Sir John Wynn, 5th Baronet

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Sir John Wynn, 5th Baronet (1628–1719) was a Welsh landowner and MP.

He was the only son of Henry Wynn of Rhiwgoch, Merioneth and educated at the Inner Temple, 1646. He inherited the Watstay Estate through his marriage to Jane Evans (daughter of Eyton Evans of Watstay), which he renamed the Wynnstay Estate. He also, allegedly, won the manor of Stanwardine in Shropshire from Thomas Corbett in a snail race.

He succeeded his cousin Sir Richard Wynn, 4th Baronet as a baronet in 1674 but did not inherit the Gwydyr Estate, which passed to his predecessor's daughter Mary.

He served as High Sheriff of Denbighshire for 1671-3, as High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire for 1674-75 and as High Sheriff of Merionethshire for 1675-76. He was Custos Rotulorum of Merionethshire for 1678-1688, 1690–96 and 1700-11.[1]

Later life[edit]

Sir John lived into his nineties, mainly residing in London, but died without issue in 1719. On his death the Wynn baronetcy became extinct and the ancient House of Aberffraw (which claimed direct descent from Rhodri Mawr ap Merfyn in the late 9th century and through him to the legendary line of Brutus) was left without known male issue.

Possible heir and relatives[edit]

Had Thomas Jones (Twm Siôn Cati) really been the illegitimate son of John "Wynn" ap Maredudd (as claimed by Sir John Wynn, 1st Baronet in his family history), his children would have been next in line, illegitimate sons having the same rights of inheritance as legitimate ones under ancient Welsh law. There are also several claims that "lost" relatives such as a supposed Colonel Hugh Wynn who is alleged to have moved to Virginia and raised a family. However, with no clear heir, Sir John bequeathed the entire Wynnstay estate to Jane Thelwall (great-granddaughter of Sir John Wynn, 1st Baronet) who was now married to Sir William Williams, 2nd Baronet (c. 1665 – 20 October 1740). Sir John Wynn and Sir William Williams were the two largest landowners in north Wales at that time and together the combined estate dwarfed all others. In honour of his wife's ancestry Sir William Williams changed his name to Sir William Williams-Wynn of Wynnstay.[citation needed]

The current baronet is Sir David Watkin Williams-Wynn, 11th Baronet (born 1940).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "WYNN, Sir John (1628-1719), of Rhiwgoch, Merion. and Wynnstay, Denb.". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

References[edit]

  • 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
Thomas Bulkeley
Member of Parliament for Caernarvonshire
1705–1707
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Caernarvonshire
1707–1713
Succeeded by
William Griffith
Honorary titles
Preceded by
William Owen
Custos Rotulorum of Merionethshire
1678–1688
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Powis
Preceded by
Sir William Williams, Bt
Custos Rotulorum of Merionethshire
1690–1711
Succeeded by
Edward Vaughan
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sir Richard Wynn
Head of the House of Aberffraw
1674–1719
Succeeded by
Anwyl of Park Family
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Richard Wynn
Baronet
(of Gwydir)
1674–1719
Extinct