynn as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, June 1873
Coat of arms of the 6th Baronet

Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 6th Baronet (22 May 1820 – 9 May 1885) was a Welsh Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1841 to 1885.

Williams-Wynn was born in London, the eldest son of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 5th Baronet and his wife Lady Henrietta Antonia Clive, eldest daughter of Edward Clive, 1st Earl of Powis.[1] He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He was a cornet in the 1st Life Guards in 1839 and a lieutenant in 1842. He succeeded his father in the baronetcy on 6 Jan 1840. He was awarded MA from Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1842.[2]

Williams-Wynn was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Denbighshire in 1841 and held the seat until his death in 1885, aged 64. The seat had previously been held by his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, all of whom were also named Watkin Williams-Wynn.[3]

Williams-Wynn was lieutenant colonel of the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry from 1844 to 1877 and of the Denbighshire Rifle Volunteers from 1862 to 1885. He was A.D.C. to Queen Victoria in 1881. He hunted four days a week, having been made master of the hunt at 23.[2]

In 1858, after Wynnstay was almost totally destroyed by fire, Sir Watkin re-built it between 1859 and 1865 on the same site with Benjamin Ferrey as his architect.

Williams-Wynn married his cousin, Marie Emily Williams-Wynn, youngest daughter of Sir Henry Watkin Williams-Wynn, K.C.B, on 28 April 1852. He had two daughters, Marie Nesta Williams Wynn (23 Oct 1868 - 26 Jan 1883) who died young and is commemorated by a stained glass window at Ruabon parish church, and Louisa Alexandra Williams Wynn (1846-1911), the sole heiress of the Wynnstay estate, who also married her cousin, Herbert Lloyd Watkin Williams-Wynn (1860-1944), who succeeded him as the 7th baronet on his death in 1885.[2]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Cholmondeley and
William Bagot
Member of Parliament for Denbighshire
with William Bagot, to 1852;
Robert Myddleton-Biddulph, 1852–1868;
George Osborne Morgan, from 1868

1841–1885
Succeeded by
George Osborne Morgan and
Sir Herbert Williams-Wynn
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Watkin Williams-Wynn
Baronet
(of Gray's Inn)
1840–1885
Succeeded by
Herbert Williams-Wynn