TREVISA, William (c.1645-80), of Crokedon, St. Mellion, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Oct. 1679 - Dec. 1680

Family and Education

b. c.1645, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of William Trevisa of Crokedon by Elizabeth, da. of John Davy of Medland, Cheriton Bishop, Devon. m. Mary, da. of Ambrose Manaton of Trecarrell, Lezant, Cornw., s.p. suc. fa. 1673.1

Offices Held

Capt. of militia ft. Cornw. by 1679-d., commr. for assessment 1679-d.2


Trevisa came from a minor gentry family which can be traced back to the middle of the 14th century, when Ralph Trevisa represented several Cornish boroughs. His father served in the royalist army in the first Civil War and compounded in 1650 for a fine of £153. Trevisa defeated the court candidate William Coryton at Callington, four miles from his home, at the second general election of 1679. He came up to London for the second Exclusion Parliament, and died during the session without leaving any trace on its records, though presumably he supported exclusion. His will was proved on 15 Dec. 1680, and he was buried eight days later at St. Dionis Backchurch, in which parish his brother had an oil business. Crokedon was eventually sold to Coryton, and no later member of the family entered Parliament.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 509.
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1679-80, p. 62.
  • 3. Gilbert, Paroch. Hist. Cornw. iii. 309; PCC 173 Bath; St. Dionis Backchurch (Harl. Soc. Reg. iii), 247.