John Mason (diplomat)

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John Mason
Born c. 1503
Abingdon, Berkshire, England
Died 20 April 1566
London, England
Nationality British
Other names Sir John Mason
Occupation Diplomat, spy, MP
Known for Chancellor of the University of Oxford

Sir John Mason (1503 – 20 April 1566) was an English diplomat and spy.

Mason was born in Abingdon in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). He was educated at the school at the abbey in his native town, where his uncle was abbot. Later, he went to All Souls College, Oxford and was ordained a priest. He became Chancellor of Oxford University for the periods 1552-1556 and 1559-1564.

He was Member of parliament for Reading (UK Parliament constituency) in 1547, and for Hampshire (UK Parliament constituency) on four occasions between 1554 and 1563.[1][2]

He worked for several Tudor monarchs collecting information from the Continent and as a diplomat. He was knighted by Edward VI and made Dean of Winchester.

John Mason School, a secondary school in Abingdon, is named after him.

References

  1. Baker, T. F. T. (1982). "Mason, Sir John". In Bindoff, S. T. (ed.). The House of Commons 1509-1558. The History of Parliament Trust.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Harding, Alan (1981). "Mason, Sir John". In Hasler, P. W. (ed.). The House of Commons 1558-1603. The History of Parliament Trust.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • "Mason, Sir John (c.1503–1566)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18278.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  •  Pollard, Albert Frederick (1893). [https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikisource.org%2Fwiki%2FMason%2C_John_%281503-1566%29_%28DNB00%29 "Mason, John (1503-1566)" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 36. London: Smith, Elder & Co.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  •  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). [https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikisource.org%2Fwiki%2F1911_Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica%2FMason%2C_Sir_John "Mason, Sir John" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "Sir John Mason (1503-1566)". Royal Berkshire History. Nash Ford Publishing. 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Cox
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
1552–1556
Succeeded by
Reginald Pole
Preceded by
Earl of Arundel
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
1559–1564
Succeeded by
Earl of Leicester
Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Grey
John Marshe
Member of Parliament for Reading
1547
With: John Marshe
Succeeded by
John Bourne
John Winchcombe
Preceded by
Sir Thomas White
Nicholas Tichborne
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
1554 (Apr)
With: Sir Thomas White
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas White
John Norton
Preceded by
Sir Thomas White
John Norton
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
1558–1566
With: Sir Thomas White (1558–1562)
William Uvedale (1562–1566)
Succeeded by
Sir John Berkeley
William Uvedale