He was born in Bideford on 24 January 1843, a son of Captain Hon. George Rolle Walpole Trefusis (1793-1849), a younger son of Robert George William Trefusis, 17th Baron Clinton (1764–1797)
he was educated at Cheltenham College and Exeter College, Oxford. Ordained in 1866, he began his ordained ministry as a curate in Buckingham. He was then appointed by his cousin Mark Rolle, lord of the manor and patron of the living, as Vicar of Chittlehampton. The parish church of Chittlehampton was dedicated to the little-known St Urith, believed to have been a local Saxon maiden born and martyred within the parish, and Trefusis named one of his daughters Hyeritha Trefusis in her honour. She became known to local parishioners as "Miss Urith". He subsequently served for 33 years as Suffragan Bishop of Crediton. He died on 9 July 1930.
- The Times, Thursday, Feb 25, 1897; pg. 7; Issue 35136; col F Ecclesiastical Intelligence Consecration of the Bishop of Crediton.
- “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
- The Times, Monday, Feb 26, 1866; pg. 9; Issue 25431; col F Diocese of Oxford-ordinations
- "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
- Andrews, Rev. J.H.B., Chittlehampton, Transactions of the Devon Association, vol.94, 1962, pp.233-338, p.241
- He was also additionally Archdeacon of Barnstaple from 1909- Who was Who (ibid)
- Obituary-Bishop Trefusis A Long Ministry In Devon The Times Thursday, Jul 10, 1930; pg. 16; Issue 45561; col A
- "Exeter's Northernhay War Memorial". Exeter Memories. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
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1897 – 1930
William Frederick Surtees
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