Name: Walter ap Gwallter of Caerfyrddin
Surname: ap Gwallter
Given Name: Walter
Suffix: of Caerfyrddin
Walter of Roch Castle.
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Change Date: 30 Apr 2012 at 01:00:00
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 i6th 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, knt.
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 :-
1. Morris Walter, presumably the eldest son,-Lewis Dwnn, Vol. I., p.228.
2. William Walter, with whom we shall deal later on. See p. 283.
3. Ann Walter, who married Richard Bateman, by whom she had a son named William Bateman, and a daughter named Elizabeth, who married Matthew Synnett.-Papers of the Great Sessions.
[West Wales Historical Records, V:272]
- Morus Walter Mayor Hwlffordd
- William Walter Alderman Hwlffordd
- Anne Walter
- Thomas Walter Alderman Caerfyrddin
- Title: Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches Between the Years 1586 and 1613
Author: Lewys Dwnn, edited with notes by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick
Publication: Llandovery: William Rees, 1846
Page: vol. 1 p.35, 155, 228
- Title: Castell Gorfod Collection
Author: The Golden Grove Books of Pedigrees
Publication: MSS 7 (i-xxi) and 12
Text: The original manuscript was arranged in books labeled Book A, B, C, D, G, I, K, L, M, and N. Once bound in the Library of Wales, they became Books 1-21. (An extensive index at the beginning of film no. 104,349 lists what is contained in Books A-N.) Books A, D, G, I, K, and L are divided into more than one bound volume. Additional microfilmed pages from books B and G can be found under: Advenae of Pembrokeshire from the Golden Grove MSS.
Page: book 12, Advenae of Pembrokeshire, p.48
- Title: West Wales Historical Records, Volume V, Walter of Roch Castle
Author: Francis Green
Publication: Carmarthen, W Spurrell and Son, 1915
- Title: Genealogies of the Carmarthenshire Sheriffs from 1539-1913
Author: James Buckley
Publication: Carmarthen: W. Spurrell, 1910-1913