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Wynn, Williams family, baronets, of Wynnstay

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Date: 1100-2000
History:

Sir William Williams (1634-1700), son and heir of Hugh Williams of Nantanog, Llantrisant (Anglesey), was Speaker of the House of Commons and Solicitor-General, and was created a baronet in 1688. He added to his Anglesey inheritance by purchasing Llanforda (Shropshire) from Edward Lloyd and Glantanat (Denbighshire) from Edward Thelwall, and by acquiring Glascoed (Denbighshire) through marriage to Margaret, daughter and co-heir of Watkin Kyffin (d. 1670). The Shropshire and Denbighshire estates descended to his son the 2nd Bt (d. 1740), who had acquired Plas-y-Ward (Denbighshire) through marriage to Jane, daughter and heir of Edward Thelwall. The property in Angelsey and at Bodelwyddan (Flintshire) was settled on a second son, John Williams of Chester, from whom descended the Williams baronets of Bodelwyddan.

Sir Watkin Williams, 3rd Bt (1692-1749), succeeded by will to the estates of Sir John Wynn, 5th Bt (d. 1719), whose father was a younger son of Sir John Wynn, 1st Bt, of Gwydir (d. 1627). Wynn (on whose death the baronetcy expired) had succeeded his cousin the 4th Bt, but the main Gwydir estates had passed to the 4th Bt's daughter and her husband the 1st Duke of Ancaster (see Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, Earls of Ancaster). Wynn did, however, inherit some property from his father Henry Wynn and other members of the Wynn family, including Maenan (Carnarvonshire), Glasinfryn (Anglesey and Carnarvonshire) and Eglwysfach (Denbighshire). Other acquisitions by Wynn included the manors of Valle Crucis and Wrexham Abbot (Denbighshire), while Rhiwgoch (Merionethshire), his mother's inheritance, was settled on him at his marriage. He also purchased property in Shropshire, including the manors of Stanwardine and Much Wenlock, and came into possession of Watstay (Denbighshire) through marriage to Jane, daughter and heir of Eyton Evans. When Sir Watkin Williams inherited Sir John Wynn's estates he renamed this seat Wynnstay and assumed the additional name of Wynn.

The marriage of the 3rd Bt to Anne (d. 1748), daughter and heir of Edward Vaughan, brought the Vaughan estates of Llwydiarth (Montgomeryshire), Llangedwyn (Denbighshire) and Glan-y-llyn (Merionethshire), and the former Purcell manor of Talerddig (Montgomeryshire). Further property, including the lordship of Cyfeiliog (Montgomeryshire), was purchased during the minority of the 4th Bt. In 1857 Maenan (Carnarvonshire) was sold, and extensive purchases of Crown lands in Denbighshire were made.

Estates in 1883: Montgomeryshire 70,559 acres, Merionethshire 42,044 acres, Denbighshire 28,721 acres, Cardiganshire 361 acres, Flintshire 224 acres, Salop 3,856 acres, Cheshire 5 acres, total 145,770 acres worth £54,575 a year.

Places:
  • Bromfield, Denbighshire
  • Cefn, Denbighshire
  • Chirk, Denbighshire
  • Chwaen, Anglesey
  • Cyfeiliog, Montgomeryshire
  • Darowen, Montgomeryshire
  • Derwen, Denbighshire
  • Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire
  • Glascoed, Denbighshire
  • Llanbadarnfawr, Cardiganshire
  • Llanfor, Merionethshire
  • Llangollen, Denbighshire
  • Llangurig, Montgomeryshire
  • Llansilin, Denbighshire
  • Llantrisant, Anglesey
  • Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire
  • Maenan, Caernarfonshire
  • Mallwyd, Merionethshire
  • Much Wenlock, Shropshire
  • Oswestry, Shropshire
  • Overton, Flintshire
  • Ruabon, Denbighshire
  • Ruthin, Denbighshire
  • Trawsfynydd, Merionethshire
  • Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire
  • Valle Crucis, Denbighshire
  • Westminster, Middlesex
  • Wrexham, Denbighshire
  • Wynnstay, Denbighshire
  • Yale, Denbighshire
  • Hopeowen, Flintshire
  • Bangor Isycoed, Flintshire
  • Glan-llyn, Merionethshire
  • Rhiwgoch, Merionethshire
  • Tilston, Cheshire
  • Llanforda, Shropshire
  • Stanwardine, Shropshire
  • Hirnant, Montgomeryshire
  • Overgorther, Montgomeryshire
  • Strata Marcella, Montgomeryshire
  • Talerddig, Montgomeryshire
  • Overley, Shropshire
  • Trefar-Clawdd, Shropshire
  • Glantanat, Denbighshire
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Guide to Principal Estate and Family Collections L-W, 1999.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F85704 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F8992 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
12th cent-20th cent: Denbighshire (Llansilin, Ruabon, Wynnstay, etc), Merionethshire (Trawsfynydd, etc), Montgomeryshire (Darowen, Hirnant, Trefeglwys, etc) and Salop (Oswestry, etc) deeds, legal and trust papers, manorial records, rentals, accounts, estate, mining, quarrying and Williams, Wynn and Williams Wynn family papers 12th-20th cent, Caernarfonshire (Maenan, etc), Cardiganshire (Llanbadarnfawr, etc), Flintshire (Hopeowen, etc) and Cheshire (Tilston, etc) estate papers 17th-20th cent, Chwaen Isaf (Anglesey) estate rentals 17th cent, household papers for Wynnstay (Denbighshire) and St James's Square (Westminster) 17th-19th cent and Wimbledon (Surrey) 1641-49 and papers rel to the Kyffin, Lloyd, Price, Purcell, Thelwall, Vaughan and Wynn of Gwydir families and their estates mainly 15th-18th cent, etc
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 30545 Williams-Wynn

