Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameSir Richard TREVOR , 1523
FatherJohn TREVOR III , 470 (-1589)
MotherMary BRYDGES , 471 (1523-)
ChildrenMary , 9975
 Magdalen , 11281 (-1656)
 Dorothy , 11285
 Margaret , 11286 (-1625)
Notes for Sir Richard TREVOR
Monument in Gresford Church with an inscription about his life as a soldier and member of the Council of the Marches and Vice Admiral of North Wales. See Trevors of Trevalyn. Portrait with ESC-J and shows the contrast between him as a young man and at the time of his portrait: “So then now thus”. Described in Pennant’s Tours in Wales 1773-1776 vol III page 390.

From Wikipedia

Sir Richard Trevor (1558–1638) was a Welsh landowner, soldier and politician.

He was the eldest son of John Trevor of Trevalyn Hall, Denbighshire. He was the elder brother of Sir John Trevor, Sir Thomas Trevor and Sir Sackville Trevor. He inherited the Trevor family estate of Trevalyn in Denbighshire on the death of his father in 1589.

Trevor was knighted in 1597, while on military service in Ireland, and, like his younger brothers Sackville Trevor and John Trevor, he enjoyed the patronage of Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham. He was brought in as MP for Bletchingley to replace Howard when Howard elected to represent Surrey. He became a member of the Council of Wales and the Marches in 1602. From 1596 to 1626 he was vice-admiral of North Wales.

He married Katherine, daughter of Roger Puleston of Emral; they had four daughters. Trevalyn was bequeathed to his nephew, Sir John Trevor.

From History of Parliament online

Family and Education

b. 1558, 1st s. of John Trevor of Trevalyn by Mary, da. of Sir George Brydges of London: bro. of John and Thomas. m. Katherine, da. of Roger Puleston of Emral, 4da. suc. fa. 1589. Kntd. 1597.2

Offices Held

Capt. Denb. musters in Ireland 1595-8; dep. lt. Denb. 1595-1601, 1603; v.-adm. N. Wales c.1596-1626; member, council in the marches of Wales 1601; gov. Newry c.1634.3


Trevor inherited the substantial estate of Trevalyn and an influential connexion from his father, a servant of the Sackvilles. His marriage linked him with the Pulestons of Emral and together they constituted a powerful interest in east Denbighshire opposed to the Salusburys of Lleweni and their allies. The rivalry between the two factions came to a head in the contested county election of 1588. Trevor wished to stand for election in opposition to William Almer of Pant Iocyn, who stood with Lleweni backing. However, Trevor’s faction had another candidate in John Edwards II of Chirk, and in the event Trevor, who had not yet succeeded to his estates, stood down in favour of Edwards.

For much of the period 1595-8 Trevor was on active service in Ireland, where he was knighted by the lord deputy. At home, the 2nd Earl of Pembroke recommended him for the deputy lieutenancy of his county, an appointment which lapsed on the Earl’s death. He owed his appointment as vice-admiral of North Wales in 1596 to his brother John’s connexions with Charles Howard I, the lord admiral. In 1597 he was brought in at a by-election for Howard’s borough of Bletchingley, where John already had a seat. Meanwhile another brother, Sackville, was serving in Ireland with the Earl of Essex, who had a large following in Denbighshire, including many of the anti-Salusbury faction. It is not known how involved Sir Richard Trevor became with the group of malcontents surrounding Essex—although he had been engaged in pressing men for Essex in Ireland, he was certainly not implicated in the rising of 1601—but in the contested election of that year in which he was a candidate, he represented Essex’s followers against the rising star of Lleweni, Sir John Salusbury.

In the Star Chamber cases which followed the turbulent 1601 county election at Wrexham, Trevor was charged with rigging the latest musters for Ireland for electioneering purposes, and encouraging his supporters, the Lloyds of Bodidris, the Breretons of Borras, the Salesburys of Rûg, to come to the election with bands of armed men. Owing to the disorder, the election was postponed until three days before Parliament ended, when Salusbury was elected.

