TREDENHAM, Seymour (?1670-96), of Ware, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1695 - 10 Sept. 1696

Family and Education

bap. 14 Jan. 1669[–70], 3rd but 2nd surv. s. of Sir Joseph Tredenham*, and bro. of John Tredenham*.  educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1686.  m. aft. 1693, Margaret (d. 1722), da. of Thomas Lewis of Westminster, Mdx. wid. of Sir Richard Tufton of Tufton Street, Westminster, s.p.1

Offices Held

Comptroller of coinage of tin and keeper of Lostwithiel gaol 1692–d.2


Tredenham was named after his mother and no doubt benefited from the favour of his uncle, Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Bt.* Indeed, it was during his uncle’s tenure of office at the Treasury that he was given two small offices in the duchy of Cornwall. Further, in 1693 he received a crown grant for 31 years (with arrears to April 1688) of the duty of post-groats in Cornwall. Defeated at Tregony in 1695, he was returned for St. Mawes, being forecast in January 1696 as likely to oppose the government on the proposed council of trade. He refused to sign the Association and voted for fixing the price of guineas at 22s. in March. A few days later, on the 27th, he was given leave of absence. He died of smallpox on 10 Sept. 1696 and was buried at Ware, his wife’s seat in Hertfordshire. He had made a will in August 1695, giving his residence as Ware and leaving his estate to his wife. She subsequently remarried twice.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Stuart Handley


  • 1. IGI, Cornw.; Misc. Gen. et Her. n.s. ii. 283; Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 456.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. ix. 1644–5; xi. 56.
  • 3. CJ, xiv. 158; Cal. Treas. Bks. ix. 1892; Top. and Gen. iii. 29; Clutterbuck, Herts. iii. 309; PCC 18 Pyne.