My 13 times great grandfather, Robert Puleston of Emral, Worthenbury, Flintshire and his wife Lowri, sister of Owain Glyndwr and daughter of Gruffudd Fychan 

My 13 times great grandfather, Robert Puleston, was the son of Richard de Pyvelisdon of Emral, Worthenbury, Flintshire and his wife Lucy, daughter of Madoc Foel of Eglwysegle. He was born about 1358.

About 1380, Robert married Lowri (born 1360), daughter of Gruffydd Fychan, Lord of Glyndyfrdwy, paternal representative of the Princes of Powys, Wales, by his wife Elen, elder daughter and co-heir of Tomas ap Prince Llewelyn of Deheubarth, last lord of South Wales. Lowri was also descended from the Princes of Gwynedd and Powys, Wales and was sister to the famous Owain Glyndwr, who led the Welsh in a rebellion against the English King Henry IV and ruled much of Wales for several years in the early 1400s. For more details of Lowri's ancestry, see my descent from the Welsh Princes.

Seal of Owain Glyndwr

In 1386, Robert Puleston and Owain Glyndwr were witnesses at Chester in the celebrated Scrope v Grosvenor trial, brought by Sir Richard le Scrope of Bolton against Sir Robert Grosvenor of Hulme to settle a dispute over a coat-of-arms which both of them (and a Carminow of Cornwall) had borne during King Richard II's military campaign in Scotland in 1385. The trial lasted for 5 years, and was presided over by the Duke of Gloucester in his role as Constable of England. At a sitting in 1387, Robert was said to be aged 28. Both Robert Puleston and Owain Glyndwr had served in the Scottish Wars under the Earl of Arundel and gave evidence supporting Grosvenor's claim, but the court eventually found in favour of Scrope.

Robert Puleston is mentioned frequently in the Welsh Recognizance Rolls - for example, in July 1388, in a recognizance for £120 to James Martyn, parson of the church at Bangor-is-y-Coed, Flintshire, for the farm of the chapel at Worthenbury for 3 years.

Owain Glyndwr's rebellion against King Henry IV started on 16 September 1400, when Robert Puleston was among Owain's supporters summoned by Owain to Llys Glyndyfrdwy, his court at Carrog. For his part in the rebellion, Robert Puleston's estates at Emral and those in Shropshire and Cheshire were confiscated by King Henry IV, but the King soon pardoned Robert and eventually restored his estates to him. In 1403, Robert was commissioned by Henry, Prince of Wales (the King's eldest son), to "receive into his grace" all the rebels in the Maelor (the area of Flintshire in which Emral was located). However, in 1404, William Chetwynd was holding the Manor of Warren Hall, Shropshire, forfeited by Robert for his part in the uprising. On 21 June 1404, Robert and Lowri Puleston were present at the coronation of Owain Glyndwr as Prince of Wales.

Robert and Lowri had 5 children:

  • my 12 times great grandfather, Sir John Puleston of Emral

  • Angharad (or Ancret) who married Edward Trevor ap Dafydd ap Ednyfed Gam, by whom she had a daughter Rose

  • Elen or Ellin, who married Gronw ap Ieuan ap Einion

  • Agnes, who married, first, Tudur Vychan and, secondly, Maeda ap Kynfig

  • Madoc, who was alive is 1413 and married, first, Margaret, co-heir to Dafydd ap Grono and, secondly, Angharad, daughter of Llewelyn ap Owain ap Maredudd ap Owain ap Gruffudd ap Lord Rhys. He had part of his father's lands in Bromfield and settled at Bersham near Wrexham.


Copyright: Haydn Puleston Jones, 2007-11