WYNN, Sir John (1628-1719), of Rhiwgoch, Merion. and Wynnstay, Denb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

b. c.1628, o.s. of Henry Wynn. educ. I. Temple 1646, called 1653; travelled abroad 1653. m. Jane (d. 18 Feb. 1676), da. and h. of Eyton Evans of Watstay (later Wynnstay), Denb., s.p. legit. Kntd. 23 Mar. 1663; suc. fa. 1671, cos. Sir Richard Wynn, 4th Bt. 30 Oct. 1674.1

Offices Held

J.p. Denb. and Merion. July 1660-Apr. 1688; Oct. 1688-96, 1700-d., Caern. 1702-?d.; commr. for assessment, Denb. Aug. 1660-80, Merion. 1661-80, Caern. 1677-80, Mdx. 1679-80, Denb. and Merion. 1689-90; dep. lt. Denb. c. Aug. 1660-Feb. 1688, Denb. and Merion. 1689-96, 1703-?d.; steward of Bromfield and Yale manors, Denb. 1671-d.; sheriff, Denb. 1671-3, Caern. 1674-5, Merion. 1675-6; custos rot. Merion. 1678-Apr. 1688, 1690-6, 1700-11; common councilman, Denbigh 1691-d., ‘alderman’ 1695-6.2


Wynn inherited little from his father, but he acquired by marriage the estate of Watstay, which he renamed after his own family. He hoped to succeed his father as knight of the shire in 1673, but was disappointed. His status improved in the following year when he inherited the Wynn baronetcy, though not the bulk of the Gwydir property, which eventually passed to Lord Willoughby de Eresby (Robert Bertie II).3

From the first general election of 1679 until 1713, Wynn served in every Parliament but those of 1681 and 1695-8, owing his seat more to ‘his presents ... than his parts or person’. Classed as ‘doubtful’ on Shaftesbury’s list, he was an active Member of the first Exclusion Parliament, in which he was named to 22 committees, including those for the habeas corpus amendment bill, for the speedier conviction of recusants, for security against Popery and for inspecting the Lords’ Journals about the lords in the Tower. He helped to draw up the bill to continue the prohibition on the import of Irish cattle, but he did not speak. He voted against exclusion, but refused to make way for Lord Willoughby in September. He was also active in the second Exclusion Parliament, in which the most important of his twelve committ