Single Member Welsh County

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Number of voters:

about 2,000


30 Apr. 1754Sir Lynch Salusbury Cotton
8 Apr. 1761Sir Lynch Salusbury Cotton
30 Mar. 1768Sir Lynch Salusbury Cotton
19 Oct. 1774Sir Watkin Williams Wynn
27 Sept. 1780Sir Watkin Williams Wynn
7 Apr. 1784Sir Watkin Williams Wynn
28 Aug. 1789Robert Watkin Wynne vice Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, deceased

Main Article

The Wynns of Wynnstay possessed the dominant interest in Denbighshire; but during the long minority in the family following the death of Sir Watkin Wynn in 1749, the representation was decided by an arrangement between the heads of the other two leading families, Richard Myddelton of Chirk Castle and Sir Lynch Salusbury Cotton of Llewenny: Myddelton represented the borough and Cotton the county.1 No challenge was made to this arrangement; and at the general election of 1774 Cotton withdrew from the county to make way for Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, now of age.2 Wynn was returned unopposed until his death in 1789, when the seat was filled by a Wynnstay nominee.3

Author: Peter D.G. Thomas


  • 1. Add. 32995, f. 82.
  • 2. Adams’ Weekly Courant, 11, 25 Oct. 1774.
  • 3. NLW, Chirk Castle mss, C.59.