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WYNN , GRIFFITH ( 1669? - 1736 ), cleric and translator ;

b. c. 1669 , son of Griffith Wynn , Mallwyd — he was 20 years old when he matriculated, 2 July 1689 , at Oxford , as from Oriel College (he graduated in 1693 ). He is remembered as the translator into Welsh of a work by Jeremy Taylor , Contemplations of the state of man in this life and in that which is to come , which was published at Chester by Roger Adams under the title of Ystyriaethau ar gyflwr dyn yn y bywyd hwn ac yn yr hwn sy i ddyfod . The work, which is undated, is assigned by William Rowlands ( Gwilym Lleyn ) — see Llyfryddiaeth y Cymry — to the year 1724 . There were two other editions, but W. M. Myddelton (see below) suggests that the first edition appeared about ten years later. The translator calls himself ‘ Offeiriad Llangadwaladr ,’ but his correct designation was that of ‘ Curate-in-charge ’; this is proved by the absence of his name from D. R. Thomas , Hist. of the Diocese of St. Asaph , and by reference to the translator and his work in note 2701 in W. M. Myddelton , Chirk Castle Accounts, 1666-1753 ( Horncastle , 1931 ), where it is shown that the sum of 18s. 6d. was paid to ‘ Mr. Griffith Wynn , Clearke , in full of my late Master's subscription for 12 Welsh Books of his Translation .’ This payment was made on 22 Sept. 1733 , ‘my late Master's being Robert Myddelton , Chirk Castle , who d. in 1733 , ‘12 Welsh Books’ means twelve copies of the one book. The work has an interesting list of subscribers, among these being ‘ Robert Middleton of Chirk Castle ,’ and ‘ Madam Middleton of Groes-Newydd .’ This Madam ( Mary ) Middleton left, in a codicil to her will, an annuity of five pounds to Griffith Wynn , who, however, predeceased her. He d. before 12 Nov. 1736 , on which day letters of administration were issued at S. Asaph to his brother, Roger Wynne .


  • To the references in the text add Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • S. Asaph Visitation Books in N.L.W.


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

Published date: 1959