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GWYN , FRANCIS ( 1648? - 1734 ), politician ;

son and heir of Edward Gwyn of Llansannor, Glam. , and Eleanor , youngest daughter of Sir Francis Popham of Littlecott , Wiltshire , he was b. at Combe Florey , Somerset , in 1648 or 1649 . He matriculated at Christ Church , Oxford , 1 June 1666 , aged seventeen, and became a student of the Middle Temple in 1667 . He was called to the Bar but later forsook law for politics and between 1673 and 1727 he sat in fifteen parliaments representing several constituencies, including Cardiff , 1685-7 . A Tory and an intimate friend of Rochester , he held important offices and was secretary at war , 1713-14 . He was appointed chamberlain of Brecon , 15 Oct. 1681 . By his marriage with Margaret , third daughter of Edmund Prideaux , he acquired the Ford Abbey estates in Devon . He d. at Ford Abbey 2 June 1734 .

He was succeeded by a son, FRANCIS GWYN , who d. childless, and on his decease the Llansannor property passed to ANTHONY GWYN , a cousin. After him the family of Gwyn , a branch of the Herberts , became extinct.

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales , 1895 ;
  • Foster Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • G. T. Clark , Limbus Patrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae , 1886

Author:

Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959