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WYNNE ( WYNNE-FINCH ) family, Voelas , near Pentrefoelas, Denbs.

This family, settled in Rhufoniog for several centuries, claimed descent from Marchweithian . There are alabaster effigies of RHYS AP , also called RHYS , of Plas Iolyn , standard-bearer in the battle of Bosworth Field , and of his wife Lowry , in Ysbyty Ifan church ( Syr Robert ap Rhys , son of Rhys Fawr and Lowry , is also represented by an alabaster effigy in Ysbyty Ifan church ; a chaplain to cardinal Wolsey , he was the father of Elis ap Rhys , i.e. Dr. Elis Prys (q.v.) (see also Vaughan family, Pant Glas ). Their eldest son, MAURICE GETHIN , steward of the abbey of Aberconway , m. Ann , daughter of David Myddelton ‘ Hen ,’ Gwenynog , receiver-general for North Wales in the time of Edward IV , and had a large family, the heir being CADWALADR WYNNE I , high sheriff of Denbighshire , 1548 , who, by a deed of partition 8 Feb. 1546 , executed by him and his brother, Robert Wynne (in whose memory and that of his wife — they d. in 1598 — there is a brass in Ysbyty Ifan church ), obtained Voelas Robert receiving Cernioge as a royal grant. His heir, ROBERT WYNN , steward to queen Elizabeth for the land of the abbey of Aberconway , m. Grace , a daughter of the house of Salusbury of Lleweni , and by her was the father of CADWALADR WYNNE II (d. 1612 ), high sheriff of Denbighshire in 1605 , who by his first wife, Anne ( Holland ) , of Berw , Anglesey , was the father of ROBERT WYNNE II (b. [ before 1602 ]), whose wife, whom he m. in 1645 , was Jane Thelwall , Plas y Ward . Robert Wynne , who was high sheriff of Denbighshire in 1631 , was succeeded by CADWALADR WYNNE III (buried at Conway 6 Feb. 1719/20 ), aged 79; he, by his second wife, Sidney (another Thelwall , of Plas y Ward ), was the father of CADWALADR WYNNE IV , who m., 1716 , Jane , daughter of Edward Griffith , Garn . Sidney (q.v. on p. 300), a daughter of this marriage, m. William Griffith of Cefn Amwlch, Caerns. ; the heir of this marriage (see article on Griffith , Cefn Amwlch ) was JOHN GRIFFITH , high sheriff of Caernarvonshire in 1765 , who died without an heir and bequeathed his Cefn Amwlch estate to his cousin, JANE WYNNE , Voelas .

The heir of Cadwaladr Wynne IV was WATKIN WYNNE ( 1717 - 1774 ), who was high sheriff of Denbighshire in 1755 , and who built the first church at Pentrefoelas ( 1766 ). He m. Jane , daughter of Richard Clayton , Leon Hall , Salop ; they were the parents of JANE WYNNE (d. 3 Oct. 1811 ), sole heiress of Voelas , and by the will of her cousin, John Griffith (above), Cefn Amwlch also. Jane Wynne m. ( 28 Dec. 1778 ) the hon. CHARLES FINCH ( 1752 - 1819 ), second son of Heneage , 3rd earl of Aylesford ( Jane Wynne 's sister, Elizabeth , m. Thomas Assheton Smith of Vaenol , q.v. ). The eldest son (and heir) of the Wynne-Finch marriage was CHARLES FINCH , afterwards called CHARLES WYNNE ( 1780 - 1865 ), who built the present church at Pentrefoelas . He was succeeded by his son CHARLES WYNNE , afterwards CHARLES FINCH (d. 1874 ), who was educated at Christ Church , Oxford . He it was who built the present house of Voelas ( 1865-8 ). He was Member of Parliament for Caernarvon boroughs , 1859-63 . His eldest son was CHARLES FINCH ( 1841 - 1903 ), who was succeeded at Voelas by his second son, and at Cefn Amwlch by the third son — the eldest son having d. in 1890 .


  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 326;
  • W. Rees , A History of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in Wales and on the Welsh border. Including an account of the Templars (Cardiff, 1947) (Cardiff, 1947 );
  • [ Miss E. P. Roberts has shown that Robert Wynne II was born before 1602, as Siôn Tudur, who d. in 1602, refers to him].


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959