WYNN, Thomas (1677-1749), of Glynnllivon and Bodvean, Caern.
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Family and Education
b. Mar. 1677, 1st s. of Griffith Wynn of Bodvean by Catherine, da. of William Vaughan of Corsygedol, Merion.; bro. of Sir William Wynn. m. bef. 1701, Frances, da. and coh. of John Glynn of Glynnllivon, l.c.j. of common pleas, 1s. 4da. suc. fa. 1680; cr. Bt. 25 Oct. 1742.
Equerry to Prince of Wales 1714-24, clerk of the household to Prince of Wales Oct. 1724-7; constable of Caernarvon castle, forester of Snowdon and steward of Bardsey 1724-7; clerk of the Green Cloth 1727-d.; equerry to George II 1727-d.
Sheriff, Caern. Jan.-Dec. 1712.
Thomas Wynn founded the fortunes of his family by marrying the heiress to the Glynnllivon estate, building up a dominating position in Caernarvonshire politics. At George I’s accession he received a post in the household of the Prince of Wales, to whom he owed the various places and titles subsequently conferred on himself and his brother, Sir William Wynn. In 1721 the report of the secret committee of inquiry into the South Sea bubble disclosed that he was one of the members who had accepted stock from the Company without paying for it.1 Except from 1717 to 1720, when he followed his master into opposition during the quarrel in the royal family, he voted with the Government in every recorded division till his death, 13 Apr. 1749.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Peter D.G. Thomas
- 1. CJ, xix. 575.