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115a]
2
18th cent-20th cent: Denbighshire (Derwen, Llansilin, etc), Merionethshire (Llanfor, Mallwyd, etc), Montgomeryshire (Darowen, Hirnant, etc) and Salop (Oswestry, etc) deeds, legal and estate papers 18th-20th cent, with election papers of the 6th Bt 1868
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 34473

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115b]
3
1719-1869: Denbighshire, Merionethshire, Montgomeryshire and Caernarfonshire estate rental 1719, with accounts of chief rents in Trefeglwys and Llangurig (Montgomeryshire) 1825-69
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 39382 Powysland Club

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115c]
4
1725-1726: Denbighshire, Merionethshire, Montgomeryshire and Caernarfonshire estate rental and accounts
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115d]
5
12th-20th cent: Denbighshire (Llangollen, Llansilin, Ruabon, Wynnstay, Wrexham, etc), Merionethshire (Mallwyd, Trawsfynydd, etc), Montgomeryshire (Darowen, Hirnant, Trefeglwys, etc) and Salop (Oswestry, etc) deeds, legal and trust papers, manorial records, rentals, accounts, estate, mining, quarrying and Williams, Wynn and Williams Wynn family papers 12th-20th cent, misc Caernarfonshire (Maenan, etc) deeds and papers mainly 16th-18th cent, Wynnstay (Denbighshire) and St James's Square (Westminster) household and building papers 18th-20th cent and papers rel to the Evans, Eyton, Kyffin, Thelwall and Vaughan families and their estates 15th-20th cent, with account roll of the Duke of Buckingham's Salop estate 1519-20, particulars of the Earl of Leicester's Montgomeryshire estate 1620-21, etc
North East Wales Archives (NEWA), Denbighshire Archives
NRA 27821

See HMCF Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115i]
6
18th cent-19th cent: Wynnstay (Denbighshire) library catalogue 1840 and notebooks, travel journals and corresp of Frances Williams Wynn 18th-19th cent
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115g]
7
1908-1910: Wynnstay (Denbighshire) estate day book
North East Wales Archives (NEWA), Denbighshire Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115j]
8
c1848-1937: Denbighshire (Wrexham, etc) manorial records and steward's papers
North East Wales Archives (NEWA), Denbighshire Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115, Related Collections]
9
1422-1883: Cefn (Denbighshire) estate and Lloyd and Williams Wynn family papers
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 37189 Plas-yn-Cefn
10
1785-1811: Merionethshire (Glan-llyn, etc) estate rental and accounts
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 40909 Davies

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115e]
11
19th cent-20th cent: Montgomeryshire (Cyfeiliog, Machynlleth, etc) legal, manorial and estate papers
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [115f]
12
1735-1752: Llanforda (Salop) estate accounts 1740-47 and Williams Wynn family executorship papers 1735-52, incl inventory of plate at Wynnstay (Denbighshire) and elsewhere 1749
North East Wales Archives (NEWA), Flintshire Record Office
NRA 37280 Wynne-Eyton
13
17th cent-19th cent: Williams Wynn family papers 17th-19th cent, mainly papers of Sir William Williams 1st Bt (1634-1700)
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 22799 Williams-Wynn
14
c1677-1700: papers of Sir William Williams 1st Bt (1634-1700)
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 26605 Owen
15
c1808-1812: misc receipts and accounts of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn 5th Bt (1772-1840)
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 33982 Smallwood

See HMC Principal family and estate papers L-W, 1999 [115h]
16
1798: letters of the 5th Bt rel to military service in Ireland
North East Wales Archives (NEWA), Flintshire Record Office
NRA 26972

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