'Mason03'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Mason of Masonbrook, Monck-Mason of Dublin, Mason-Villiers of Grandison

We show the following Sir John Mason partly because he was somehow connected to the Christopher Mason who heads the lower section and partly because it is clear that he had 'an interesting career'. Wikipedia reports that he "was born to humble parents in Abingdon ... His father is said to have been a cowherd, his mother was the sister of a monk at Abingdon Abbey, possibly Thomas Rowland, the last abbot. Alternatively, there are rumours that Mason was, in fact, the abbot's illegitimate son." HoP suggests, albeit with a question mark, that he was the illegitimate son of a sister of Thomas, last abbot of Abingdon. Wikipedia reports that "Whatever his family connection to the boy, Rowland played an important role in his education". At Oxford University, John "attracted the attention of Sir Thomas More". Clearly, that proved to be a life-changing connection.
Sir John Mason of Abingdon (b 1503, d 20.04.1566, Clerk of the Parliaments, diplomat, spy, Master of Requests, Dean of Winchester, MP, Chancellor of Oxford University)
m. Elizabeth Isley (dau of Thomas Isley of Sundridge, widow of Richard Hill of Hartley Wintney)
1. son (dvp)



(1) Commoners identifies the arms of this family as: "Or, a lion rampant with two heads az." That suggests a close connection with the family shown on Mason02.
(2) Commoners starts with "Captain Christopher Mason, nearly allied to or immediately descended from Sir John Mason, of Sion, in Middlesex, is the acknowledged ancestor of the different branches of the family which became settled in Ireland." That Sir John Mason appears to be the same person as the above-mentioned Sir John Mason of Abingdon. HoP ("Sir John Mason") reports that Sir John had 1 son who dvp and that, before Sir John died, he had settled his lands on his half-brother's son, Anthony Wyckes (who adopted the name Mason). That suggests that his own son dsp so that Christopher Mason was not a descendant of Sir John, though it leaves open the possibility that he descended from Anthony Wyckes. However, given that the family on Mason04 has a similar coat of arms and that the pedigree shown on that page possibly goes back a generation before the following family yet had no apparent connection with Abingdon, it is possible that the "nearly allied to" a family in Abingdon is slightly misleading.
Christopher Mason (Captain)
Commoners reports that "From (Christopher's) eldest son derived (the undermentioned) Sir John Mason" and "From a younger son of Captain Christopher Mason, sprung" Christopher Mason whose line was the main subject of the pedigree. Noting the dates, we presume to show as follows.
1. ?? Mason assumed intermediary generation
A. Sir John Mason of Waterford (MP)
  i. ?? Mason known intermediary generation
  a. Aland John Mason (d 26.03.1759, MP)
  The following is supported by TCP ('Grandison and Grandison of Dromana').
  m. (12.06.1739) Elizabeth Villiers, 1st Countess Grandison (d 29.05.1782, m2. General Charles Montague Halifax)
  (1) George Mason-Villiers, 2nd Earl Grandison (b 23.07.1751, d 14.07.1800)
  m. (10.02.1774) Gertrude Seymour-Conway (b 09.10.1750, d 29.05.1782, dau of Francis Seymour-Conway, Marquess of Hertford)
  (A) Gertrude Amelia Mason-Villiers (d 30.08.1809)
  m. (07.06.1777) Henry Stuart (b 07.06.1777, d 19.08.1809, son of John, 1st Marquess of Bute)
(B)+ 5 others (d young)
2. ?? Mason
  A. Chrisopher Mason
  i. Robert Mason of Masonbrook, co. Galway
  m. Mary Watson (dau of _ Watson "of the Rockingham family" (by dau of John De Witt), relict of Jonathan Alan of Waterford)
  a. Robert Mason of Masonbrook (d 04.1739)
  m. Sarah Monck (dau of George Monck of Dublin by Mary, dau of Robert, 1st Viscount Molesworth)
  (1) John Monck Mason, last of Masonbrook (dsp)
m. (1766) Catherine Mitchell (dau of Henry Mitchell of Glasnevin)
  (2) Henry Monck Mason (Lt. Colonel)
  m1. (1762) Jane Dillon (dau of James Dillon of Johnstown)
  (A) John Monck Mason
  m. Jane Desmond Sunderland of Montreal
(i) John Monck Mason
  (B) Elizabeth Penelope Mason
  m. William Domville Stanley Monck
  (C) Isabella Elizabeth Mason
  m2. (1774) Jane Mosse (dau of Bartholomew Mosse of Dublin (MD))
  (D) William Charles Monck-Mason of Dublin had issue
  m. Jane Windler
  (E) Henry Joseph Monck-Mason of Dargle Cottage, co. Dublin (b 17.07.1778) had issue
  m. (04.1816) Anne Langrishe (dau of Sir Robert Langrishe of Knocktopher, Bart, by Anne Boyle)
  (F) Thomas Monck-Mason (Captain RN) had issue
  m1. Dorothea Burgh (dau of Thomas Burgh of Oldtown)
m2. Mary Grey (dau of Sir George Grey, Bart)
  (G) Jane Letitia Mason
  m. Rev. J. Copinger
  (H) Anna Maria Mason
  m. Rev. George Brittaine
  (I)+ other issue - Sarah Judith, Alicia Catherine
  (3) Judith Mason
  m. (1753) Thomas Monck (MP)
  (4) Alicia Mason
m. John Campbell (rector of Carrickmacross)
  (A)+ issue - Robert (cleric), John Garnet, Thomas, Rose Amerintha, Elizabeth, Catherine
  (5) Christian Mason
  m1. Joseph Ormsby of co. Mayo
  (A)+ issue - Joseph Mason, Sarah
  m2. Richard Radcliffe (rector of Lisneskea)
  (C) John Radcliffe (judge)
  (6)+ other issue - William (d Quebec), Robert Watson (d young)
  b. Margaret Mason (b c1679, d 1749)
  m. Charles Lyons of Ladiston, Westmeath ## see here ##
  Commoners shows that they had issue: Charles of Ladiston (had issue), John (father of Hugh Montgomery Lyons of Drogheda) & Samuel of Antigua. There are similarities but also contradictions with what is shown via the link to the Lyons of Ledestown.

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : Wikipedia ("Sir John Mason (diplomat)"), HoP ("Sir John Mason")
(2) For lower section : Commoners (vol 4, 'Monck-Mason of Masonbrook', p354+) with input/support as reported above
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