Richard Mant

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Richard Mant (February 12, 1776 – 1848) was an English churchman and writer.


He was born at Southampton, a grandson of the noted clerical antiquary Bingham, and educated at Winchester College and at Trinity College, Oxford.

He was elected fellow of Oriel in 1798, and afterwards took orders, holding a curacy at Southampton in 1802. In 1808 he published The Simpliciad, this satirical poem was addressed in verse to William Wordsworth, Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with notes relating to his parodies and allusions to the originals. He was appointed to the vicarage of Coggeshall, Essex in (1810) and in 1811 he became Bampton Lecturer. In 1816 was made rector of St Botolph's, and in 1820 became Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora, (Ireland). In 1823 he was translated to Down and Connor, and from 1842 he became the Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore when the two dioceses united.


In collaboration with the Reverend George D'Oyly, Mant wrote a commentary on the whole Bible. Other works by him include the Psalms in an English Metrical Version (1842) and a History of the Church of Ireland (1839–1841; 2 vols.). His Bampton Lectures An Appeal to the Gospel were published in 1812. His Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (1837) was one of the earliest collections of translated Latin hymnody in English.

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 


  • The Simpliciad: 1808 (Revolution and Romanticism, 1789–1834) Publisher: Woodstock Books Inc. ISBN 1-85477-076-4

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Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Lord Robert Ponsonby Tottenham Loftus
Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora
Succeeded by
Alexander Arbuthnot
Preceded by
Nathaniel Alexander
Bishop of Down and Connor
Succeeded by
Became Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore
Preceded by
First Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore
Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore
Succeeded by
Robert Bent Knox