Henry de Bohun, one of 25 barons who forced King John to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, will be remembered in the form of a portrait at Trowbridge Museum, when it reopens in 2021. Painted by West Ashton artist Paul Workman, it has been commissioned to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Henry de Bohun’s death.

One of only two Magna Carta Barons from the West Country, de Bohun was Constable of England during the reign of King John. He was elected to enforce the Charter, the massively important document that has ensured that future kings, and later English governments, are not above the law.

Mr Milroy said that it has not been possible to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Baron’s death in Palestine because of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

“We were hoping to commemorate his death on June 1 but the coronavirus lockdown restrictions meant all events and activities had to be cancelled or postponed.

“However, we’re hoping to unveil Paul Workman’s portrait of Henry de Bohun when Trowbridge Museum reopens in February next year.”

A zinc statue of de Bohun stands in the Houses of Parliament, and the plaster original by Victorian sculptor and engineer Thomas Thornycroft will also be able to be viewed when Trowbridge Museum reopens.

Mr Milroy’s book can be purchased from the offices of Trowbridge Town Council offices at the Civic Centre at £4.95 per copy.