Born into a family with connections to the gentry, but without the means to maintain their position, Trollope’s childhood was one of unhappiness and uncertainty.
Thomas Trollope came from a genteel background, with connections to the gentry. He was first cousin to Sir John Trollope, Baronet, whose family seat was at Casewick Hall in Uffington, Lincolnshire. He wanted his sons to be educated as gentlemen, at Oxford or Cambridge. The conflict between the family’s social background and Thomas Trollope’s impecuniosity caused misery for Anthony as a boy, attending major public schools but without any money.