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Wynnstay, Seat of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn Bart.

Wynnstay, Seat of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn Bart.

Artist: Sandby, P.

Medium: Etching, coloured

Date: 1776

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVII

Item number: 10.b

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the Wynnstay park estate in North Wales. The estate was very large. Covering more than 100,000 acres of land which was accumulated as successive generations bought, inherited and married into land. It was Hugh Williams (1596-1670) who established the family fortune. He trained as a lawyer, became Speaker in the House of Commons and eventually attorney general to James I. His grandson Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (1692- 1749)considerably extended the estate- He was an MP for Denbighshire and he inherited his grandfather’s land as well as the land of Wynnstay which had belonging to his mother. He also gained more land when he married Ann, daughter and heiress of Edward Vaughan of Llwydiarth and Llangedwyn. He commissioned the large mansion and stables in the grounds. His son and heir, Sir Watkin Wil]iams-Wynn, Bart. (1749-1789), was the father of another Sir Watkin, the 5th baronet.

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