Richard Mason (politician)

Sir Richard Mason (c. 1633 – 8 March 1685) was an English Member of Parliament.

He held the following offices:

He had a seat at King's Clere in Hampshire but resided principally at Sutton in Surrey. He married c. 1662, Anna Margaretta Long, daughter of Sir James Long, 2nd Baronet. They had two daughters:

Sir Richard Mason was one of those present at the death of Charles II. 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.[4]

Sir Richard Mason died 8 March 1685 and is buried at the parish church at Sutton. His wife died in July 1717.


  1. Archaeologia Cambrensis - Cambrian Archaeological Association - W Pickering 1879
  2. Court Satires of the Restoration - John Harold Wilson 1976
  3. Collins's Peerage of England - Egerton Brydges 1812
  4. Mason, Lady Anne. “Account of the Death of Charles II by a Wife of a Person about the Court at Whitehall”. Household Words, London. 1954, Vol 9, pp 277-8.
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