Sir Roger Puleston of Emral, Maelor Saesneg, Flintshire
(Bef 1262-1294)


Family Links

1. Jane le Clerk of Malpas

Sir Roger Puleston of Emral, Maelor Saesneg, Flintshire 1 2

  • Born: Bef 1262
  • Marriage (1): Jane le Clerk of Malpas
  • Died: Late 1294

   Another name for Roger was Sir Roger de Pyvelisdon of Emral, Flintshire.

  Research Notes:

From Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, Vol. I, p. 455:

"The genealogical history of this ancient family [Puleston] is clear and complete. From the time of Edward I., when the Pulestons first settled in Flintshire, Emral, without interruption, has continued to be their principal seat. Through the long course of nearly 600 years the male line has not been quite unbroken, but the succession of inheritance in the blood of the first Sir Roger de Pyvelisdon, who formed his home at Emral circa A.D. 1284--Lewys Dwnnassigns the date 8th Edward I., or 1280--has continued intact. Roger, Richard, and John, have been the chief Christian names in this family.

"Sir Roger de Pyvelisdon about the above date, when, after the fall of the last Prince Llewelyn (A.D. 1282), the government of Wales was being remodelled, the laws placed under new administration, and revenue collected by commissioners from the English king, was appionted by Edward I. to the responsible office of presiding over the fiscal administration of North Wales. It had been determined to collect the fifteenth of the moveable property of the Welsh for the purposes of the Government. In the commotions which ensued, Sir Roger of Emral was executed,--a fate, says Sir Samuel R. Meyrick, that 'attended all his assistants who had attempted to enforce the payment of this tribute.'

"Sir Roger, who bore on his escutcheon 'sa., three mullets arg.,' had m. Jane (according to note in Dwnn, and not Agnes as stated by some), dau. of David le Clerk, of Malpas, and left by her a son,--[Sir Richard Puleston]"


From Welsh Biography Online - :

PULESTON family, of Emral , Plas-ym-mers , Hafod-y-wern , Llwynycnotiau , Caernarvon , etc.

(1) The Pulestons derived their name from the vill or manor of Pilston or Puleston, near Newport, Salop, where they were settled in the reign of Henry III, and continued to hold land at least until 1433. Sir ROGER DE PULESTON (d. 1294) is believed to have been the first to establish himself at Emral in Maelor Saesneg; he is described as 'de Embers-hall' in 1283; and the following year 'foresta domini Rogeri de Pyvylston' occurs as a boundary in a deed of sale of lands in Gwillington (Arch. Camb., 1888, 32, 293). On 20 March 1293/4 he was appointed by Edward I the first sheriff of Anglesey (Cal. Welsh Rolls, 283), and as such was responsible for levying the odious tax of a fifteenth on moveables which precipitated the revolt led by Madog ap Llywelyn (q.v.) in the autumn of 1294. At the height of the rising the hated sheriff was seized and hanged by the Anglesey Welshmen during a sudden raid on the borough of Caernarvon. In all probability Master Richard de Puleston, who was sheriff of Caernarvonshire, 1284-95 (he was appointed on the same day as Sir Roger), was of the same family, although the pedigrees do not help to establish his exact identity. ROBERT PULESTON, son of Richard Puleston of Emral (alive 1382/3 - B. M. Harley MS. 1971), was a witness in the celebrated Scrope-Grosvenor trial of 1836, together with Owain Glyn Dwr (q.v.) , whose sister Lowry he married. For his part in the rebellion Robert's estates in the counties of Chester, Salop, and Flint were forfeited (Cal. Pat. Rolls, Henry IV, 1399-1401, 370), but were later restored. Robert's grandson, ROGER PULESTON (d. 1469), whose father, JOHN PULESTON (will proved 17 April 1444), had m. Angharad, daughter of Griffith Hanmer and grand-daughter of Tudur ap Gronwy of Anglesey, was a staunch Lancastrian and held Denbigh castle as deputy-constable to his kinsman, Jasper, earl of Pembroke during the campaign of 1460-1.

  Death Notes:

Per Rootsweb WorldConnect "Hanged By The Welsh For Collecting Taxes For Edward I [lynched]"

  Noted events in his life were:

Appointed: Sheriff of Anglesey, 20 Mar 1294. by Edward I

Roger married Jane le Clerk of Malpas, daughter of David le Clerk and Unknown.


1 Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (Vol. 1. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Co., 1872), p. 455.

2 Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Dictionary of Welsh Biography (National Library of Wales. 2007. Welsh Biography Online. <> ),

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