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WYNN , WILLIAM ( 1709 - 1760 ), cleric, antiquary, and poet ;

his father, William Wynn , Maesyneuadd , Llandecwyn, Mer. (see the article on that family), was high sheriff ( 1714 ), his mother, Margaret , daughter and heiress of Roger Lloyd of Rhagad , was related to such well-established houses as Nannau and Helygen . Wynn matriculated as of Jesus College , Oxford , 14 March 1727 , graduating B.A. 12 Oct. 1730 , and M.A. 15 July 1735 . He was licensed as deacon at Watlington , near Oxford , 22 Sept. 1734 , and became vicar of Llanbryn-mair 9 June 1739 . At Llanbryn-mair he was involved in a dispute with Howel Harris ( Nov. 1740 ). He m. Martha Roberts of Rhyd-onnen , Llandysilio , near Denbigh , 6 Aug. 1742 ; Wynn refers to children of this marriage ( Panton MS. 58 (185) ), as does William Morris ( Morris Letters , ii, 168). His son, Robert , matriculated as of Jesus College , 31 March 1762 , and a daughter, Margaret , was buried at Llanbryn-mair 12 March 1747 . On accepting the living of Manafon , 15 March 1747 , Wynn went to live at Berriw , and the living of Llangynhafal was given him in addition to Manafon , 28 April 1749 . He came to live at Llangynhafal in 1751 , and there he d. 18 Jan. 1760 , and was buried 22 Jan. He was interested in Welsh antiquities and literature , corresponding with his friends within the Morrisian circle, mainly on these topics, in the light of manuscripts which he had collected and copied. He composed a few cywyddau , ballads, carols, and englynion on the usual subjects of his circle and his period. And though he had not the greatness of Goronwy Owen or Lewis Morris , by his learning and by collecting manuscripts , by his letters and his poetry, with others of the Morrisian circle he helped to recover the tradition of Welsh poesy which had been neglected in the previous two centuries.

Sources:

  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 283, 299;
  • registers of parishes named above;
  • Institution Books of dioceses of Oxford and S. Asaph;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , XXV, ii, 432;
  • The Letters of Lewis, Richard, William, and John Morris, of Anglesey, (Morrisiaid Môn) 1728-1765 (1907–9) (forty references; see index);
  • Y Cymmrodor , XLIX, i (index);
  • poems in Blodeu-Gerdd Cymry (1759) ( Jones , ed.), 1759 and 1779 ;
  • Dewisol Ganiadau yr oes hon Yn ddwy rhann Y rhann gyntaf. Sydd yn cynwys englynion, cywyddau ac awdlau, o waith yr awduriaid goreu yn yr oes bresennol Yr ail rhann. Carolau plygain a cherddi newyddion, na fuant yn argraphedig erioed o'r blaen. O waith llawer o beirdd Cymru (Shrewsbury, 1779) , 1759 , and Llu o Ganiadau, neu gasgliad o garolau a cherddi dewisedig (Oswestry, 1798) , 1798 , and in Mostyn MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 165.

Author:

Reverend Robert Gwilym Hughes, M.A., B.D., (1910-97), Holyhead / Mold

Published date: 1959