WYNNE, Owen (c.1638-88), of Serjeants' Inn, Chancery Lane, London.

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.1638, 2nd s. of William Wynne of Melai, Denb., and bro. of John Wynne. educ. Kinnerley g.s. Salop; St. John’s, Camb. adm. 13 June 1654, aged 16; L. Inn 1657, called 1664. unm.1

Offices Held

King’s attorney, Wales and the marches 1671-6; commr. for assessment, Denb. 1673-80, Glam. 1677-80, Merion. 1679-80; second justice, Brecon circuit 1676-85, c.j. 1685-d.; j.p. Denb. 1682-d.; bencher, L. Inn 1683; member, council in the marches 1683-d.2

Serjeant-at-law 1684-d.


Wynne has to be distinguished from his better-known contemporary who was under-secretary and later biographer of Sir Leoline Jenkins. He was a lawyer, who acted as deputy to his uncle, Sir Richard Lloyd I, before succeeding him as King’s attorney in 1671. Five years later he was appointed a judge on the Brecon circuit, which included Radnorshire. Returned for the borough seat in 1685, ‘Serjeant Wynne’ was a moderately active Member of James II’s Parliament. He was named to the committee of elections and privileges and to those to estimate the yield of a tax on new buildings and to encourage woollen manufactures. Unlike his brother, he gave affirmative answers on the repeal of the Test Act and Penal Laws. He died at Serjeants’ Inn before 26 Nov. 1688 and was buried in Lincoln’s Inn Chapel.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Leonard Naylor


  • 1. N. and Q. (ser. 4), v. 284.
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1671, p. 275; 1676-7, p. 119; 1683-4, p. 65.
  • 3. DWB; PCC 88 Ent; Black Bk. of L. Inn, iii. 167; Add. 14881, f. 135.