Sir John Cass's Foundation

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Annual Board Luncheon onboard HQS Wellington
July 2015

Sir John Cass's Foundation - Annual Board Luncheon onboard HQS Wellington, July 2015   Sir John Cass's Foundation - Annual Board Luncheon onboard HQS Wellington, July 2015

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Sir John Cass (1661 — 1718)

John Cass was born on 20th February 1661 in Rosemary Lane, which is now Royal Mint Street near HM Tower of London and became an Alderman, Sheriff and MP for the City of London. He was sometime Master of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, Master of the Worshipful Company of Skinners and was knighted by Queen Anne in 1712.

In 1709 John Cass drew up his first will declaring his intention to set up an independent Charity School in Aldgate. On 5th July 1718, in the act of signing a second will, Sir John died. The second will was disputed until the Court of Chancery upheld the will, thereby establishing the Charity in 1748.

Along with the intentions of Sir John Cass to provide for his independent Charity School, Lady Elizabeth Cass and his extended family, he also specified in his will, that the Trustees of the Charity could expend the sum of £10 on an Annual Dinner. A great deal of gratitude is owed to Lady Elizabeth Cass, Jeremiah Bentham, Valentine Brewis and Sir Crisp Gascoyne (the first incumbent of the Mansion House as Lord Mayor in 1752) who kept the original Charity School open between 1718 and 1748.

The Foundation would like to thank Honourable Company of Master Mariners and the Wellington Trust for the use of the ship for this year's Annual Board Lunch on HQS Wellington.

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