WILLIAMS, Sir William, 2nd Bt. (c.1665-1740), of Glascoed, Llansilin, Denb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Constituency

Dates

1708 - 1710

Family and Education

b. c.1665, 1st s. of Sir William Williams, 1st Bt.*  m. (1) 1684, Jane (d. 1706), da. and coh. of Edward Thelwall of Plas y Ward, Denb., 4s. (1 d.v.p.) 2da.; (2) Catherine, da. of Mytton Davies of Gwysan, Flints., s.psuc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 11 July 1700.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Denb. 1695–6, Mont. 1704–5, Merion. 1705–6, Caern. 1706–7; steward of Bromfield and Yale manors, Denb. ?1719–d.2

Biography

Williams, son of a remarkable father and father of a remarkable son, was himself an undistinguished country squire. Though he stood in 1690 against Edward Brereton* in Denbigh Boroughs, he shared the Tory sympathies of his father’s last years, possibly influenced by his wife’s cousin, Sir John Wynn, 5th Bt.*, to whom Williams’ own eldest son was heir presumptive. In 1702, for example, he gave his interest willingly to Tory candidates in both Denbighshire constituencies. Granted a month’s leave of absence on 4 Mar. 1709, Williams proved his Tory sympathies in the f