Trefusis (surname)

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Trefusis Farm (background) with herd of Friesian cows (foreground)

Trefusis (variants Trefusa and Trefuse) is a Cornish surname derived from the hamlet of Trefusis in the parish of Mylor, Cornwall. Among bearers of the name are the Barons Clinton: that title was successfully claimed in 1794 by Robert George William Trefusis, who became the seventeenth Baron.

The arms of Trefusis are: Argent a chevron between three spindles Sable; and the crest: A griffin segreant Or resting his dexter foot on a shield Argent.[1]

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  1. ^ Pascoe, W. H. (1979) A Cornish Armory. Padstow: Lodenek Press; p. 104
  2. ^ Pevsner, N. (1969) Cornwall; 2nd ed. Harmondsworth: Penguin; p. 125
  3. ^ "In the chancel aisle kneels a young man born when Charles Stuart was about to die [1649]; he is Francis Trefusis, carved in stone."--Arthur Mee in his Cornwall; England's farthest south, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1937.
  4. ^ Polwhele, Richard (1806) The Civil and Military History of Cornwall. London: Cadell and Davies; vol. 1, pp. 106-09