SALESBURY, John (1533-80), of Rûg, nr. Corwen, Merion. and Bachymbyd, nr. Ruthin, Denb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Oct. 1553

Family and Education

b. 1533, 1st s. of Robert Salesbury of Rûg and Bachymbyd by Catherine, da. of John ap Madog of Bodfel, Llanor, Caern. educ. G. Inn, adm. 1550. m. by 1566, Elizabeth, da. of (Sir) John Salusbury II of Lleweni, Denb., 3s. inc. Robert 2da. suc. fa. 28 Sept. 1550.1

Offices Held

Jt. steward, manor of Ruthin, by 1557-69 or later; sheriff, Merion. 1558-9, 1577-8; commr. Caerwys eisteddfod, Flints. 1568, musters, Denb. 1570, 1580, tanneries, Denb. 1574, felons, Merion., Mont. 1575; j.p. Denb., Merion. 1577, q. 1579.2


The Salesbury family of Rûg and Bachymbyd was founded in the late 15th century by John Salesbury, fourth son of Thomas Salusbury of Lleweni (d.1471), and acquired the lordship of Rûg by marriage in the next generation. Quickly adopting the variant spelling of its name, the family made Rûg the more important of its residences but continued to be active in Denbighshire.3

It was as a minor that in 1548 John Salesbury received from his father the manors of Rûg and Glyndyfyrdwy, Merioneth, and Dinmael, Denbighshire, and he was still under age when his father died in 1550. Either deliberately or through ignorance he concealed his minority fro