Leonard Mascall

Leonard Mascall (died 1589) was an English author and translator.


His family was from Plumstead, Kent, and he became clerk of the kitchen in the household of Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury.[1]

Mascall died at Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire, and was buried there on 10 May 1589.[1] The claims that he introduced carp and the pippin apple to England have been doubted:[2] carp were introduced earlier, and the Maschall who introduced the pippin at Plumstead, as Thomas Fuller says, is more plausibly an ancestor.


Government of Cattle, 1662 edition. The portrait of Mascall is by Richard Gaywood.

Works written by, or generally attributed to, Mascall, are:

He also drew up the Registrum parochiæ de Farnham Royal comit. Buckingh., completed 25 June 1573, in which he inserted Thomas Cromwell's injunctions concerning parish registers, and prefixed some English verses on the subject.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Cooper 1893.
  2. Donald McDonald, Agricultural writers from Sir Walter of Henley to Arthur Young, 1200-1800 (1908), p. 46; archive.org.
  3. Considine, John. "Mascall, Leonard". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18256. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. Stanley H. Johnston; Holden Arboretum; Cleveland Medical Library Association; Garden Center of Greater Cleveland (1 September 1992). The Cleveland Herbal, Botanical, and Horticultural Collections: A Descriptive Bibliography of Pre-1830 Works from the Libraries of the Holden Arboretum, the Cleveland Medical Library Association, and the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland. Kent State University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-87338-433-9. Retrieved 19 April 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cooper, Thompson (1893). "Mascall, Leonard". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 36. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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