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Josiah Trelawny

Josiah Trelawny is a supporting character in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online.



A flamboyant conjurer, conman and trickster, Trelawny is a very hard man to pin down but he’s always able to bring good leads.
Rockstar Games' description of Trelawny.

Biography in RDR 2 (click to enlarge)

Trelawny was born in Cornwall, England, though he has no memory of it. He eventually immigrated to the United States. A conman who is also described as a conjurer and trickster, Trelawny joined Dutch van der Linde and his gang several years prior to 1899. He is known to abandon the gang at points, sometimes even for months on end, but always comes back. Trelawny at some point settled down in Saint-Denis with a wife and two sons named Tarquin and Cornelius, but frequently disappeared and reappeared with them as well. 

Events of Red Dead Online

To be added.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

Horseshoe Overlook chapter

Trelawny is first seen, when he helps Arthur, Charles, and Javier rescue Sean. Along with Arthur and Javier, he assaults the bounty hunters holding Sean from the front. Ultimately, the missions are successful and Sean is rescued.

Clemens Point Chapter

Trelawny is next seen when Hosea, Dutch, and Arthur are riding after moving to the new camp location. He is seen being locked in the back of a wagon, which is being pulled by Sheriff Leigh and Archibald. The two lawmen tell the gang that Trelawny committed an illegal gold prospecting operation, and is being taken to the Rhodes jail. Suddenly, several other criminals in the cart break free, and Arthur goes after them. After rescuing them, the Sheriff lets Trelawny go because of Arthur's help. Following being released, Trelawny goes and hides out in a dump north of Rhodes.

Charles and Arthur go to check on Trelawny and find that he been taken by bounty hunters. The two-track his trail to the woods, where they find two men, with his broken cane next to them. After killing the two men, the pair ventures over to the nearest farm, where they find more bounty hunters who have Trelawny captured. The pair kills these men also and bring Trelawny back to camp.

Trelawny leads Arthur to the postal office in Rhodes, who's clerk Alden Carruthers is willing to sell stagecoach robbery tips in exchange for two dollars a piece. The two rob a stagecoach together, after which Trelawny tells him he can get more tips from Alden or the clerk at Strawberry.

Shady Belle Chapter

Trelawny organizes the robbery of a riverboat, which is carrying substantial cash in its vault. He works to ensure that Javier gets the a security job on the boat and that Strauss gets the job of dealing cards. After Javier and Arthur get the money, he along with the rest of the gang members fight their way off the boat and get to shore. After the money from the heist is divided up, he once again disappears.

Beaver Hollow Chapter

Once the gang starts falling apart, Trelawny packs his bags and quietly leaves for good after Arthur gives his blessing. Trelawny is sure to thank Arthur for being such a good friend. 


A cunning character, Trelawny is willing to do whatever it takes to save himself. Despite considering the Van der Linde gang to be friends, he is always looking out for himself, and his interests. He fashions himself a flamboyant and sharp-tongued gentleman who is cordial towards just about everybody but isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He's also capable of incredible magic tricks. He's not able to see his family many thanks to his job, but when he does, he makes it count with dinners and presents. He also manages to keep the criminal nature of his business a secret from them, referring to the camp as "the office" whenever they're around. An Englishman who has seemingly spent most of his life in the US, Trelawny's accent is best approximated to a prototype Transatlantic, a high-class combination of the base American and base British accents. 

Mission appearances


  • Josiah heavily resembles the Strange Man in both appearance and attire. Their similarities entirely end there, however.