Name: Thomas Trenchard
Prefix: Sir 1
Death: 1553 1
Residence: Wolveton House, Dorset
Change Date: 2 MAR 2013
Also married Elizabeth Strangeways and Editha Hyrdeford, but it seems had no issue by them.
Sir Thomas Trenchard is well known for entertaining Philip & Joan of Castile in 1506. The grateful King offered Sir Thomas gifts. The portraits of Philip and Joan were part of these and also the "Spanish Fireplace" at Wolfeton.
The story of the establishment of the house of Bedford is also well known. Sir Thomas knew no Spanish, and to aid him in talking to the king he involved 'a young kinsman' John Russell to do the translating, since he had travelled in Spain.
This John Russell was presumably related to Ann Russell of Kingston Russell nearby, his sister-in-law. By all accounts he was a bit of a layabout since Sir Thomas was anxious to get rid of him since he seemed to think that Sir Thomas should keep him. John accompanied Philip to London where he found favour at court. Later he prospered under Henry VIII helping with the dissolution of the monasteries. He was created Duke of Bedford and awarded the lands at Woburn which is still the seat of the Dukes of Bedford.
Father: John Trenchard
Mother: Eleanor Philoll
Anne or Hawise De La Lynde
- Thomas Trenchard
- Type: Web Site
Title: Trenchard Family History
Author: Rodney Bryant