Caernarvonshire

County

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Elections

DateCandidate
1558/9ROBERT PUGH 1
13 Jan. 1563MAURICE WYNN
1571JOHN WYN AP HUGH
23 Apr. 1572JOHN GWYNNE II
1 July 1574 (new writ)WILLIAM THOMAS I vice Gwynne, deceased.2
1584WILLIAM THOMAS I 3
1586JOHN WYNN
16 Oct. 1588HUGH GWYN alias Bodvel
1593WILLIAM MAURICE
5 Oct. 1597WILLIAM GRIFFITH II 4
30 Sept. 1601WILLIAM JONES

Main Article

During Elizabeth’s reign the Wynns of Gwydir were the leading family in Caernarvonshire and three members of the family took county seats. Despite the difference in surname, Maurice Wynn (1563) and John Gwynne II (1572) were brothers. Maurice, as eldest son of John Wynn ap Meredydd, had succeeded to the Gwydir estates in 1559, while John had left Wales to make his future in Cambridge and London, where he s