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Welsh History Review

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Vol. 9, nos. 1-4 1978-79

The Wynns of Gwydir and Parliamentary elections in Wales, 1604-40

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Bulkeley that the Wynns became involved in the successful return
of John Mostyn of Tregamedd for the county in 1624.65 Owen Wynn
was busily assessing electoral prospects in north Wales before the
election to James's final parliament and took the opportunity
afforded by a funeral to win the approval of Richard Bulkeley and
other leading Anglesey gentry to the candidacy of Sir John Wynn's
kinsman by marriage, John Mostyn, for Anglesey. They were ready
to back Mostyn but feared the competition of Sir Sackville Trevor,
'who dwelling in the country & are of them, must be preferred before
a stranger'. However, Sir John Bodvel, Sir John Wynn's son-in-law,
promised to nominate Mostyn at the next quarter sessions at
Beaumaris, while Sir Thomas Holland suggested that Mostyn's
father, Sir Roger, should 'procure Sir James Whitelocke's letter to
the justices of the peace of their country in the behalf of Jack Mostyn
& that would strike it dead'. Whether Whitelocke wrote or not is
unknown; however, Owen Wynn's negotiations with Anglesey's
leadership proved effective and Mostyn was returned.66 In 1625,
Mostyn probably tried again, but the influential Trevor was not to
be denied. The Wynns, it seems, were not involved. They may have
been active, however, in Anglesey's 1640 election, when another
kinsman, John Bodvel, whose uncle was Sir Richard Wynn, was
elected.67
Neither Denbighshire's nor Flintshire's elections show any
significant sign of Wynn intervention. In 1624, Sir John Wynn
urged his son-in-law, Sir Roger Mostyn, to press for his son's
election for Flintshire, but nothing came of it. Sir Roger was already
committed to another candidate and deeply opposed to any London
visits for his son, Sir Thomas.68 Sir John Wynn was involved in
Denbighshire's 1625 election and on that occasion found himself
in a potentially embarrassing situation.
Sir John had promised to back his cousin, Sir Thomas Wynn, for
Denbighshire when another candidate, Sir Thomas Middleton,
junior, of Chirk Castle sought his support. Wynn's answer was a
model of diplomatic tact and seems to have gotten him out of a
46 Dodd, Studies in Stuart Wales, p. 179.
44 John Mostyn, kinsman to both the Bodvels and Wynns through marriage, had entered
the service of the lord keeper, John Williams, in 1621, thanks, no doubt, to his connections
with the Wynns. Owen Wynn to Sir John Wynn, 2 December 1623, N.L.W., Wynn MSS.
1172 (MS.9059E).
"Sir Roger Mostyn to Sir John Wynn, 15 April 1625, N.L.W., Wynn MSS. 1324
(MS.9060E).
II Owen Wynn to Sir John Wynn, 2 December 1623, N.L.W., Wynn MSS. 1172
(MS.9059E); Sir Richard Wynn to Sir John Wynn, 24 December 1623, N.L.W., Wynn MSS.
1177 (MS.9058E); Sir Richard Wynn to Sir John Wynn, 3 January 1624, N.L.W., Wynn
MSS. 1185 (MS.9059E); Sir Roger Mostyn to Sir John Wynn, 5, 8 January 1624, N.L.W.,
Wynn MSS. 1186, 1187 (MS.9059E); Ruigh, The Parliament of 1624, pp. 91-92.
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