Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameJohn TREVOR III
Death1589, London
SpouseMary BRIDGES
Birth1523
FatherSir George BRIDGES (1497-1546)
MotherElizabeth WHITE (1501-)
Children
Birth1558
Death1638
Birth1563
Death1629
Birth1565
Death1633
Birth1573
Death1656
Notes for John TREVOR III
Started building Trevalyn Hall in 1576. Portrait is with TCJ at 10 Northbourne Road. See Trevors of Trevalyn55. Monument in Gresford Church.


From www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

The Trevors of Trevalyn were a junior branch of the Trevors of Brynkinalt in Denbigh, who claimed royal descent from Tudor Trevor, a Welsh prince of the tenth century. At first there was little to distinguish the Trevors from many other Welsh squires of ancient lineage but they had an eye to the main chance, had the good fortune to find patrons to satisfy their ambitions and by the end of the sixteenth century had risen to be one of the leading families in east Denbighshire. The history of their advance in the early years of the century is obscure. In March 1528/9 the King granted to John Trevor, yeoman of the guard, a lease for ten years of the lordships and manors of Sandeford and Osleston in the Lordship of Bramfield and Yale in Denbighshire; in 1539 the reversion of his keepership of wood in 'Le little parke' in the lordship of Chirk was granted to Geoffrey Bromefelde. This John Trevor may have been the father of the Elizabethan John Trevor III who set the family on its upward path by joining the service of Sir Richard Sackville (d. 1566 see D.N.B.), Treasurer at Wars to Henry VIII and Chancellor of the Court of Augmentations, to whom he was related by marriage. The close and friendly relationship with the Sackvilles was maintained after Sir Richard's death and in his will of 1589 John Trevor commended his children to the care of Lord Buckhurst and his heir Mr. Robert Sackville. Only the outlines of John Trevor's career are known from his funeral inscription in Gresford church: 'The years of his youth he spent abroad in the wars in France under Henry VIII; the middle years of his life he passed in travelling through foreign countries; his latter days he spent at home in the government and service of his native country.' In 'his latter days' he held two minor offices, that of particular surveyor of lands in Cheshire in the survey of the Exchequer at a salary of £13 6s. 8d. granted during pleasure on 19 Aug. 1559 and Queen's attorney in the lordship in Bromfield and Yale at £5 yearly in 1575. The Sackvilles evidently rewarded John Trevor with annuities from their Sussex properties; from 1563-75 he was enjoying annuities of £60 from the manor of Wilmington, £13 6s. 8d. from 'Wanmarshe,' and £13 6s. 8d. from 'an Iron myll in Sussex that one Boyer doth occupie.' John Trevor began to build Trevalyn Hall in Allington, Denbigh, in 1576 which was completed in about 1606.


From National Library of Wales

TREVOR family, of Trevalun, Denbs. , Plas Têg, Flints. , and Glynde , Sussex . The Trevalun Trevors were founded by RICHARD , sometimes called Sir RICHARD TREVOR ( fl. 1500 ), 4th son of John Trevor ‘ hên ’ and sixteenth in descent ‘o dad i dad’ from Tudur Trevor (see under Trevor of Brynkynallt ), who acquired the estate by marriage with Mallt , heiress of David ap Gruffydd of Allington (d. 1476 ). Richard 's great-grandson JOHN TREVOR (d. 1589 ) fought in the French wars of Henry VIII as a protégé of the powerful Sackvilles , and was claimed as an adherent of Rome as late as 1574 . He built Trevalun in 1576 and spent his later years there, dying in London (his wife's home) but charging his heir that his bones should rest with those of his ancestors; the heir erected to his memory in Gresford church an alabaster tomb with effigy and Welsh inscription (quoted Palmer , Gresford , 101). A portrait believed to be of this John Trevor still hangs at Trevalun . RICHARD TREVOR (d. 1614 ), of Doctors' Commons ( 18 Feb. 1598 ), a judge of admiralty , was probably John Trevor 's brother ( Coote , Civilians , 65, McClure , Letters of J. Chamberlain , i, 544-5).
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