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The Williams Wynn Family

The Williams Wynn family became owners of the estate in 1718 when it was inherited from Sir John Wynn of Gwydir. This prompted the second baronet, Sir William Williams of Llanforda to add the surname Wynn.

The third baronet, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn was well know and the MP for Denbighshire from 1716 to 1741. He is remembered as one of the chief supporters of the Jacobite cause in North Wales. Unfortunately, he died as a result of a fall from his horse while hunting in nearby Acton Park.

He was succeeded by his son, the forth baronet, in 1749. As his father, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn was MP for Denbighshire from 1774 to 1789. Sir Wynn was well known for his understanding and appreciation of fine arts and built up a fine collection of paintings and artefacts.

Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, the fifth baronet was born in 1772. . He inherited the Wynnstay estate in 1789 aged 17. He continued the tradition and was MP for Denbighshire from 1796-1840 as well as Lord Lieutenant of Merionethshire and Denbighshire. It appears he was more interested in military issues rather than politics and raised a cavalry regiment in 1794, called the ĎAncient British Fenciblesí! This regiment took part in the suppression of the Irish rebellion. The fifth baronet died in 1840 aged 68.

He was followed by his son, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, sixth baronet who was born in 1820 and died in 1885.


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