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Puleston family, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PULESTON

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Puleston Family Records

Short Title: Puleston family, records

Creation date(s): 1394-19 cent.

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.16 cubic metres (40 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Puleston family


Administrative/Biographical history: The Puleston family came originally from the vill or manor of Pilston or Puleston, near Newport, Shropshire, where they settled in the reign of Henry III. Sir Roger de Puleston (d. 1294) is the first of the family to establish himself at Emral in Maelor Saesneg now in Flintshire.
The Pulestons inherited the New Hall estate near Chirk following the marriage in 1684 of Roger Puleston and Catherine Edwards, only surviving daughter and heiress of Captain William Edwards of New Hall. Roger's son, Thomas (1694-1735) inherited through his first wife, Mary Thellwall, the Nant Clwyd estate, and through his second wife, Ann Oldfield, a large share of Bowyers' estate. Thomas sold New Hall, along with lands in Chirk and Llangollen to Robert Myddelton of Chirk Castle in June 1721 for £11,195-0-0.
The male line of the Emral branch of Pulestons ended in 1735 with the death of Thomas Puleston (1694-1735), who left the estate by will to John Puleston of Pickhill, Flintshire, a descendant of a younger son of Roger Puleston, living in the reign Henry VI. John's son died without male heir, and Emral came to his daughter's husband, Richard Parry Price of Bryn-y-pys (1765-1840), who adopted the surname Puleston and was created a baronet in 1813. The baronetcy became extinct on the death of Sir Theophilus Puleston in 1890, whilst Emral Hall was demolished in 1936.


Scope and content/abstract: Estate and family records of the Puleston family of Emral, Flintshire, [14 cent.]-[19 cent.], comprising deeds relating to the Puleston estates mainly in Flintshire and Denbighshire, 1394-1849; legal papers deriving from judicial proceeedings, 1546-1791; rentals and surveys,1485-1786; estate accounts, bills and other financial papers, 1568-1847; manorial records, mainly for the manor of Shocklack, Cheshire, 1461-1788; business correspondence, 1551-1816, mainly 1770s-1790s; deeds, legal papers and correspondence relating to the Irish estates of the Parry family of Dublin and the Price family of Bryn y Pys, Denbighshire, relating mainly to premises in Dublin, 1485-1795, and including papers of John Parry, bishop of Ossory; manuscripts and some correspondence, 17 cent.-19 cent. (NLW MSS 3565-3574) and personal correspondence of the Price family of Bryn-y-Pys, 17-18 cent.(NLW MSS 3575-3588).


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into Puleston deeds and manuscripts. The deeds are arranged into title deeds, judicial proceedings, manorial records, maps and plans, rentals and surveys, accounts, business correspondence, county administration records, ecclesiastical papers, genealogical papers, inquisitions and Irish papers. The manuscripts which were removed from the archive by NLW are arranged as NLW MSS 3561-88.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply

Finding aids: The deeds are catalogued in Schedule of Puleston Deeds which is available at NLW and HMC; the manuscripts are described in NLW, Handlist of Manuscripts, vol. I, pp. 296-9. An online catalogue of the deeds can be accessed from


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mr Crawshay Wellington Puleston in 1921; and purchased in 1991.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Puleston family are National Library of Wales, Edward Owen Deeds and Documents, Peniarth MSS, and NLW MS 22844; and British Library, Manuscript Collections, Add Ch 74370-435; and Add MSS 46397-400, 46846. Microfilm reels of the British Library, Manuscript Collections material are NLW Microfilms 299-301.


Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Harrison, Sunter, The Four Baronets of Emral and Emral Hall (Whitchurch, 1974); Harrison, Sunter, The Early Pulestons (Wrexham, 1975).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2002

Emral Estate (Wales) | Archives
Estate administration | Wales | Denbighshire
Estate administration | Wales | Flintshire
Manorial courts | England | Shocklach
Manors | England | Shocklach
Parry family, | of Dublin | Archives
Price family, | Bryn-y-Pys , Flintshire | Archives
Puleston family, | of Emral | Archives

Personal names
Parry , John , d. 1677
Parry family , of Dublin
Price family , Bryn-y-Pys , Flintshire
Puleston family , of Emral

Corporate names
Emral Estate (Wales)
Shocklach Manor (England)


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