Sir John Trelawny, 4th Baronet

Sir John Trelawny, 4th Baronet (26 July 1691 – 2 February 1756), of Trelawne in Cornwall, was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1713 to 1734.

Trelawny was the eldest son of Sir Jonathan Trelawny, 3rd Baronet and his wife Rebecca Hele, daughter of Thomas Hele of Bascombe, Devon. His father was Bishop of Bristol, Bishop of Exeter and Bishop of Winchester. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 26 January 1708.[2] He married Agnes Blackwood daughter of Thomas Blackwood of Scotland. He succeeded his father in the baronetcy on 19 July 1721.[3]

The Trelawny family had extensive political interest in Cornwall. Trelawny entered Parliament at a by-election on 20 April 1713 as Member of Parliament for West Looe, a family seat, and was returned at the 1713 general election soon after. He was appointed Groom of the bedchamber to the Prince of Wales in 1714.[4] In 1715 he was returned unopposed as MP for Liskeard. He was appointed Recorder of East Looe in about 1721 and retained the position until 1734. He was returned unopposed as MP for West Looe again in 1722 and then for East Looe at the 1727 general election. He did not stand in 1734.[5]

Trelawny had no children, and his younger brother, Edward Trelawny, Governor of Jamaica, died before him. He was therefore succeeded in the baronetcy by his cousin, Harry.[3]


  1. Kidd, Charles, Debrett's peerage & Baronetage 2015 Edition, London, 2015, p.B796
  2. Foster, Joseph. "Tracie-Tyson in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp. 1501-1528". British History Online. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1902), Complete Baronetage volume 2 (1625-1649), Exeter: William Pollard and Co, p. 43, retrieved 14 November 2018
  4. "TRELAWNY, John II (1691-1756), of Trelawne, nr. Looe, Cornw". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  5. "TRELAWNY, John (1691-1756), of Trelawne, nr. Looe, Cornw". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Charles Hedges
Arthur Maynwaring
Member of Parliament for West Looe
With: Sir Charles Hedges 1713
Sir Charles Wager 1713–1715
Succeeded by
George Delaval
Thomas Maynard
Preceded by
Philip Rashleigh
William Bridges
Member of Parliament for Liskeard
With: Philip Rashleigh
Succeeded by
Edward Eliot
John Lansdell
Preceded by
George Delaval
Thomas Maynard
Member of Parliament for West Looe
With: George Delaval 1722–1723
Edward Trelawny 1724–1727
Succeeded by
Edward Trelawny
John Willes
Preceded by
Viscount Malpas
Sir Henry Hoghton
Member of Parliament for East Looe
With: Charles Longueville
Succeeded by
Charles Longueville
Edward Trelawny
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Charles Trelawny
Vice-Admiral of South Cornwall
Merged with North Cornwall
Preceded by
North and South Cornwall merged
Vice-Admiral of Cornwall
Succeeded by
Edward Boscawen
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Jonathan Trelawny
(of Trelawny)
Succeeded by
Harry Trelawny

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