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The Trebartha Family

Trebartha Hall was owned by a family of that name until the end of the fifteenth century. This was an ancient family which flourished in Cornwall from the reign of Edward I (early 1100s) to Henry VII (1485-1509).  A newspaper article written in the 1880s suggests that the property was still owned by Walter Reynell in 1193.

Nicholas Trebartha, the last male heir, married in 1468 to Catherine Kelloway (Callaway), the daughter of John Kelloway. Nicholas died in the reign of Henry VII leaving his daughter Anne as sole heiress. She married in 1498 to Thomas Spoure of Misterton in Somerset; he was captain of a troop of horse and had been sent to Cornwall to suppress a rising against the Crown, and there met and married Anne. (Information from the Spoure Book).

The Trebartha family arms are shown in the headline of this page. The blazon is recorded as azure (blue), on a bend, wavy, argent (silver), three choughs, erased, sable (black).


In St Torney’s church is an incised slate displaying the arms of Trebartha and the arms of Kelloway along with the arms of the Spoure family.

The Spoure arms are in the centre.

The Trebartha arms can be seen in the upper left and lower right quarters of the shield.

The Callaway arms are shown in the upper right and lower left corners. A coloured version can be seen here, left, and has been used with the kind permission of the Callaway Family Association. To read more about this family, go to http://www.callawayfamily.org .



The image at the top of the page shows the arms of the Trebartha Family.

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