Name: Robert Tresilian
Birth: in Cornwall
Death: 19 FEB 1389 in Tyburn, London
Burial: Greyfriars, London 1
Occupation: Chief Justice
Education: Exeter College, Oxford (fellow 1354)
Cause: Hanged for high treason
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Tradition goes that they could not hang Tresilian till they had removed from his person certain magic images and the head of a devil.
When Tresilian was discovered in hiding in Westminster, he was executed at Tyburn; Mayor Nicholas Brembre was similarly dispatched the next day.
?I can find nothing respecting his origin or education, except a doubtful statement that he was of a Cornish family, and that he was elected a fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, in 1354.?
He died unpitied, and, notwithstanding the ?historical doubts? by which we are beset, no one has yet appeared to vindicate his memory.
He was born in Cornwall, and held land in Tresillian, near Truro.
Sir Robert Tresilian is a major character within the play Thomas of Woodstock (attributed by some to Shakespeare) and is the king's chief justice and one of his hated favorites.
- Emeline Tresilian
- Type: Book
Periodical: Atrocious Judges: Lives of Judges Infamous as Tools of Tyrants and
Author: John Campbell Campbell