MASTER, Thomas II (1663-1710), of Cirencester Abbey, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

bap. 4 June 1663, 1st s. of Thomas Master I. educ. Christ Church, Oxf. 1680. m. settlement June 1688, Elizabeth, da. and h. of John Driver of Aston, Glos., 1s. suc. fa. 1680.1

Offices Held

J.p. Glos. 1685-Mar. 1688, Oct. 1688-d., dep. lt. 1685-Feb. 1688, commr. for assessment 1689-90.


Master was returned to James II’s Parliament as senior Member for Cirencester after a contest. He left no trace on its records, but was doubtless a Tory. He gave negative answers to the questions concerning the repeal of the Penal Laws and Test Act. Returned to the Convention, apparently unopposed, he was listed by Anthony Rowe as voting to agree with the Lords that the throne was not vacant. His only committees were to consider the bill establishing ‘courts of conscience’ for small claims in Bristol and Gloucester and to bring in the second mutiny bill. He is also listed as supporting the disabling clause in the bill to restore corporations. He did not sit again, and was buried at Cirencester on 14 Sept. 1710. His son represented Gloucester as a Tory from 1712 to 1747.

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Basil Duke Henning


  • 1. Vis. Glos. ed. Fenwick and Metcalfe, 121; Burke, Landed Gentry (1952).