Joshua Bassett

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Joshua Bassett or Basset (c. 1641 – c.1720, London) was an English academic, Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge under James II.


Joshua Bassett was the son of John Bassett, a merchant from Lynn, Norfolk. In 1657 he was admitted to Caius College, Cambridge, aged 16; he gained his MA in 1665 and became a fellow of Caius.[1] He was ordained deacon in 1663 and priest in 1666. James II saw him installed as Master of Sidney Sussex College in 1686: he declared himself a Catholic convert and controversially altered various aspects of college regulations and routine before being removed as Master in 1686. He is said to have died in great poverty.[1]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Minshull
Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
James Johnson