TRUSLOVE, John (b.c.1540), of Beverley, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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b. c.1540.

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A ‘governor’ of Beverley 1575-95, mayor 1586, 1590, 1593, j.p. Jan.-Oct. 1592, Jan.-Sept. 1595.


Truslove’s parentage has not been traced. His father, however, was probably of Beverley, where the Trusloves were established from at least the beginning of the sixteenth century. A cadet branch in Wiltshire, described in the heralds’ visitation as descended from the Beverley Trusloves, had settled at Avebury before the dissolution.

From 1578, when he was elected one of three new governors or aldermen of the town, Truslove was among its most prominent and active officials. He was deprived of his municipal offices in 1595, presumably as a result of his quarrel with the corporation over his claims for expenses incurred on behalf of the town. His story was that as a ‘governor’ he had successfully undertaken several suits for the town at court, resulting in grants to the town of lands and annuities, and that he was out of pocket over lawsuits he had pursued for the corporation. Perhaps he left Beverley. In the Chancery action he brought against the corporation in 1595 he was described as of London.

E134/37-38 Eliz. Mich. 7 York; Beverley Recs. (Yorks. Arch. Soc. rec. ser. lxxxiv), passim; G. Oliver, Hist. Beverley, 393; Vis Wilts. (Harl. Soc. cv, cvi), 198-9; Wilts. N. and Q. viii. 215-16; C2 Eliz. T3/46.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: B.D.