TROTT, Thomas (by 1483-1524 of later), of Bodmin, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1483.2

Offices Held

Commr. subsidy, Cornw. 1514, Bodmin 1515, 1523, 1524; ?servant of Catherine, dowager Countess of Devon in 1524.3


Thomas Trott came from one of the leading families in Bodmin. The first glimpse of him is during the winter of 1503-4 when he was paid 20d. by the mayor for an unspecified task performed about the time of the parliamentary election there. Ten years later he was appointed to the commission to supervise the collection of a tax granted in the last session of the Parliament of 1512; the inclusion of his name points to his Membership of the Commons which had agreed to the grant, an inference which is borne out by his appearance in the next Parliament, the third of Henry VIII’s reign, when the King had asked for the return of the previous Members. Trott received some money towards his expenses together with John Flamank and served on the subsidy commission following the Parliament. It is possible that he was re-elected in 1523, as in that year and in 1524 he was reappointed subsidy commissioner. No further trace of him has been found.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: J. J. Goring


  • 1. HP, ed. Wedgwood 1439-1509 (Biogs.), 877 and (Reg.), 592 are almost certainly in error in ascribing a parliamentary career to Trott under Henry VII. J. Maclean, Trigg Minor, i. 224, 243, citing the lost town records, gives his name as Thomas Nott.
  • 2. Date of birth estimated from first reference.
  • 3. Statutes, iii. 113, 175; LP Hen. VIII, iii, iv; E36/223 ex inf. W. Harwood.
  • 4. HP, ed. Wedgwood 1439-1509 (Biogs.), 876-7; Maclean, i. 224, 235-6; Lysons, Magna Britannia, iii. 32.