John of Trokelowe

John of Trokelowe was an English Benedictine of the fourteenth century.[1] He was a monk of St Albans Abbey, who in 1294 was living in the dependent priory of Tynemouth, Northumberland. Once he was thought to be a significant chronicler, on the basis of internal evidence, it is now considered very possible that he was merely the scribe for William Rishanger.[2]

The prior and monks endeavoured to sever connection with St Albans and to obtain independence by presenting the advowson to the king; but abbot John of Berkamsted resisted this arrangement, visited Tynemouth, and sent Trokelowe with other monks as prisoners back to St Albans. There Trokelowe wrote his Annales including the period 1259 to 1296 and a useful account of the reign of Edward II of England, from 1307 to 1323, after which date his chronicle was continued by Henry de Blaneford. A reference made by Trokelowe to the execution of Roger Mortimer shows that he was writing after 1330.


  • Riley, Johannis de Trokelowe et Henrici de Blaneforde chronica et annales in Rolls Series (London, 1866).
  • Riley, Introduction to Rishanger, Chronicle in the Chronica monastica S. Albani in the same series
  • Hardy, Descriptive Catalogue (London, 1871)
  • Hunt in the Dictionary of National Biography


  1. ^ Still living in 1330, but his dates of birth and death are unknown.
  2. ^ Antonia Gransden, Historical Writing in England II (1982), p. 5.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "John de Trokelowe". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.