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WYNN and OWEN families, of Glyn (Glyn Cywarch), Mer. , and Brogyntyn , Salop . This family traces its descent from Osbwrn Wyddel (‘ Osborn the Irishman ,’ q.v.) , a member of the Geraldine clan . EINION , living 16 Oct. 1380 , and fifth in descent from Osbwrn , m. Tanglwst , daughter of Rhydderch ab Ieuan Llwyd , of Gogerddan, Cards. He was succeeded by IFAN (living 6 Oct. 1427 ), RHYS , and IFAN (living 4 March 1513 ), who m. Laurea , daughter of Richard Bamville , of the Wirral , Cheshire , probably before 1 Oct. 1499 . This Ifan , who is also referred to as IEUAN AP , had released to him certain lands which became part of the Glyn estate ‘ which are stated to have been previously pledged by Richard Bamville ’ ( W. W. E. Wynne , Pedigree of … Wynne of Peniarth , 1872 ). ‘ Through this marriage, Glyn , and much of the property in the parish of Llanvihangel y Traethau , came into the family, but probably there was no mansion house at Glyn at so early a period ’ ( Wynne , op. cit.). JOHN AP , the heir of this marriage, and described as of Glyn , was living on 27 Nov. 1545 . His son, ROBERT (d. 1589 ), m. (probably in 1544 ) Katherine , daughter of Ellis ap Maurice of Clenennau, Caerns. , and was the father of MAURICE AP (d. between 9 Feb. 1609/10 and 16 April 1610 ), who was escheator of the county of Merioneth upon 19 Oct. 1604 . It was by his second wife, Annes , daughter of Robert ap Richard of Llecheiddior, Caerns. , that Maurice was the father of WILLIAM WYNN (d. 1658 ), high sheriff of Merioneth in 1618 and again in 1637 . In 1611 William Wynn m. Catherine (d. 23 Feb. 1638/9 ), daughter of William Lewis Anwyl , of Park , Llanfrothen — see Anwyl family of Park . It was this William Wynn who built the present house of Glyn ; for details, see the article by lord Harlech in Journal of the Merioneth Hist. Soc. , i, 9-11.

The heir of William Wynn and Catherine ( Anwyl ) was ROBERT WYNN (d. 1670 ), of Glyn and Ystumcegid , high sheriff of Merioneth in 1656-7 and 1668-9 . By his wife, Catherine (d. 1675 ), daughter and co-heiress of Robert Owen of Ystumcegid , he was the father of OWEN WYNN (d. 1682/3 ), of Glyn and Ystumcegid , who m. Elizabeth , daughter and heiress of Robert Mostyn , of Nant, Flints. , the issue of the marriage being two daughters, (1) MARGARET (d. 1727 ), who m. Sir ROBERT OWEN (d. 1698 ) , of Clenennau and Brogyntyn who was Member of Parliament for Merioneth , 1681-85 , and was elected for Caernarvon boroughs in 1698 ( Sir Robert Owen was grandson of Sir John Owen of Clenennau , 16001666 q.v. , the Royalist soldier ; through his mother, Catherine , daughter and heiress of Lewis Anwyl , Park , Llanfrothen , he inherited the Anwyl library , included in which was a copy of a Shakespeare ‘ Folio ,’ lately at Brogyntyn ), and (2) Catherine (d. 1700 ), who became the first wife of Peter Pennant , of Bychton, Flints.

Lady ( Margaret ) Owen and her husband were neighbours of Ellis Wynne (q.v.) , author of Gweledigaethau y Bardd Cwsc , who wrote to the husband on 16 Sept. 1697 soliciting his help in regard to difficulties which had arisen in regard to the estate of the writer's uncle, John Jones , of Uwchlaw'r Coed , and, on 9 Nov. 1706 , to lady ( Margaret ) Owen , by then a widow, asking her and her son, William Owen , to let him and his parishioners of Llandanwg have the old Shire Hall at Harlech for conversion into a chapel-of-ease; both letters are in the Brogyntyn collection in N.L.W. — see Ellis Wynn: Dauganmlwyddiant , published by the National Library in 1934 .

The heir of Sir Robert Owen and lady ( Margaret ) Owen was WILLIAM OWEN (d. 1768 ) who m. Mary , daughter of Henry Godolphin , dean of S. Paul's and provost of Eton (see Godolphin papers in Brogyntyn collection in N.L.W. , and an account in Etoniana , 1939 ), leaving as (eventual) heiress a daughter, another MARGARET OWEN , who m. Owen Ormsby (d. 1804 ), of Willowbrook , Co. Sligo , Ireland (he, incidentally, had a Welsh mother, Hannah Wynne , a descendant of the Wynns of Gwydir ); the issue of the marriage was MARY ORMSBY (d. 1869 ), heiress of Glyn , Clenennau , and Brogyntyn . By her marriage ( 1815 ) to William Gore (d. 1860 ), Mary Jane Ormsby became the mother of JOHN ORMSBY ( 18161876 ), who was created baron Harlech 11 Jan. 1876 .

Bibliography:

  • To the references already given in the text add J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families , 1914 ;
  • Lord Harlech , ‘The Brogyntyn Library of Printed Books,’ in The National Library of Wales Journal , v, 165-74;
  • ‘Phylipiaid Ardudwy,’ in Y Cymmrodor ., xlii.

Author:

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