1650 - 1721 (71 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.
||Jonathan Trelawny |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||24 Mar 1650
||19 Jul 1721
||Chelsea, Middlesex, England
||18 Mar 2010 |
- 3rd Baronet
Bishop of Bristol, Exeter and Chichester
He was educated at Westminster School and then went to Christ Church, Oxford at the start of the Michaelmas term of 1668 where he distinguished himself as a scholar. A staunch royalist, he was ordained in 1673 and became a beneficed clergyman. He was appointed rector of South Hill on 4 October and of St. Ive on 12 December 1677. He was one of the Seven Bishops tried under James II .
Trelawny and the other bishops petitioned against James II's Declaration of Indulgence in 1687 and 1688, (granting religious tolerance to Catholics) and as a result he was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London on charges of seditious libel . The bishops said that whilst they were loyal to King James II, their consciences would not agree to allowing freedom of worship to Catholics even if it were to be within the privacy of their own homes as the Declaration proposed; thus they could not sign. Trelawny was held for three weeks before trial, then tried and acquitted; this lead to great celebrations, with bells being rung in his home parish of Pelynt.
Trelawny was rewarded by being appointed Bishop of Exeter after the military defeat of James II and the accession of the Protestant William of Orange to the British throne. He died in 1721, in Chelsea , Middlesex , having again been promoted, this time to the see of Winchester. His body was brought back for burial to Pelynt in Cornwall.