John Trusler

John Trusler
Birth and death
1735 - 1820
Profession details
Church of England Clergyman, Author
Related place
Alistair Grant

John Trusler (1735-1820), Church of England Clergyman and author. Trusler moved to Ham Manor in Cobham in 1774. Trusler published books on a large diversity of topics, including: medicine, farming, history, politeness, law, theology, travel, and gardening. He began his career with the clergy, and was ordained a deacon in 1759, before working as a Curate. Wanting to offer medical as well as spiritual advice to his parishioners he apparently took an M.D. at Leiden University, but he is not listed as a graduate there. But he assumed the title 'Dr.' and described himself as 'a medical gentleman'. He then wrote 'An easy way to prolong life, by a little attention to what we eat and drink ...' collected from the authorities of some of the ablest physicians in 1773. A few years later, in 1766, Jane Hogarth, the artist's widow, employed Trusler to write moral commentaries about William Hogarth's prints, which was published as 'The Works of Mr. Hogarth Moralised' in 1768. His book on farming 'Practical Husbandry' ran to five editions. He clearly took the advice offered by his book on prolonging life, because he died aged eighty-four.

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