TREWE, Andrew (d.1604), of York.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

s. of Richard Trewe, cordwainer, of York by his w. Jennet. m. 15 Nov. 1556, Jane, da. of Oswin Edwyne of York, 1s. 2da.

Offices Held

Freeman, York c.1556, chamberlain 1566-7, sheriff 1568-9, alderman 1581, ld. mayor 1585-6; high commr. prov. of York 1599.


Trewe was a mercer and merchant adventurer who traded through the Sound to the Baltic. His propery was probably all within the city boundaries. He leased the castle mills from the corporation, and in 1589 was granted the lease of another tenement. In 1574 and 1582 he purchased a number of houses in York. When, in 1579, a charter was granted to London’s Eastland merchants, he was chosen to go there to resolve disputes. He was of moderate wealth, being put down for £20 in the Queen’s loan of 1590. As a draper he was a natural choice to view the city’s cloth to determine its selling price. At a council meeting in 1570 the opinion was ‘that the cloths made for this city [are appraised] too high in value’. Trewe and another merchant offered to buy them at this price; the offer was accepted, and both failed to pay on the appointed days. In 1593 the York MPs were put on Commons committees concerned with cloth (14 Mar.), kerseys (23 Mar.), weirs (28 Mar.), maimed soldiers (2 Apr.) and spinners and weavers (3 Apr.).

Trewe’s was one of the few deaths in All Saints Pavement, York in late 1604 not attributed to plague. He was buried there 29 Nov., the administration of his estate being granted to his widow, Jane, the following 29 Apr. The heir was his son William.

York City Lib., Skaife mss; HMC Hatfield, ix. 397; York Freemen (Surtees Soc. xcvi), 242, 276; (cii), 7, 26; York Mercers (Surtees Soc. cxxix), 195-6, 201-5, 213; J. J. Cartwright, Chapters in Yorks. Hist. 372-4; York Civic Recs. passim; York house bks. 30, ff. 64, 67-8, 113, 209, 378; 31, ff. 2, 14, 297; 32, f. 106; chamberlain’s accts.; D’Ewes, 501, 507, 512, 513, 514; Yorks. Fines (Yorks. Arch. Soc. rec. ser. v), 49, 184; Par. Reg. All Saints Pavement, York (Yorks. Par. Reg. Soc. c), 111.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A. M. Mimardière