Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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John Trengove, the junior Member for one of the coinage towns in Cornwall in the Parliament of 1547, was probably a relative of Henry Trengove alias Nance*, clerk of the coinage. The clerk had a son named John, a student at Lincoln’s Inn in the late 1540s, who only attained his majority at the turn of the decade. As Trengove’s Membership is known only from the Crown Office list revised for the last session of the Parliament in 1552, the aspiring lawyer may well have entered the Parliament at a by-election, but if he was the Member the returning officer seems to have used the aliasrarely used by himself. The lawyer had a namesake, a tinner who brought tin to the coinages held at Truro in 1550 and 1551, and notwithstanding his obscurity his trade and links suggest that he was the Member.2

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: J. J. Goring


  • 1. Hatfield 207.
  • 2. Vis. Cornw. ed. Vivian, 485; CPR, 1563-6, p. 398; Black Bk. L. Inn, i. 288, 291, 296; L.I. Adm. Reg. i. 56; C142/134/184; NRA 5960, p. 443; E101/273/20, m. 10v; 274/16, m. 1.