GWYN, Francis (?1648-1734), of Llansannor, Glam. and Forde Abbey, Dorset.
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Family and Education
b. ?1648, 1st s. of Edward Gwyn by Eleanor, da. of Sir Francis Popham of Littlecote, Wilts. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1 June 1666, aged 17; M. Temple 1667. m. 1690, his cos. Margaret, da. and h. of Edmund Prideaux, M.P., of Forde Abbey, Dorset, 4s. 3da.
Commr. of revenue [I] 1676-81; clerk of P.C. 1679-85, prothonotary and clerk of the Crown for Glam., Brec. and Rad. 1680; under-sec. of state 1680-3, 1688-9; groom of the bedchamber to the King 1683-5; joint sec. to Treasury 1685-7; commr. of accounts 1696-7; sec. to ld. lt. [I] 1701; P.C. [I] 1701; ld. of Trade 1711-3; sec. at war 1713-Sept. 1714; recorder, Totnes and steward, Brecknock.
A prominent Tory, closely attached to Lord Rochester, Francis Gwyn lost both his office and his seat on the accession of George I. Re-elected for Christchurch in 1717, he voted against the Government. In 1722 he was returned for Wells as well as for Christchurch, making his election for the former. He took little active part in politics, spending much of his time in antiquarian studies.1 In 1727 he stood down in favour of his son, Edward Prideaux Gwyn, dying 14 June 1734, aged 86.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Shirley Matthews
- 1. Hearne, Colls. (Oxf. Hist. Soc.) vi. 194; xi. 359; HMC Popham, 254-6.