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GWYNNE , SACKVILLE ( c. 1751 - 1794 ),

a member of the great clan of Gwynne of Glanbrân , near Llandovery , whose mansion, destroyed by fire, now lies in ruin — for the family, see under Gwynne of Llanelwedd . According to W. R. Williams ( Old Wales , iii, 286-8), he was b. c. 1751 — if so, the references to him (in Welsh books) as ‘an old gentleman’ are rather misleading. He m., in 1772 at Dublin and without his father's knowledge, a daughter of one of the Glanbrân tenants, and accordingly parts of the estate were left ( 1774 ) to his younger brother. His wife d. in 1787 ; he re-married in 1793 , but d. before the birth of a daughter in Aug. 1794 . He was noted as a lover of the harp . Edward Jones ( Bardd y Brenin , q.v.) affirms that Gwynne was one of the finest players of his day upon the triple harp . He was also a patron of harpists — see, e.g. under Wood ; it was at Glanbrân that John Richards ( 1711 - 1789 ), a famous harp-maker of Llanrwst , d. (he was buried at Llanfair-ar-y-bryn , Llandovery ). As will be seen from the article Wood , the patronage of the harp at Glanbrân continued well into the 19th cent.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959