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Sir William Trussell

Sir William Trussell was buried in St Michael's chapel in Westminster Abbey. A legacy was received from him by the Abbey sacrist in 1346-1347 so it is assumed he died then. No monument or gravestone has been recorded for him. His burial appears in early Abbey tomb lists and in Camden's guide to the Abbey published in 1600.

He is often confused with other men of the same name in this period ie. one who was a sheriff of Kent and another who was a sheriff in Anglesey.

Sir William was a knight of the shire in Leicestershire and a retainer of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. After the battle of Boroughbridge he fled abroad but returned in 1326. His main claim to fame is his part in the deposition of Edward II and was on the jury of knights that exonerated Thomas Berkeley from taking part in Edward's death at Berkeley Castle. William went abroad on various diplomatic missions and was a powerful statesman in the reigns of Edward II and Edward III.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Sir William Trussell
St Andrew, St Michael and St John the Evangelist chapels

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