Owen Wynne (British Army officer)

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Lieutenant-General Owen Wynne (1665–1737) was an Irish officer in the British Army, and a member of the Parliament of Ireland.

He was the third son of Owen Wynne, who settled in Ireland about the year 1688, having previously lived in Wales. In 1688 he was serving in the army of James II, but being a Protestant, he transferred his allegiance to the Prince of Orange on the breaking out of the Glorious Revolution. He was with Major-General Kirke's force sent from England to the relief of Londonderry, and he also took some part in the defence of Enniskillen, and served through the War in Ireland.

Owen Wynne was appointed a major in his brother James Wynne's Dragoons on 1 November 1694, and served with his Regiment through the Flanders campaign of 1694 to 1697, being promoted lieutenant-colonel in July 1695, taking the place of Charles Ross, promoted colonel of the regiment on the death of James Wynne. He served under Marlborough and was promoted colonel in 1703, and in 1705 he raised and commanded a regiment of foot. The year 1706 saw him a brigadier-general, and in 1709 he was promoted to major-general.

In 1715 Major-General Wynne raised and commanded the regiment later known as the 9th Lancers. From the head of Owen Wynne's Dragoons, he was transferred to the colonelcy of the 5th Horse, later the 4th Dragoon Guards. Promotion to lieutenant-general followed in 1726, and in 1728 Owen Wynne was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Army. In August 1732 he was transferred from the 5th Horse to the colonelcy of his old regiment, the Royal Irish Dragoons, which appointment he retained until his death in 1737.

Owen Wynne represented Ballyshannon in Parliament from 1715 to 1727, and from 1727 to 1737 was member for Sligo. He was also a Privy Councillor, and in 1736 was Governor of Londonderry. It is stated that he several times refused a peerage.

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This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Walter Temple Willcox, Historical Records of the Fifth (Royal Irish) Lancers, London 1908, pp. iv-v.

Parliament of Ireland
Vacant
Carrick was not represented in the Patriot Parliament
Member of Parliament for Carrick
1692–1695
With: Roger Smith
Succeeded by
Richard St George
John French
Preceded by
Richard Warburton
Richard Geering
Member of Parliament for Ballyshannon
1713–1727
With: John Rochfort
Succeeded by
William Conolly
Thomas Pearson
Preceded by
Joshua Cooper
William Ormsby
Member of Parliament for Sligo County
1727–1737
With: Joshua Cooper
Succeeded by
Joshua Cooper
James Wynne
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Ross
Lieutenant-Colonel of the Royal Dragoons of Ireland
1695–1705
Succeeded by
Robert Hunter
Preceded by
New regiment
Colonel of Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons
1715–1719
Succeeded by
James Crofts
Preceded by
Sherrington Davenport
Colonel of Wynne's Regiment of Horse
1719–1732
Succeeded by
Thomas Pearce
Preceded by
Charles Ross
Colonel of the Royal Dragoons of Ireland
1732–1737
Succeeded by
The Viscount Molesworth
Preceded by
The Lord Barry of Santry
Governor of Londonderry
1735?–1737
Succeeded by
Thomas Pearce