OWEN, Sir William, 4th Bt. (1697-1781), of Orielton, Pemb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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13 Nov. 1722 - 1747
1747 - 1761

Family and Education

b. c.1697, 1st s. of Sir Arthur Owen, 3rd Bt., by Emma, da. of Sir William Williams, 1st Bt.  educ. New Coll. Oxf. 1713.  m. (1) 12 Dec. 1725, Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Lloyd of Grove, Pemb., 1da., (2) 26 July 1728, cos. Anne, da. of John Williams of Chester, 2s. 2da.1  suc. fa. 6 June 1753.

Offices Held

Ld. lt. Pemb. 1761-78.


The Owens had a strong interest in both Pembroke county and borough. In 1761, when Sir William was opposed in the county, he declined a contest, and was returned unopposed for the town.

Owen is a good example of the Member who went into Parliament mainly to uphold his position in the county. Every one of his many letters to Newcastle and Hardwicke is concerned with local patronage—the collectorship of the customs at Milford, the surveyorship of window lights, the distributorship of stamps, commissionerships of bankruptcy, and various livings: in none is there any comment on national affairs. He was a life-long supporter of Administration. There is no record of his having spoken, and he attended infrequently. His only known vote in the Parliament of 1761-8 was with Administration on the land tax, 27 Feb. 1767. In the following Parliament, no vote is recorded: Robinson’s survey for the royal marriage bill, 8 Mar. 1772, marks him ‘pro, sick, absent’. He retired from Parliament at the general election of 1774.

He died 7 May 1781.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: J. A. Cannon


  • 1. Ex inf. Cdr. C. H. H. Owen, R.N. There are discrepancies in the published accounts of his marriages.