Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 6th Baronet
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. 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 to the baronetcy on 6 January 1840. He was also at Magdalene College, Cambridge and graduated MA in 1842.
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.
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 ADC to Queen Victoria in 1881. He hunted four days a week, having been appointed master of the hunt at 23. He was a director of the Great Western Railway.
After Wynnstay was almost totally destroyed by fire in 1858, Sir Watkin rebuilt 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, KCB, on 28 April 1852. He had two daughters, Marie Nesta Williams Wynn (23 October 1868–26 January 1883) who is commemorated by a stained glass window at Ruabon parish church, and Louisa Alexandra Williams Wynn (1864–1911), 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.
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
- "Wynn, Sir Watkin Williams (WN842WW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Hugh Cholmondeley and
| Member of Parliament for Denbighshire
With: William Bagot, to 1852
Robert Myddleton-Biddulph, 1852–1868
George Osborne Morgan, from 1868
George Osborne Morgan and
Sir Herbert Williams-Wynn
|Baronetage of England|
(of Gray's Inn)