MASON, Richard (c.1655-90), of Rockley Hall, nr. Bishop’s Castle, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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6 Mar. - Apr. 1690

Family and Education

b. c.1655, 1st s. of Thomas Mason of Rockley Hall and Churchstoke, Mont.; bro. of Charles Mason*.  educ. Trinity, Oxf. matric. 15 Nov. 1672, aged 17; I. Temple called 1682.  unm.1

Offices Held

Freeman, Much Wenlock 1684.2


Mason was returned with the help of his father, who was probably a Whig, for a borough in the affairs of which his family had long taken a leading part. Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) classed him as a Whig in a list of March 1690, but he was dead v.p., by 11 Apr. 1690, when a writ for a new election was ordered, and was eventually succeeded in the seat by his younger brother, Charles.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: D. W. Hayton


  • 1. Trans. Salop Arch. Soc. ser. 2, x. 52; Cal. I. Temple Recs. iii. 174.
  • 2. Salop RO, Forester mss, copy of Much Wenlock corp. bk.
  • 3. Herbert Corresp. ed. W. J. Smith (Univ. of Wales Bd. of Celtic Studies, Hist. and Law ser. xxi), 352–4.