Nathaniel Twelvetrees was the brother of Reginald and Edward Twelvetrees. He served as a Captain in the 32nd Regiment of Foot. He was killed by Harold Grey in a duel, after the latter found out that Twelvetrees had seduced his wife, Esmé Grey.

Personal HistoryEdit

Nathaniel had once been friends with Harold Grey. The friendship however came to an abrupt end when it surfaced that he had an affair with Hal's wife. The resulting duel left him with an injury that led to his death. The Greys and the Twelvetrees have been enemies ever since his death.

Events of the NovelsEdit

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the BladeEdit

Nathaniel is mentioned various times during the novel. The first is when Lord John Grey finds a wager logged at White's where his brother Harold Grey placed a wager of 20,000 pounds that their father Gerard Grey was not a traitor. Nathaniel accepted the wager.

He is mentioned again later by Arthur Longstreet who tells Lord John why Harold dueled Nathaniel int he first place. The duel had nothing really to do with the wager, though when the wager was placed Hal wanted to challenge him but was talked down by Harry Quarry. No the duel was over Nathaniel's affair with Hal's wife Esmé Grey. The duel resulted in Nathaniel receiving an injury that festered and resulted in his death.


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Physical AppearanceEdit

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  • Nathaniel is a Variant of Nathanael,[2] from the Hebrew name נְתַנְאֵל (Netan'el) meaning "God has given".[3]
  • Twelvetrees is possibly a habitational surname and describes somebody who lived by a group of twelve "somethings". Another possibility is that it originated from a now "lost" village called Twelvetrees, but no such place has been found in any gazetter of the past three centuries. There is another suggestion that the derivation of the name is from 'Atte-well', which over the centuries became Twelve.[4]



  1. Excerpt #5. Placed in 1744 following the deaths of Esmé Grey and of Nathaniel Twelvetrees. Accessed 20 July 2016.
  2. Behind the Name: Nathaniel - accessed 18 June 2016
  3. Behind the Name: Nathanael - accessed 18 June 2016
  4. Surname: Twelevetrees - accessed 18 June 2016

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