MASTER, Thomas (1744-1823), of The Abbey, Cirencester, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1784 - 1796

Family and Education

b. 1744, 1st s. of Thomas Master (1717-49), and bro. of Richard Master*. educ. Westminster 1754; Oriel, Oxf. 1761. m. 25 May 1769, Mary, da. of James Lenox Dutton of Sherborne, Glos., 1s. d.v.p. 3da. suc. gdfa. Thomas Master to The Abbey 1770; to Cann estates of Brislington and Breane, Som. on d. of mother 1781; to Knole and other Chester estates in Glos. on d.1799 of cos. Elizabeth Lucy, wid. of William Bromley Chester.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Glos. 1771-2.


Master was re-elected unopposed for Gloucestershire on the Duke of Beaufort’s interest in 1790. He apparently continued to support government. He was considered hostile to the repeal of the Test Act in Scotland in 1791, and was marked ‘pro’ in the ministerial survey drawn up for the general election of 1796, when he retired from Parliament. The only occasion on which he is known to have addressed the House was when he reported the findings of the Ludgershall election committee, 15 Apr. 1791. He died 12 May 1823.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: M. J. Williams