WYNN, Sir William (1678-1754), of Bodvean, Caern.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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2 May 1749 - 20 May 1754

Family and Education

b. March 1678, s. of Griffith Wynn of Bodvean by Catherine, da. of William Vaughan of Corsygedol; uncle of Sir John Wynn, 2nd Bt. unm.  Kntd. 11 Oct. 1727.

Offices Held

Constable Harlech castle Dec. 1716- d.; lt. of band of gentlemen pensioners.


When on the death of Sir Thomas Wynn his son John felt unable to stand for Parliament, Sir William Wynn, a life-long Whig, was at Henry Pelham’s suggestion returned for Caernarvon Boroughs.1 In 1753, when John Wynn decided to stand himself for the county, Pelham and Lord Powis tried to persuade him to make room for William Bodvell in the boroughs, but John Wynn replied that he had already promised his uncle that he should retain the seat. William Wynn similarly refused Newcastle’s request to give it up to Bodvell,2 and was returned unopposed, 29 Apr. 1754. He died 20 May 1754, before Parliament met.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Peter D.G. Thomas


  • 1. Add. 32734, ff. 297-8.
  • 2. Add. 32995, ff. 110, 118, 126.