The Column at Wynnstay Hall

The Column at Wynnstay Hall. column-wynnstay-hall-plaqueThe column was erected in memory of the second Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, who was-born in 1749, and died on 29th July 1789.

He married twice; his first wife died three months after their marriage. Then he married again on 22nd December 1771.

The first Sir Watkin was killed while out hunting in 1749. His wife had dreamed that he would be killed and she pleaded with him not to go. He might perhaps have taken her advice, but a friend intervened to say that, if he listened to all the fancies of his wife, he would soon have to give up all his amusements.

So he went hunting and, when crossing a field at Acton, near Wrexham, on his return home, his horse pitched him on his head, which came into contact with “the only stone on the field” and so the dream was fulfilled, for he died on the spot.

On the column, which was erected in Wynnstay Park by the mother of the second Sir Watkin, is an inscription written by his brother-in-law, Lord Grenville:

FILIO OPTIMO EATER EHU SUPERSTES

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To the Memory of ‘SIR WATKIN WILLIAMS WYNN Bart. Who died the 29th day of July MDCCLXXXIX

This Column was erected by his Affectionate Mother Francis Williams Wynn.

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Wynnstay Column (c)Martin Rogers.