Lord John Walter
Approver and Chancellor of
Pembrookshire & West Haverford
Lord John Approver and Chancellor
of Pembrokeshire & West Haverford (1470-)
Gwatlers Orgin In Essex
Name: Walter ap Gwallter of Caerfyrddin (Camenshire)
Surname: ap Gwallter
Given Name: Walter
Suffix: of Caerfyrddin (Camenshire)
Walter of Roch Castle.
By FRANCIS GREEN
According to Lewis Dwnn the Walter family of Roch Castle and Rhosmarket, Perns., were descendants of an Englishman named
John Walter, who emigrated to South Wales in the early part of the 16th century. This John Walter is described as a
gentleman, and as the son of John Walter, otherwise ' Chwoms '-probably the phonetic spelling of ' Holmes ' by the
Welsh deputy-herald- who is said to have been a descendant of Sir Richard ap Sir William Koms of Colchester, Kent.
With a view of testing the accuracy of Lewis Dwnn in regard to the origin of the famity, the writer some years
ago searched for a family of Holmes in the county of Essex, but without success.
But while no sept of the Holmes could be found there, he discovered in the Harleian MSS. two pedigrees of a family
which had taken the name of Walter. This family resided at Rokewell, in Essex, and curiously enough the ancester
was said to have emigrated to Essex from Crickhowell in Wales ; another pedigree was of a family named Walter,
which derived its ancestry from an English source, and it is a coincidence that not only did each of these pedigrees
contain Christian names, which are found amongst the Walters of Roch Castle, but also the feminine name
' Thomasine' which was introduced into the Pembrokeshire family by a marriage at the end of the ijth century.
From the information available at present, however, there is no proof of any connection between the Essex families referred to and that of Roch Castle.
[West Wales Historical Records, V:271]
John Walter, after arriving in Pembrokeshire, married, according to Lewis Dwnn, Vol. I., p. 228; Alson,
the daughter of William Mendus,
who lived at Fishguard (Cheetham MSS.), but a pedigree amongst the Papers of the Great Sessions states that she was the daughter of
Thomas Mendus. There can be little doubt that this John Walter was the person of that name who, prior to 1509, held the appointment
of approver and chancellor of the county and lordships of Pembroke and West Haverford, and was succeeded in those
offices on 18 May, 1509, by Griffith Rede (Patent Rolls). This entry explains the reason for his coming to Pembrokeshire.
The issue from his marriage to Alson Mendus was as follows:
..........3. Anne Walter, b. Abt 1530,of, Hwlffordd, Pembrokeshire, Wales
............ OFFICE: Prior to 1509 held the appointment of approver and chancellor of
........... the county and lordships of Pembroke West Haverford; he was succeeded in these
........... offices by Gruffudd Read, 18 May 1509.
Possible Origins of Waters
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The Honorable Mayor Morus Walter of Hwlffordd
(Born 1530 Died June 1593)
..... 1 Morus Walter Born 1530 27 Jun 1593 St. Mary's, Hwlffordd, Pembrokeshire, Wales
.....Married Jane Waring b. Abt 1530, of, Tre-wern,
Nyfer, Pembrokeshire, Wales;
..........1. William Walter, "the Elder", b. Abt 1550, d. 12 Apr 1616,
.......... Hwlffordd, Pembrokeshire, Wales
..........2. Dafydd Walter About 1550 Hwlffordd, Pembrokeshire, Wales:
.......... Death Aft 24 Feb 1610/11, of, Llaneilfyw, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Notes and Inheritance
.......... OFFICE: Mayor of Hwlffordd, 1579, 1587. Gentleman.REMARKS:
.......... The Walter family were shoemakers and tradesmen in Hwlffordd.
Town of haverfordwest
Haverfordwest Town Council
2 Picton Place
Pembrokeshire, Wales SA61 2LU
William Walter, Sheriff , Mayor
Born About 1550
Died on 18 June 1614
Buried St Mary Parish
Haverfordwest, Wales, UK
by Palimentary Forces
William Walter Sheriff of Hwlffordd
Mayor of Haverfordwest in 1581, 1592 and 1597.
Castle Roch was founded in the 2nd half of the 13th century, although the lordship de Rupe (rock) can be traced back to about 1200. An earlier
fortress may have existed here, but the prominent D-shaped tower on this isolated rocky outcrop is thought to have been built by Adam de Rupe. The de Rupe, or Roche, family
came to an end in 1420 and the castle changed ownership a number of times until it came into the possession of the Walter family, who owned it when the Civil War broke out in 1642.
.....1 William Walters The ElderAbt 1550, of, Hwlffordd, Pembrokeshire,
Wales.....d. 12 Apr 1616, of, Trefrân, Y Garn, Pembrokeshire, Wales Married
.....Alice Barnard, b. Abt 1550 Children:
..........1. Rowland Walter, b. Cal 1586, of, Roch Castle,Y Garn, Pembrokeshire, Wales:
.......... d. 25 Jul 1619, of, Cwmygigfran, Llangynnwr, Carmarthenshire,
..........2. Elsbeth Walter, b. Abt 1570, of, Roch Castle, Y Garn, Pembrokeshire, Wales
..........3. George Walter, b. Abt 1570, of, Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales d. Bef 1610
..........4 Letis Walter, b. Abt 1570, of Roch Castle Pembrokeshire, Wales
..........5 Mary Walter, b. Abt 1570, of, Roch Castle Y Garn, Pembrokeshire,
..........6 Anne Walter, b. Abt 1600, of, Roch Castle Y Garn, Pembrokeshire, Wales
..........7 Mawd Walter, b. Abt 1600, of, Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales
..........8. Alice Walter, b. Abt 1600, of, Roch Castle Pembrokeshire, Wales
Notes and Inheritance
....... 1. OFFICE: Alderman of Hwlffordd.
....... 2. OFFICE: Sheriff of Hwlffordd, 1578.
....... 3. OFFICE: Mayor of Hwlffordd, 1581, 1592, and 1597.
....... *** Cites (Green, Francis. ....... "Walter of Roch Castle":
....... West Wales Historical Records, vol. 5 (1915) p. 283)
Pat Barker email@example.com
St Mary's Parish
to me, Alun
Dear Chris Walters
Revd Alun Evans has passed on your email to me as I have some knowledge of the history of St Mary's, Haverfordwest, parish.
We certainly have a very significant tomb of William Walter in the chancel of the church. he died on 18 June 1614 aged 70.
Described as an Alderman of the town, he was Sheriff in 1578 and mayor in 1581, 1592 and 1597.
Have a look at our website www.stmaryshaverfordwest.org.uk
Lucy Walter of the Walter(s) family might have been involved in the history of King Charles II; see
Please let me know if I can help further.
Best wishes Pat Barke