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Marmaduke Gwynne (1691-1769)

Marmaduke Gwynne was the son of Howell Gwynne, a wealthy Welsh landowner. Marmaduke was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, and studied law at Lincoln's Inn in London.

Wealthy in his own right, he further increased his fortune by marrying the heiress Sarah Evans of Cardiganshire.

Gwynne was a man of considerable influence in his native county and adjoining areas, serving as a magistrate and Sheriff of Radnorshire in 1718.

A friend of the evangelist Howell Harris by whom he was converted, he entertained the Wesley brothers in his home on several occasions and attended the Conference of 1745. In 1749, his daughter Sarah married Charles Wesley.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974), Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995) and the papers of the Wesley and Gwynne families (MARC)

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