Details of my 16 times great grandparents, Sir Richard de Pyvelesdon of Emral, Worthenbury, Flintshire and his wife, Agnes Warren

My 16 times great grandfather, Sir Richard de Pyvelesdon was the son of Sir Roger de Pyvelesdon of (a) Pyvelesdon (now Puleston), near Newport, Shropshire, (b) Emral, Worthenbury, Flintshire and (c) Plas Puleston, Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, and his wife Agnes. He was born about 1269.

Richard married Agnes, daughter of Sir William (or Griffith) Warren of Warren Hall, Shropshire. She was born about 1264.

They had 12 children (mentioned in a writ "ad quod damnum" dated 3 Edward II (1309-10), in a Calendar of Patent Rolls dated 29 May 1314 and other documents):

  • Sir William Puleston of Emral, who was alive in June, 15 Edward II (1321-2), died without children after 1323

  • my 15 times great grandfather, Sir Roger de Pyvelesdon

  • Isabella, who married Philip de Chetwynde of Ingestre. The Salesbury Manuscripts state in that, at "Embrall" in 22 Edward I (1294-5),  "Richard de Pyvelesdon makes a grant to Philip de Chetwynde & Isabella his wife"

  • Philip, who had a son Nicholas

  • Hugh, who died without issue after 1323

  • David, who died without issue

  • Edward or Edmund, who died without issue after 1347

  • Robert, born about 1306, who died without issue

  • Nicholas, who died without issue after 1354 - he married first Lowry (daughter of Llewelyn Vaughan), by whom he had a son John, and secondly Dorothy Randle

  • Thomas and

  • Richard of Batebruggemor. 

In Michaelmas Term 1297, Sir Richard de Pyvelesdon, of Pyvelesdon, was sued for the then enormous sum of £100 by Sir Hugh de Weston of Weston, Nottinghamshire before Thomas Colle and Robert de Bucknell, Clerk, at Shrewsbury, Shropshire (National Archives Online Catalogue Reference C 241/45/188).

Richard did homage to King Edward I at Chester in 29 Edward I (1301-2) for his lands in Wales.

At Nantwich in 1309, Richard petitioned King Edward II to change the rules of inheritance of Richard's Welsh estates. The 27th Report 98 App. Rolls Office of 1309 tells us that "Richard de Pulesdon, Knight, holds the Manor of Embral in Meylir Seysnik immediately of the King, by service yearly of 6s 2 3/4 d and [Embral] was of the yearly value of £10". Richard held the land by "Welshry".  According to the Welsh custom of gavelkind, the land would after his death be divided equally between his numerous sons. Richard felt this would not provide any of his sons with enough to support themselves, so he asked the King to grant Emral to Richard and his wife for life and, after their death, to each son doing the King's service of a tenth of a Knight's fee. 

The Calendar of Close Rolls, Volume 2, 1313-8, page 102, records, on 8 June 1314 at Westminster, the enrolment of the surrender to the King by Richard de Pyuelesdon of all the land that he held of the King in Worthynbury in the parts of Maelor Saiseneil dated at Westminster 18 May, 7 Edward II. Memorandum that Richard came into Chancery at Westminster and acknowledged the above deed.

Richard was alive in 9 Edward II (1315/6).

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