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LESTRANGE family, Great Ness , Cheswardine , and Knockin , Shropshire .

JOHN LESTRANGE (d. c. 1269 ) witnessed the treaty between Dafydd ap Gruffydd (q.v.) and Henry III in May 1240 , was appointed in March 1241 to try Dafydd , and in Jan. 1245 was a commissioner to make peace with him. HAWISE , daughter of this John Lestrange , m. Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn (q.v.) . In the years 1244-5 John Lestrange wrote to Henry III telling of Gruffydd 's support for the English cause; he aided the prince of Powys against Llywelyn in 1257 , and ROGER LESTRANGE (d. 1311 ), son of John , guarded the castle of Dolforwyn for Gruffydd , in whose support he wrote to Edward I claiming lands between the Rhiw and the Luggy . Hawise (above), Gruffydd 's wife, was a leader in the plot for the rebellion of Dafydd against Llywelyn in 1274 . Roger Lestrange was a justice at Rhuddlan in 1278 , controlled the lands of English Maelor and Mechain in this year, and commanded some of the English forces against the Welsh at the end of the 13th cent. ; it was his troops who met Llywelyn at Builth in Dec. 1282 . Numerous other members of this family from Shropshire were active in the wars with the Welsh .


  • Littere Wallie (1940) ;
  • Calendar of Ancient Correspondence concerning Wales (1935) ;
  • The Welsh Assize Roll, 1277–1284 (1940) .


Ivor John Sanders, M.A., (1911-91), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959