Sir John Puleston of Bers, Chamberlain of North Wales 1 2 3 4
- Born: Abt 1483, Hafod-y-Wern, Bersham, (Wrexham) Denbighshire, Wales
- Marriage (1): Gaynor verch Robert ab Maredudd
- Marriage (2): Janet verch Maredydd ap Ieuan
- Died: 1551, Bersham, (Wrexham), Denbighshire, Wales about age 68
Another name for John was Sir John Puleston of Bersham.
Constable of Carnarvon Castle and Chamberlain of North Wales. Son of John Puleston of Havod y Wern and Bers by his first wife, Eleanor Whitney. Second husband of Jonet verch Meredith.
From Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, p. 455:
Great greandson of Madog Puleston, Constable of Carnarvon Castle and Chamberlain of North Wales.
From The History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher, and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fadog, and the Ancient Lords of Arwystli, Cedewen, and Meirionydd, Vol. II:
From Cae Cyriog M.S.; Lewys Dwnn, vol ii: "Sir John Puleston of Bers, Knt., Chamberlain of North Wales, and Constable of Caernarvon Castle, ob. 1551." This source lists two wives for Sir John:
1 Gaynor, d. of Robert ab Maredudd ab Hwlcyn Llwyd of Glyn Llifon.
2 Janet, d. of Maredydd ab Ieuan ab Robert of Cesail Gyfarch, who purchased Gwydir.
From The Dictionary of Welsh Biography Online - http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s-PULE-EST-1283.html :
"(3) A cadet branch of the Pulestons of Hafod-y-wern flourished at Caernarvon for part of the 16th cent., its founder being the son by his first marriage (to Elin, daughter of Robert Whitney), of John Puleston ('Hen'), Sir JOHN PULESTON (d. 1551), who was sheriff of Caernarvonshire, 1543-4, Member of Parliament for Caernarvon, 1541-4, and for Caernarvonshire, 1545-7 and 1547-51, chamberlain of North Wales, 1547, and constable of Caernarvon castle, 1523-51. He m. (1) Gaynor, daughter of Robert ap Meredydd ap Hwlcyn Llwyd of Glynllifon , and (2) Sioned, daughter of Meredydd ap Ieuan ap Robert, of Cesail Gyfarch and Gwydir . From HUGH PULESTON, his son by his second wife, who m. Margaret, daughter and heiress of Hugh Lloyd, of Llwynycnotiau, near Wrexham, were descended the Pulestons of that place. There is evidence that the Rev. EDWARD PULESTON (d. 1621/2), second son of this Hugh, who became rector of Burton Latimer, Northants, in 1592, and ultimately inherited Llwynycnotiau from his childless elder brother, was a confidant of captain John Salisbury of Rūg (see Salusbury of Rūg ), one of the principal conspirators in the Essex revolt of 1601; while his younger brother, RICHARD PULESTON, had served under the captain in Ireland. On the death, without issue, March 1677/8, of Edward's grandson, JOHN PULESTON, Llwynycnotiau came into possession of his wife's brother, Simon Thelwall, of Plas-y-ward (see Thelwall of Plas-y-ward ), by virtue of a settlement made in 1672. "
From Welsh Biography Online (http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s1-GRIF-PEN-1300.html) :
"[Edward Griffith] m. Jane, daughter of Sir John Puleston of Bersham . (L. and P. Henry VIII, viii, 122, 644, 925, xii, part i, 539 (14), 655, 1154, xiii, part i, 384 (91), 1289, xiv, part i, 732, 802, 803, 816, part ii, 40, 616, 759, 782, 1539; xv, 74, 82, 199, 327, 342, 355.) His death precipitated a long dispute between RHYS GRIFFITH his younger brother, who claimed the estates as heir male, and John Puleston, Edward Griffith's father-in-law, acting for his daughter and her three children (Jane, Catherine, and Ellen). Puleston asked Cromwell for the wardship of the children, and offered him £40 for his good offices; Rhys Griffith complained that during his absence in Ireland 'on the king's service,' his sister-in-law and her father had ransacked Penrhyn, leaving 'nothing but the bare walls.' The lord chancellor and the master of the court of wards made an arbitration in 1542, but the problems involved were still unsettled in 1559. Even after the death of Rhys Griffith in 1580, Sir Edward Bagnall, who had m. one of Edward Griffith's daughters, was still pursuing his wife's claims in the court of wards. (Penrhyn MSS. 50, 2197; N.L.W. Jnl., iii, 40; Lewis , Early Chancery Procs., 21, 22, 288, 290; Lewis and Davies, Augmentation Recs., 51; L. and P. Henry VIII, v, no. 724 (10), xv, 433, 661, xvii, 466, xix 812 (16), Addenda, i, part ii, 1462; Cal. Pat. Rolls, Edward VI, iv, 36; Acts Privy Council, 1580-1, 289; P.R.O., Court of Requests Procs., bundle iv, no. 258; bundle vi, no 210.)"
Noted events in his life were:
Served as: Constable of Caernarvon Castle, 1 Oct 1523 to 8 Jul 1550.
Served as: M.P. for Carnarvonshire, 1541-1544.
Appointed: High Sheriff of Denbig, 1543.
Appointed: High Sheriff of Carnarvonshire, 1544.
Elected: M.P. for Carnarvonshire, 7 Jan 1545.
Served as: High Sheriff of Carnarvonshire, 1545-1547.
Knighted, Between 1545 and 1547.
Appointed: Chamberlain of North Wales, 1547.
Elected: M.P. for Carnarvonshire, 12 Oct 1547.
Died in office: M.P. for Carnarvonshire, 1550 or 1551.
John married Gaynor verch Robert ab Maredudd, daughter of Robert ap Meredydd ap Hwlcyn and Unknown. (Gaynor verch Robert ab Maredudd was born about 1487 in Glynllifon, Llandwrog, Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd), Wales.)
John next married Janet verch Maredydd ap Ieuan, daughter of Meredydd ap Ieuan ap Robert of Keselgyfarch Gwedir, Carnarvonshire and Alice verch William Griffith ap Robin of Cochwillan.