On doing some research into the historic figure Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, the 4th Baronet of Wynnstay, I decided to look into the cause of his death, erysipelas.

 I found this site.



Erysipelas is a skin infection that often follows strep throat.


Erysipelas, also called St. Anthony's fire, is caused by infection by Group A Streptococci. This same type of bacteria is responsible for such infections as strep throat, and infections of both surgical and other kinds of wounds in the skin. The infection occurs most often in young infants and the elderly.
Sir Watkin was just forty when he died of a simple strep infection.

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