See also:English diplomatist, was
See also:born of humble parentage at
See also:Abingdon in 1503, and was educated at
See also:Oxford, where he became
See also:Fellow of All Souls in 1521 . He was ordained before 1531 . Most of his early years were spent on the Continent, where he witnessed the
See also:meeting between
See also:Henry . VIII. and
See also:Francis I. at
See also:Calais in 1532, and where he was employed in
See also:collecting information for the English
See also:government, gaining in this
See also:work the reputation of a capable diplomatist . By his never-failing caution, moderation and pliancy,
See also:Mason succeeded in keeping himself in favour with four successive sovereigns of the Tudor
See also:monarchy . In 1537 he became secretary to the English
See also:ambassador at
See also:Thomas Wyat; but when the latter was put on his trial for treason in 1541 Mason was unmolested, and soon afterwards was appointed clerk of the privy council, and procured for himself sundry other posts and privileges . Mason was knighted and made dean of Winchester by
See also:Edward VI . He was one of the commissioners to negotiate the treaty by which
See also:Boulogne was restored to France in 1550, and in the same
See also:year he became English ambassador in
See also:Paris, where he helped to arrange the bethrothal of Edward VI. to the princess
See also:Elizabeth of France . He returned to England at the end of 1551, became clerk of parliament, received extensive grants of
See also:land, and in 1552 was made chancellor of Oxford University . Ile was elected member of parliament in the same year . On the
See also:death of Edward VI., he at first joined the party of
See also:Northumberland and the
See also:Lady Jane
See also:Grey; but quickly perceiving his
See also:mistake he took an active
See also:part in procuring the proclamation of Mary as
See also:queen . Mason now received fresh tokens of royal favour, being confirmed in all his secular, though not in his ecclesiastical, offices; and in 1553 he was appointed English ambassador at the
See also:court of the emperor
See also:Charles V., of whose
See also:abdication at Brussels in
See also:October 1555 he wrote a vivid account .
He took a prominent
See also:share in the administrative business of the government in the first years of Elizabeth's reign, and largely influenced her
See also:foreign policy until his death, which occurred on the loth of
See also:April 1566 . Sir
See also:John Mason married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Isley of Sundridge, Kent, and widow of
See also:Hill . He had no
See also:children, and his
See also:heir was Anthony Wyckes, whom he had adopted, and who assumed the name of Mason and
See also:left a large
See also:family . See J . A .
See also:History of England (12 vols.,
See also:London, 1856—187o) ; Charles Wriothesley,
See also:Chronicle of England during the Reigns of the Tudors, edited by W . D .
See also:Hamilton (
See also:Soc., 2 vols., London, 1875) ; P . F .
See also:Tytler, England under the Reigns of Edward VI. and Mary (2 vols., London, 1839) ; John
See also:Strype, Ecclesiastical Memorials (3 vols., Oxford, 1824) and Memorials of Thomas Crammer (3 vols., Oxford, 1848); Acts of the Privy Council of England (new series), edited by J . R .
See also:Dasent, vols. i.—vii .
LOWELL MASON (1792—1872)
SIR JOSIAH MASON (1795-1881)
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