John Trenchard

(1669—1723) landowner and publicist

Related Overviews

Thomas Gordon (1684—1750) pamphleteer and classical scholar

Anthony Collins (1676—1729) philosopher and freethinker

John Locke (1632—1704) philosopher

Samuel Johnson (1649—1703) Church of England clergyman and pamphleteer

See all related overviews in Oxford Index » »


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Philosophy


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

John Trenchard was born in England. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, which he entered in 1685, at the age of sixteen. According to Thomas Gordon (in the memoir of Trenchard in Cato's Letters, vol. 1, 5th edn, 1748), Trenchard's tutor, Edward Smith, later Bishop of Down, ‘used to say, that “Mr. Trenchard's talent of reasoning was owing to his having been so good a Logician”, a character for which he was eminent at the University [of Dublin]’. Trenchard was well known for a series of pamphlets in 1697–8 against standing armies. Also as a young man, he was appointed a commissioner for forfeited estates in Ireland. In 1719 Gordon became his friend and literary collaborator.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.