Joshua Bassett was the son of John Bassett, a merchant from Lynn, Norfolk. In 1657 he was admitted to Caius College, Cambridge, aged 16; he gained his MA in 1665 and became a fellow of Caius. He was ordained deacon in 1663 and priest in 1666. James II saw him installed as Master of Sidney Sussex College in 1686: he declared himself a Catholic convert and controversially altered various aspects of college regulations and routine before being removed as Master in 1686. He is said to have died in great poverty.
- "Basset, Joshua (BST657J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- "Joshua Bassett". Catholic Encyclopedia 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1907. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.
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