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John Trenchard

English Politician John Trenchard

Profession: English Politician

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Became a member of parliament for Taunton in 1679. He was associated with a group who proposed to exclude the Duke of York from the throne, and attended some of their meetings.

It is possible he was concerned in the Rye House Plot; the 1683 plot to assassinate King Charles II of England and his brother James, Duke of York. Trenchard was arrested in July 1683, but no definite evidence was brought against him so he was released. He was knighted in 1689.

Born: March 30, 1649
Birthplace: Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England
Star Sign: Aries

Died: April 27, 1695 (aged 46)

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