TRENCHARD, George II (c.1575-1610), of Wolveton, Dorset and London

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer




Family and Education

b. c.1575, 1st s. of George Trenchard I of Wolveton by his 1st w. educ. Magdalen Coll. Oxf. 1588; M. Temple 1594. m. (1) Elizabeth, da. of John Whitson, alderman of Bristol, s.p.; (2) 11 June 1610, Penelope, da. of Thomas Darcy, 3rd Baron Chiche, later Earl Rivers, s.p. Kntd. 1603.

Offices Held

Jt. (with his fa.) keeper of Sandsfoot castle 1601.


Trenchard’s father wished ‘to train up and make serviceable to her Majesty’ his eldest son, who thus found himself taking the family’s turn as knight of the shire at the age of 26. In this capacity he may have served on the main business committee (3 Nov.) and the committee on monopolies (23 Nov.). But he got into debt in London, confessing in his last illness, 25 June 1610, that his extravagance had almost broken his father’s heart: ‘and so there is an end of too much because it will wear now very deep (as I know) into your estate’. His widow remarried on 8 July 1611.

Roberts thesis: W. J. Pinks, Hist. Clerkenwell, 46; HMC Hatfield, xi. 467; D’Ewes, 624, 649; Harl. 1579, f. 132; Suss. N. and Q. ix. 8, ex inf. J. P. Ferris.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler