Samuel Trotman 1650-1720

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Samuel TROTMAN 1650-1720

Trotman's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection *386)

Biographical Note

Son of Samuel Trotman, barrister, of Siston Court, Gloucestershire, from whom he inherited the family estates in 1685. Matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford 1663, but did not graduate; he was admitted at the Inner Temple in the same year, and became a barrister in 1671. He pursued a legal career alongside business interests (he was a member of the Company of Mine Adventurers); he was MP for Bath 1707-20.


Trotman used an engraved armorial bookplate, dated 1702 (Franks 29854/*386). The extent of his library is not known; in his will, he bequeathed his books, along with the rest of his personal estate, to his wife, "to take what and as much as she pleases", with discretion to dispose of things as she thought best.