TRELAWNY, Samuel (1630-66), of Ham, nr. Plymouth, Devon and Hengar House, St. Tudy, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Constituency

Dates

5 May - 12 June 1660
9 June 1660
1661 - Apr. 1666

Family and Education

bap. 31 Mar. 1630, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Robert Trelawny, merchant, of Ham; bro. of John Trelawny. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1647; G. Inn 1647, called 1661. m. 5 Feb. 1651, Elizabeth, da. and h. of John Billing of Hengar, s.p. suc. fa. 1644.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Devon Aug. 1660-d., Cornw. 1661-d.; j.p. Devon and Cornw. 1661-d.

Biography

Trelawny was descended from one of the cadet branches of the Trelawne family which established themselves in Tudor Plymouth. His grandfather served three terms as mayor, and his father, ‘a merchant of great reputation’, represented the borough in the Short and Long Parliaments until disabled for expressing royalist opinions. He was imprisoned in the autumn of 1642 for supplying the King’s garrisons and died in captivity two years later. His losses were computed at £10,000 besides the burning of his new house at Ham.2

Trelawny, a lawyer, doubtless inherited his father’s royalist sympathies, and held no office during the Interregnum, though he sat in Richard Cromwell’s Parliament. He might thus be considered within the qualifications imposed by the Long Parliament for the general election of 1660, when he was involved in double returns at Camelford, eight miles from Hengar, and Plymouth. He was seated for the Cornish borough on the merits of the return, and marked as a friend on Lord Wharton’s list. But he doubtless supported the Court, though he was not active in the Convention. At most, he was named to 11 committees and made three recorded speeches, though even here there is the possibility of confusion with