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The Mason Family

Sir Richard Mason was born circa 1633. He had a seat at King's Clere in Hampshire. He married in about 1662, Anna Margaretta Long, daughter of Sir James Long. Sir James Long was an English politician and Royalist soldier.
Sir James Long
The historian John Aubrey wrote about Sir James Long: "When there was a Cabal of Witches detected at Malmesbury they were examined by Sir James Long and committed by him to Salisbury Gaole. I think there were seven or eight old women hanged".

In 1669 Sir Richard Mason took possession of Sutton as Lord of the Manor. He then resided principally at Sutton.

Sir Richard Mason

Sir Richard Mason held the following offices:

Knight of the Green Cloth
Second Clerk Controller of Charles II's Household
One of the Commissioners for executing the office of Master of the Horse, 1679,
MP for Yarmouth 1673
MP for Bishop's Castle, Shropshire 1680-1.

The Clerk of the Green Cloth was a position in the British Royal Household. The clerk acted as secretary of the Board of Green Cloth, and therefore was responsible for organising royal journeys and assisting in the administration of the Royal Household.

Sir Richard Mason and Anne Margareta had two daughters:

Dorothy Mason b. May 1664, d. b May 1700
Anne Mason b. c 1665, d. 17532

1685 was a dramatic year for the Mason family and parish of Sutton. At the beginning of February, the Rev George Roberts, Rector of Sutton died and was buried on the 4th.

King Charles died on 6th February 1685. Sir Richard Mason was one of those present at the king's death. His wife, Lady Anna Mason wrote a detailed account of the King's last illness and subsequent death, in a letter to her mother Lady Dorothy Long at Draycot House in Wiltshire. This letter came to light in 1850 when it was found amongst papers at Draycot House, and was published soon afterwards by Charles Dickens in his weekly magazine Household Words.

On 2 March 1685 Charles Gerard wrote a long letter in which he ordered his wife not to return.

Sir Richard Mason himself died 8th March 1685 and the parish register shows that he was buried on 18 Mar 1685 in Sutton. Dorothy and Ann the daughters of Sir Richard Mason were named his co-heirs.

Jeremiah Oakley, (who may have been a local man) had quickly been appointed Rector of Sutton on the 4th March 1685. This must have been an anxious time in Sutton. The new King was a Catholic. The Mason family were grieving the loss of their father and the irrevocable breakdown of Ann's marriage. The people of Sutton had lost their Lord of the Manor, and their old parson.

Burials in Sutton

18 Mar 1684 Sr Rich: Mason.
10 Jul 1717 Lady Anne Mason, Wid.

Burials

08 Mar 1689 A son of Sr William Brownlow.
13 Jul 1694 A child of Sr Will. Brownlows.
21 Feb 1696 Dorothy d. Sr William Brownlowe.
17 Jan 1697 Dorothy d. Sr William Brownlow.
20 Jan 1699 Lady Dorothy Brownlow.
10 Mar 1700 Sr William Brownlow, Bart.


Baptism

10 Mar 1700 Sr William Brownlow, Bart. ??
08 Mar 1689 A son of Sr William Brownlow. ???


Sources

Mason, Anne Margaret, Lady. Account of the death of Charles II 'by a wife of a person
about the Court at Whitehall.' Household Words 9 (1854).

Court Satires of the Restoration By John Harold Wilson
'The stables: Master of the Horse 1660-1837', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 603-604. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43902. Date accessed: 11 January 2008.