MASON, John. b. Northamptonshire, possibly at Irchester, ca. 1646; d. Water Stratford, Buckinghamshire, May 1694 (buried 22 May). He was educated at Strixton (Northants), probably by William Farrow, and Clare Hall, Cambridge (BA 1665, MA 1668). He took Holy Orders in 1667. After a curacy at Upper Isham, Northamtonshire (1667-68), he became vicar of Stantonbury, Buckinghamshire (1668-74), and rector of Water Stratford (1675-94). He was the great-great-great-great-grandfather of John Mason Neale*.
Mason published Spiritual Songs: or Songs of Praise to Almighty God, upon Several Occasions (1683, 1685). He intended his songs for congregational singing, saying that if ‘Christians of this...
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