February 12, 1725, Kingston-upon-Hull, England.

April 7, 1797, Aston, England. There is a plaque to his memory in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey (next to Milton), with a bas relief image of him.

Malcolm MacGregor.


Mason was educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and became fellow of Pembroke College in 1749. After taking Holy Orders, he became Rector of Aston (near Rotherham), Yorkshire, in 1754. He was appointed Prebend of Holme in York Minster in 1756, Canon Residentiary in 1762, became Precentor and Prebendary of Driffield in 1763. He also served as literary executor for poet Thomas Gray. His works include:

  1. Again Returns the Day of Holy Rest
  2. Lord Our Savior Is the Way, The
  3. Soon Shall the Evening Star with Silver Ray

Mason’s burial place