With his rival Sir John Salusbury in ascendancy in Denbighshire, Trevor returned to Ireland in 1603 where he commanded a Newry garrison until 1606, retiring with testimonials from Ellesmere, the lord chancellor (‘a gentleman whom I love and respect’) and an annuity of £50. Although he retained his interest in Ireland—he returned in 1634 to assume his short-lived governorship of Newry and the counties of Down and Armagh—most of his remaining life was taken up with county administration in Denbighshire and the consolidation of his estates there, which involved him in frequent litigation in the Exchequer and Star Chamber courts. His will, drawn up two years before his death, made his nephew, Sir John Trevor, the heir to Trevalyn and the bulk of his estates. The executrix was Trevor’s daughter Magdalene, who had married into the Bagnall family of Plas Newydd, Anglesey.4

From National Library of Wales

Sir RICHARD TREVOR ( 1558 - 1638 ), soldier, politician, and Irish administrator , was the eldest son of the above John Trevor . Even before inheriting he was involved in Star Chamber suits to defend his title, and in the county election of 1588 he aligned himself with the faction (largely recusant in composition) that challenged the dominance of the Salusbury s of Lleweni and the Almer s of Almer , first as their prospective candidate and then as backer of the victorious John Edwards (see under Edwards of Chirkland ), in association with his father-in-law Roger Puleston of Emral . He spent most of 1595-8 campaigning (as captain of Denbighshire levies ) in Ireland , where he was knighted by the lord-deputy in May 1597 . He now shared with his three brothers (below) the patronage of lord admiral Howard of Effingham , who made him his vice-admiral in North Wales ( c. 1596 ) and introduced him to parliament for one of his pocket boroughs ( 1597 ), in return for services rendered by Trevor as deputy-lieutenant for Denbighshire ( 1596 ) over the county musters for the Cadiz expedition of Howard and Essex, in collusion with Essex 's captains , John Salusbury of Rûg and John Lloyd of Bodidris , whose son married Trevor 's daughter. In 1598 he led the whole North Wales contingent to Chester for embarkation to Ireland , but arrived with his own Denbighshire quota under strength through his rejection of recruits mustered by adherents of Lleweni, whose later attempts to obstruct Lloyd 's recruiting for Essex in Ireland drew Trevor into a bloody affray at Ruthin ( 1600 ). After Essex 's execution ( 1601 ) Trevor rallied local sympathisers in a last bid for the county seat at the September election in Wrexham, which by coinciding with another Irish muster gave cover for carrying arms and provoked a situation so ugly that polling had to be called off till after Parliament met, when Lleweni carried the day. Trevor was dismissed from his deputy-lieutenancy, and for two years involved in Star Chamber suits arising out of the 1596 and 1600 musters and the 1601 election, and although this was offset by his appointment to the Council of Wales ( 1602 ), he returned to Ireland from 1603-6 , with a command in the Newry garrison.

Home on a pension of £50 a year in 1606 , he made his peace with the government, recovered his deputy-lieutenancy and served as sheriff of Denbighshire ( 1610 ) and Flintshire ( 1613 ), but resigned his vice-admiralty in 1626 to his son-in-law John Griffith (see under Griffith of Cefnamwlch ). Meanwhile he was engaged in renewed Star Chamber suits with his neighbours ( c. 1610 ) and in replying in absentia to charges in the High Commission Court (dismissed by Laud as ‘ of noe such moment ’) connected with his monument to his wife in Gresford church ( 1634-5 ). He also took out small allotments in the Ulster plantation ( 1609-11 ), but seems to have spent little, if any, time there till at nearly 80 he went out as governor of Newry and of Cos. Down and Armagh ( c. 1634-5 ). He d. in 1638 , and was buried at Gresford , where he is commemorated in a mural monument of his own device.
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