Extracts about members of the Pullan / Pulleyn family
- In 1672 there were 108 householders in Otley who paid the tax for their fires or hearth-stones.
Among the principal contributors was Seth Pullan, 7; Mr Pullan, 5.
See Thoresby Soc. Pub., vol. iv., p. 26-27.
- In a church, unnamed, there is a portion of
an old memorial tablet (date about 1640) to Wm. Vasasour, Esq., of
Stead Hall in the township of Burnley. Mary Pulleyn was his sole
heiress and there is in the choir a tablet erected to Thomas Pulleyn,
Esq., of Burley Hall, who died in 1759.
- Early in the
reign of Elizabeth I there was a dispute as to the bounds of the
common of Leathley and an action was entered against the Rev.
Thos. Holme, rector, and the inhabitants of Leathley, touching the
boundaries,as some encroachment appears to have been made on the
Royal Forest. In 1575 the depositions of some old men were taken
at Lindley by Sir Wm. Ingleby, Kt., Chr. Mather, John Pulleyn and John Waterhouse.
- The manor of Burley came to the Middletons and
from them was purchased by John Pulleyn, who died in 1644. The
Pulleyns long resided at the old Hall. They had already resided in
this part of Yorkshire for several centuries, and their name occurs in
Fewston parish as early as the Poll Tax of 1379. There are at least
three distinct branches of the family, doubtless all of one stock,
namely of Fewston, Killinghall or Ripley and Scotton and from the
last mentioned descends the Pulleyns of Burley. The celebrated Dr.
Samuel Pulleyn, first Master of the Leeds Grammar School and
afterwards Archbishop of Tuam, was the son of the Rev. William
Pulleyn, rector of Ripley (1583-1632) by his first wife Joan, daughter of
George Sheffield, of Bothams in the parish of Fewston. Archbishop
Pulleyn married a daughter of the Rev. Alex. Cooke, vicar of Leeds,
whose sister was the wife of Archbishop Bramhall, of Armagh, who,
by the way was born at Pontefract in 1593. A cousin of Archbishop
Bramhall, I may add, was the Rev. George Walker, a native of
Bingley, Co York and senior rector of Donoughmore, Co Tyrone,
who was the father of the celebrated hero-priest, the Rev. George
Walker, D.D., governor of Derry in the famous siege of 1689,
the enemies of William and the Faith, whose great monument, a
fluted column eighty-one feet high, surmounted by a statue of Walker,
stands in the centre of the Royal Bastion in the city of Derry.
- The above John Pulleyn, of Burley, was the son of John Pulleyn of
Scotton, by Mary his wife, daughter of Henry Tempest. Thomas
Pulleyn, grandson of John, who died in 1644, married Anne, only
daughter and heiress of John Fairfax of Menston, and their son
Thomas, who died in 1759, aged 58, was for many years Clerk of
the Peace for the West Riding. By his first wife, Frances Hammond,
he left a daughter, Frances, who married the Rev. Thomas Mosley,
M.A., rector of Stonegrave, in Ryedale, whose son Thos. Pulleyn
Mosely, Esq., succeeded to the Burley estates.
- Burley Hall, as mentioned above, is the old manor house and
former residence of the Pulleyns. Thomas Pulleyn, as stated, died
at Burley in 1759 and his widow Mrs Mary Pulleyn
died at the Hall in 1786, aged 82. She was the great-granddaughter to
Dr. Sterne, Archbishop of York, (ob.1683) her father being Richard
Sterne Esq., of Woodhouse in the parish of Halifax. Mrs Pulleyn
was also the sister to the wife of Jeremiah Rawson Esq., lord of the manor
of Bradford. The hall was almost wholly consumed by fire, through
the carelessness of servants, in December 1822 and was rebuilt by
the Rev. T.F.Wilson, lord of the manor, who died in 1837.
- William Vavasour, of Stead Hall, (will dated 1642) left Mary
Pulleyn his sole heir, his aunt Agnes having married John Pulleyn
of Killinghall, and she, the said Mary, by indenture dated 1645,
left a charge of £10 per annum to the church at Otley, paid
out of a farm at Stead (see copy of the Will of Mary Pulleyn, of Stead, dated 1656.),
which in 1748 belonged to Mr Stansfield, of
Bradford and was then in the occupation of Wm. Windsor. At this
time the Pulleyns owned the manor of Burley (see above) ...
The old hall was pulled down some years ago and there are
now only two or three dwellings.
- In an indenture made in 1687 when the former property of Farrand or Ferrand House was sold by John Fawcett,
of Haverah Park, gent., to Francis Bradley, of Stainburn, in the
parish of Kirkby Overblow, yeoman, there is a reference to a piece
of newly enclosed land, formerly part of the Upper Wood, which was
had in exchange from one Peter Currer by Thomas Farrand, deceased.
The dwelling is called Hog Close House and is always
described by this name in deeds of transfer and sale down to 1740.
There was about eight and a half acres of land attached to it. The
property was eventually bought by Major Briggs and on his death, a
century ago (ca 1800), was inherited by his daughter Mary, wife of Wm. Pullan,
whose grandson, Mr Walter Pullan, of Langbar, is the present owner.
- To the late Major Briggs belonged a good deal of land in the above area,
which at the time of his death was divided between his
only son, by his first wife, and three daughters, by his second wife.
The ekdest daughter, Ellen Briggs, married Matthew Pullan, whose
brother, William Pullan of Langbar, married another daughter, Mary;
the third, Susannah, being the wife of Benj. Popplewell of Guiseley,
master, father of the late Mr. Benj. Briggs Popplewell who built
the conspicious Beacon House in 1848 on a site know as Brass Castle.
I have a
copy of the pedigree of this family should you be interested.
- About two centuries ago Samuel Pullan lived at Hardisty Farm in Langbar.
Some of his ancestors, the Kendalls resided at the old farm of
Grassgarths in the parish of Weston and also in Nessfield.
- Having just read about warfare in the time of the Civil Wars in England in the 1600s
- gunpowder, muskets etc - I see the comment made just over a hundred years ago
How strange in these days of advanced warfare, of repeater rifles
and Luddite shells, to find our ancient fathers ministering to the freedom
of England from
all foreign enemies, with
oyle bottels and rushes
for musketts! In 1638 I fond John Pulan was paid 2d. for bringing
a letter from York...
Extracts taken from the book
Upper Wharfedale: Being a complete account of the history, antiquities
and scenery of the picturesque valley of the Wharfe, from Otley to Langstrothdale,
by Harry Speight, published 1900.
More details of the Pulleyns can be found in
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Visitations of the North,
The publications of the Surtees Society established in the year 1884,
Volume CXXXIII for the year M.CM.XX, Part 2 published 1921,
pages 26 and 126-129 including family trees.