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|1547||(SIR) THOMAS JONES|
|1553 (Mar.)||(not known)|
|1553 (Oct.)||(SIR) JOHN WOGAN|
|1554 (Apr.)||ARNOLD BUTLER|
|1554 (Nov.)||ARNOLD BUTLER|
|1555||?RICHARD CORNWALL 1|
Pembrokeshire was a poor, sparsely populated county, largely dependent on farming and coastal trading. In the absence of much timber its inhabitants used sea-coal for fuel, shipping some as far afield as Bristol and Cork. After its settlement under the Norman kings, the county with an earl of its own had resisted the efforts of successive Welsh princes to reconquer it and had preserved its English character. On the death of Jasper Tudor, Duke of Bedford, in 1495 the earldom of Pembroke passed to the crown and its estates were held in turn by Prince Arthur and the future Henry VIII. In 1532 Henry VIII ennobled his mistress Anne Boleyn as Marchioness of Pembroke and she kept the estates until her death. At the Union the shire was consolidated and enlarged but in 1543 it lost the lordships of Laugharne and Llanstephan to Carmarthenshire. During the 1540s the crown erected a series of forts for the protection of Milford Haven.