Sir Jonathan Trelawny, 2nd Baronet

Sir Jonathan Trelawny, 2nd Baronet (ca. 1623 – 5 March 1681), of Trelawny in the parish of Pelynt in Cornwall, England, was a Member of Parliament.


He was the fourth child and eldest son and heir of Sir John Trelawny, 1st Baronet (d. 16 February 1664), Sheriff of Cornwall for 1630.


He entered Parliament in 1660 as a Member of Parliament for his family's pocket borough of East Looe in Cornwall and the prestigious county seat of Cornwall in 1661.[2] He was elected for both East Looe and Liskeard in 1679 but was not called on to choose between them, and again in 1681, but died before Parliament convened. [3]

Marriage & progeny

He married Mary Seymour (1619–1680),[4] 6th daughter[5] of Sir Edward Seymour, 2nd Baronet (c. 1580–1659) of Berry Pomeroy in Devon, great-grandson of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector of England and eldest brother of Queen Jane Seymour (d. 1537), the third wife of King Henry VIII. By his wife he had six sons and at least one daughter as follows:

  • Captain John Trelawny (ca. 1646 – 14 May 1680), eldest son and heir apparent, a soldier killed in action at Tangier without issue, predeceased his father.[6]
  • Jonathan Trelawny, 2nd son, died an infant[7]
  • Sir Jonathan Trelawny, 3rd Baronet (1650–1721), 3rd and eldest surviving son and heir, destined for the priesthood, who succeeded his father in the baronetcy and became Bishop of Bristol, Bishop of Exeter and Bishop of Winchester.[7]
  • Major-General Charles Trelawny (ca. 1653 – 24 September 1731), a Member of Parliament[7]
  • William Trelawny, died unmarried[7]
  • Chichester Trelawny (d. 1694), unmarried[7]
  • Anne Trelawny, unmarried 1730, named in the wills of her brothers John & Charles. (V.O.C. page 577? s/be 477)
  • Brigadier-General Henry Trelawny (ca. 1658 – 8 January 1702), a Member of Parliament,[7] who married Rebecca Hals (1661–1699),[8] 5th daughter of Matthew Hals (d. 1675/6) of Efford in the parish of Eggbuckland,[9] and of Kenedon[10] in the parish of Sherford, both in Devon, and a co-heiress of her brother Matthew Hals (d. 1684) of Efford, from whom she inherited the manor of Efford.[11]
  • Mary Trelawny


  1. Kidd, Charles, Debrett's peerage & Baronetage 2015 Edition, London, 2015, p.B796
  2. Helms, M. W.; Watson, Paula (1983). "Trelawny, Jonathan I (c.1623-81)". In Henning, B. D. (ed.). The House of Commons 1660-1690. The History of Parliament Trust.
  3. "TRELAWNY, Jonathan I (c.1623-81), of Trelawne, Pelynt, Cornw". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  4. Buried 5 March 1680
  5. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p. 703, pedigree of Seymour
  6. Courtney, William Prideaux; Boase, George Clement (1878). Bibliotheca Cornubiensis. Longmans, Green, Reader and Dyer. p. 770. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  7. Kimber, Edward; Johnson, Richard; Wotton, Thomas (1771). The Baronetage of England. G. Woodfall. pp. 308–310. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  8. Date of birth per Vivian, p. 440
  9. History of Parliament biography
  10. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, pp. 439–40, pedigree of Hals of Kenedon
  11. Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p. 401
Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Buller
and another
Member of Parliament for East Looe
With: Henry Seymour
Succeeded by
Henry Seymour
Robert Atkyns
Preceded by
Sir John Carew
Hugh Boscawen
Member of Parliament for Cornwall
With: Sir John Coryton
Succeeded by
Francis Robartes
Sir Richard Edgcumbe
Preceded by
John Buller
John Connock
Member of Parliament for Liskeard
With: John Buller
Succeeded by
Chichester Wrey
John Connock
Preceded by
Henry Seymour
Charles Osborne
Member of Parliament for East Looe
With: Henry Seymour 1679–1680
John Kendall 1681
Succeeded by
Charles Trelawny
William Trumbull
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir William Godolphin
Vice-Admiral of South Cornwall
Succeeded by
John Trelawny
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Trelawny
(of Trelawny)
Succeeded by
Jonathan Trelawny

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