PULESTON, Sir Roger (1663-97), of Emral, Worthenbury, Flints.
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Family and Education
bap. 23 June 1663, 1st s. of Roger Puleston of Emral by Jane, da. of Sir Roger Mostyn, 1st Bt., of Mostyn, Flints., sis. of Thomas Mostyn†. educ. Eton 1678. m. (1) 16 Sept. 1684, Catherine (d. 1685), da. and h. of William Edwards of Plas Newydd, Chirk, Denb., 1s. d.v.p.; (2) lic. 3 July 1691, aged 29, Martha (d. 1726), da. of Sir William Ryder, merchant, alderman of London and commr. for Tangier, of Bethnal Green, Mdx., 1s. 2da. suc. fa. 1667. Kntd. 12 Nov. 1680.1
Puleston’s family background offered a compound of different influences. His grandfather had been a Cromwellian judge; his father, educated as a Presbyterian, had been suspected of complicity in Booth’s rising, and had later married into a Royalist family; while his stepfather was Sir John Trevor*, on whose recommendation, or so we may presume, Puleston was knighted in 1680. He was named to the commission of the peace shortly after reaching his majority, but removed in April 1688 for refusing consent to the repeal of the Test Act and Penal Laws. Returned unopposed to the Convention as knight of the shire, and re-elected in 1690, he did not appear on either the Whig or the Tory black lists, but was marked as a Whig in Lord Carmarthen’s (Sir Thomas Osborne†) analysis of the new Parliament in March 1690. His appearance in the following December in a list of Carmarthen’s supporters, probably drawn up in connexion with the projected attack on the Marquess in the Commons, may have been the product of his connexion with Trevor. By April 1691, however, Robert Harley* was listing him as a supp