WYNNE, John (1689-1718), of Melai, Denb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1713 - 1715

Family and Education

b. 6 Feb. 1689, o. s. of William Wynne of Melai by Margaret, da. and h. of Hugh Lloyd Rossendale of Denbigh.  educ. Jesus, Oxf. 1704.  m. 7 Apr. 1713, Sydney (d. 1751), da. of Sir William Williams, 2nd Bt.*, sis. of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd Bt.†, Richard† and Robert Williams†, 1s. d.v.p., 2da. (1 d.v.p.).  suc. fa. 1693.1

Offices Held

Common councilman, Denbigh 1707–d., mayor 1712, alderman 1715–16, 1717–18; sheriff, Denb. 1711–12.2


Wynne’s ancestors had resided at Melai since the late 14th century, though the first to enter Parliament had been his grandfather John, returned as knight of the shire at a by-election in 1664. The family’s political tradition was one of Cavalier loyalism, and of co-operation with the dominant Tory interest in Denbighshire – the Myddeltons of Chirk Castle. While an adoles