Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 9th Baronet

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Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 9th Baronet
Born Robert William Herbert Watkin Williams-Wynn
1862
Wales
Died 23 November 1951
Residence St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales[1]
Nationality Welsh
Citizenship British
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Employer British Army and Crown
Title 9th Baronet, of Bodelwyddan and of Gray's Inn
Children Owen Watkin Williams-Wynn

Sir Robert William Herbert Watkin Williams-Wynn, 9th Baronet KCB DSO, of Bodelwyddan in the County of Flint, and of Gray's Inn in the county of Middlesex (1862 – 23 November 1951), was a Welsh soldier and landowner.

He was Master of the Flint and Denbigh Foxhounds for fifty-eight years and also Lord Lieutenant of Denbighshire from 1928 until his death in 1951.

Background and early life[edit]

Williams-Wynn was the son of Colonel Herbert Watkin Williams-Wynn, a younger son of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 5th Baronet (1772–1840), and was educated at Wellington and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

One of the few members of the surviving ancient Welsh nobility, at the time of his death Williams-Wynn was the closest certain heir of the House of Aberffraw, the former ruling family of Gwynedd and Wales, who were deposed in the English Conquest of 1282. The Williams-Wynn baronets were an important family of Denbighshire landowners, whose 17th century ancestor had married into the Wynn family of Gwydir, the patrilineal descendants of Owain Gwynedd, Prince of Gwynedd (1137–1170), and in time they became the senior surviving branch of his family. On the death of Sir John Wynn in 1719, his heiress Jane Thelwall inherited both the Wynnstay estate and the Wynn claim to Aberffraw. Her husband Watkin Williams then added the Wynn family name to his own.[2]

Life and career[edit]

In 1886, after Oxford, Williams-Wynn joined the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, and on 13 August 1887 he was promoted to captain. He volunteered for service in the Second Boer War, and was appointed a captain in the Imperial Yeomanry on 24 February 1900,[3] serving in the 31st Company of the 9th Battalion. After arrival in South Africa, he saw active service in the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony and was on the staff of Lord Chesham. He was promoted to major on 14 May 1902.[4] For his service during the war, he was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in the South Africa Honours list published on 26 June 1902.[5] From 1905 to 1917 he was the colonel commanding the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry and saw further active service in Egypt during the First World War, when he was three times mentioned in dispatches and held two district commands.[1]

He stood unsuccessfully for parliament in 1894, 1895, and 1900, as a Conservative in Montgomeryshire.

In 1928 Williams-Wynn was appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Denbighshire, remaining in post until his death in 1951. He was also a Justice of the Peace for Denbighshire and Flintshire and was Master of the Flint and Denbigh Foxhounds for fifty-eight years, from 1888 to 1946. In 1938 he was knighted by being appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB). In 1949, at the age of eighty-seven, he inherited the Williams-Wynn Baronetcy and estates from a cousin, Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 8th Baronet (1891–1949),[1] who had died without a surviving son. (The latter's namesake son, Watkin Williams-Wynn, had died while serving as Lieutenant in the 1st Royal Dragoons in 1946.)[6]

Marriage and children[edit]

In 1904, Williams-Wynn married Elizabeth Ida Lowther, the daughter of G. W. Lowther, and they had two sons, of whom Owen Watkin was heir to the title and estates, and two daughters.[1]

Honours[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g 'Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn' (obituary) in The Times (London), issue 52169 dated 27 November 1951, p. 6
  2. ^ Jacob Youde William Lloyd, The history of the princes, the lords marcher, and the ancient nobility of Powys Fadog, and the ancient lords of Arwystli, Cedewen, and Meirionydd, vol. 6 (T. Richards, 1887), pp. 47–49
  3. ^ "No. 27168". The London Gazette. 23 February 1900. p. 1255. 
  4. ^ "No. 27441". The London Gazette. 10 June 1902. p. 3756. 
  5. ^ a b "No. 27448". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 June 1902. pp. 4191–4192. 
  6. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty record, Lieutenant Watkin Williams-Wynn.
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Watkin Williams-Wynn
Baronet
(of Bodelwyddan in Flint,
and of Gray's Inn)
1949–1951
Succeeded by
Owen Watkin Williams-Wynn