Bastard, Thomas, an English clergyman, was born at Blandford, Dorsetshire, and educated at Winchester School, whence he removed to New College, Oxford, where he was chosen perpetual fellow in 1588, and graduated two years later. For indulging too much his passion for satire he was expelled from the college. Soon after, he became chaplain to Thomas, earl of Suffolk, through whose influence he was made vicar of Bere Regis and rector of Almer in Dorsetshire. He died in Allhallows Parish, Dorchester, in April, 1618. His publications include, Chrestolerols; Seven Bookes of Epigrames (Lond. 1598): — actgna Britannia (1605): — Five Sermons (1615): — and Twelve Sermons (eod.): besides various satires and other works. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.