OWEN, William (?1697-1781), of Orielton, Pemb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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13 Nov. 1722 - 1747
1747 - 1761

Family and Education

b. ?1697, 1st s. of Sir Arthur Owen, 3rd Bt., and bro. of John Owen of Bath. educ. New Coll. Oxf. 16 June 1713, aged 16. m. (1) 12 Dec. 1725, Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Lloyd of Grove, Pemb., 1da., (2) 26 July 1728, his cos. Anne (d. 21 Dec. 1764), da. of John Williams of Chester, 2s. 2da. suc. fa. as 4th Bt. 6 June 1753.1

Offices Held

Ld. lt. Pemb. 1753-78.


Returned for Pembroke on the Orielton interest in 1722, Owen voted with the Administration in every recorded division. In a published list of the placemen who voted for the Spanish convention in 1739, he is shown as having ‘two brothers captains of Dragoons and his third brother lieutenant in the Guards’.2 He continued to represent Pembroke till 1747, when he was returned for both the boroughs and the county, choosing to sit for the latter. In 1753 he succeeded his father as lord lieutenant of Pembrokeshire, after writing to Newcastle:

I have received an account of my father’s death who was ... lieutenant and custos of the county of Pembroke and Haverfordwest and had some other grants ... which obligeth me to trouble your Grace to beg your application to his Majesty for me to succeed my father ... in which trusts no man can have his Majesty’s interest and his administration more at heart.3

He died 7 May 1781.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Ex inf. Cdr. C. H. H. Owen.
  • 2. Gent. Mag. 1739, p. 306.
  • 3. Add. 32732, f. 26.