In November 1868 the Schools Inquiry Commission published the Special Reports of Assistant Commissioners to both Houses of Parliament. The Assistant Commissioner for the South West Division was Mr. C.H. Stanton and it is his report on the Dorchester Free Grammar School which follows. Whilst not mentioned by name the Headmaster at this time was the Rev. Thomas Ratsey Maskew.
The following article was extracted from the Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 124, 27 May 1911, Page 2. The Evening Post was founded by Henry Blundell and began publication as a daily in Wellington, New Zealand on 8 February 1865.
Thomas Ratsey Maskew was born at Keyhaven, Milford, Hampshire, England on September 7, 1818 the third of five sons to Thomas Maskew and Elizabeth Ratsey. Educated at Sherborne, Dorset, he was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge on July 5, 1837 and transferred to Sidney College, Cambridge on May 11, 1840, where he graduated in 1842.