Sir Owen Wynn, 3rd Baronet

Sir Owen Wynn, 3rd Baronet

Sir Owen Wynn, 3rd Baronet (1592–1660) inherited the family baronetcy, of Gwydyr, Wales in 1649 after the death of his brother Sir Richard Wynn, 2nd Baronet during the Civil War. Educated at Westminster School, Eton, and St John's College, Cambridge,[1] he was apprenticed to a merchant of the Staple in 1608, but eventually came under the patronage of Lord Keeper John Williams (later Archbishop of York), whose niece, Grace, he married in 1642. Like his elder brother, he took no active part in the Civil Wars. Although threatened with sequestration in 1656, he appears to have escaped and as High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire in 1653, he proclaimed Oliver Cromwell as Protector. He was High Sheriff of Denbighshire in 1656. He was interested in alchemy, chemistry, and metallurgy, and corresponded with John Davies of Mallwyd.

Owen was succeeded at Gwydir by his son Sir Richard Wynn, 4th Baronet in 1660.


  1. ^ So also ODNB, though he does not appear in Venn's Alumni Cantabrigienses.
  • D.N.B., lxiii; Cal. Wynn (of Gwydir) Papers, passim; Clenennau Letters, i, Introduction
  • Hist. Gwydir Family, passim; W. R. Williams, Parl. Hist. of Wales, passim
  • E. Breeze, Kalendars of Gwynedd, passim; Cymm., xxxviii
  • The Welsh Review, v, 187-191; Trans. Caern. Hist. Soc., 1939, 37-46; J. E. Griffith, Pedigrees, 280-1
  • E. G. Jones, ‘The Caernarvonshire Squires, 1558-1625’ (unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Wales).
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sir Richard Wynn
Head of the House of Aberffraw
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Wynn
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Richard Wynn
(of Gwydir)
1649–c. 1660
Succeeded by
Richard Wynn

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