John Wynyard

General John Wynyard is buried in the centre part of the nave of Westminster Abbey. When the nave floor was re-laid in 1834 his gravestone was taken up and replaced by a small lozenge stone with his name and date of death. This can be seen next to Lord Clyde's gravestone. The original stone was inscribed:

John Wynyard Esq. Lieutenant General of his Majesty's Forces. Died Febry. XXth 1752 aged LXIX

The coat of arms was "paly of six, in chief a lion passant" for Wynyard, impaling "an eagle displayed with two heads, on an inescutcheon a saltire charged with a porcupine" with the crest of a goat.

He was the son of John Wynyard and his third wife Ann and was baptised in St Margaret's Westminster on 28th March 1682. John senior married his second wife Margaret Kettlebee in the Abbey on 14th August 1655 and five of their children were baptised at St Margaret's Westminster. Their daughter Anne married John Incledon and she has a cartouche memorial in the south aisle of that church. John is described there as Warden of the Royal Hospital of Westminster. Margaret was buried in St Margaret's in 1674 and John senior in 1690. He had four other children by his wife Ann.

John junior was a Colonel of a regiment of foot and for many years Commander in Chief at Gibraltar and Port Mahon, becoming a Lt. General in 1747. His wife was Mary Maxwell (who was buried in the great vault in St Margaret's on 6th December 1776). He bequeathed his estate to his son William who also became a Lt. General and died in 1789. A daughter Mary married John West, 2nd Earl Delawarr. Daughter Amelia (or Emily) was appointed by Queen Charlotte as a sister of St Katherine's Hospital and she had a monument in the chapel in Regent's Park.

Further reading

General John Wynyard's will is at The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.


20th February 1752





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John Wynyard
The Nave

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