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PULESTON , Sir JOHN HENRY ( 1829 - 1908 ), banker and Member of Parliament ;

b. 2 June 1829 at Plas Newydd , Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd , eldest son of John Puleston , a descendant of the Pulestons of Emral (qq.v.) . He was educated at Ruthin grammar school and King's College , London . He spent some time in the U.S.A. , where, between 1856 and 1860 , he came into prominence as the editor of two newspapers , and later as a reputable banker and as an honorary colonel under president Wilson in the Civil War . After returning to England he became Member of Parliament for Devonport , 1874-92 ; in 1892 he unsuccessfully opposed David Lloyd George in the Caernarvonshire election. He was knighted in 1887 , and was at one time lord-lieutenant of the city of London and constable of Caernarvon castle . Sir John was a leading Churchman , a conscientious Conservative , and, an ardent Welshman , who was interested in every Welsh national movement. He had acted as vice-president of the Hon. Society of Cymmrodorion , treasurer of the National Eisteddfod Association , 1880-1907 , and first chairman of the committee of the London Welsh club . He d. 19 Oct. 1908 . His sister, Mary Ann Puleston ( Mair Clwyd ) was the mother of John Puleston Jones (q.v.) .


  • R. W. Jones , Y Parchedig John Puleston Jones M.A., D.D. (Caernarfon, 1929) , 14-15;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 21 Oct. 1908;
  • Y Brython , 22 and 29 Oct. 1908;
  • Y Cymmrodor , 1951 , 181-2.


Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 1959