Fonds GB 0210 PULESTON - Puleston Family Records,

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Puleston Family Records,


  • 1394-19 cent / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1.16 cubic metres (40 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

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.

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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Mr Crawshay Wellington Puleston in 1921

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Scope and content

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; judicial proceedings, 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).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records purchased by NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into Puleston deeds and manuscripts. The deeds are arranged into title deeds, legal papers deriving from 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.

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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.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The deeds are catalogued in the Schedule of Puleston Deeds which is available at NLW and HMC (now part of The National Archives); the manuscripts are described in NLW, Handlist of Manuscripts, vol. I, pp. 296-9.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

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.

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Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2002.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Mair James.

Archivist's note

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);

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