Richard Mant

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Richard Mant
Born(1776-02-12)12 February 1776
Southampton, England
Died2 November 1848(1848-11-02) (aged 72)
Ballymoney, Ireland
OccupationBishop, hymnodist

Richard Mant (12 February 1776 – 2 November 1848)[1] was an English churchman who became a bishop in Ireland. He was a prolific writer, his major work being a History of the Church of Ireland.[2]


He was born at Southampton[1], where his father Richard Mant D.D. was headmaster of the King Edward VI School. He was educated at Winchester College and at Trinity College, Oxford which he entered in 1793. His youngest sister was the writer Alicia Catherine Mant. His maternal grandfather was the scholar Joseph Bingham. He was elected a Scholar of the College in 1794, graduated B.A. in 1797, and became a Fellow of Oriel College in 1798, a position he held to 1804.[2]

Mant was ordained in the Church of England, holding a curacy at Southampton in 1802. He was appointed to the vicarage of Coggeshall, Essex in 1810 and in 1811 he became Bampton Lecturer. In 1816 he was made rector of St Botolph's, Bishopsgate, and in 1820 became Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora, in Ireland. In 1823 he was translated to Down and Connor, and from 1842 was the Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore when the two dioceses united.[2]

Richard Mant died in Ballymoney, Ireland on 2 November 1848.[1]


In 1808 Mant published The Simpliciad, a satirical poem that parodied Poems, in Two Volumes (1807) by William Wordsworth. He gave notes relating his parodies to the originals.[3] The aim of the work included the other Lake Poets, Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with To a Young Ass by Coleridge used to tease the group as a whole.[4]

Mant's Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary[5] (1837) was one of the earliest collections of translated Latin hymnody in English. He belonged to a group of revivalist translators of Latin hymns, with John Chandler (1806–1876) and Isaac Williams. John Ellerton commented on his good taste, but also discerned a lack of understanding of the group of hymns he was handling.[6] The Psalms in an English Metrical Version[7] (1824) were influenced by Robert Lowth's theories of biblical poetry, the psalms becoming "stiff and stately odes" according to John Julian.[8]

Other works included:


Mant married Elizabeth Wood (died 2 April 1846), of a Sussex family, on 22 December 1804, Their children were Walter Bishop Mant, another son, and a daughter.[2]


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


  1. ^ a b c "Richard Mant". The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Canterbury Press.
  2. ^ a b c d s:Mant, Richard (DNB00)
  3. ^ Brian R Bates (22 July 2015). Wordsworth's Poetic Collections, Supplementary Writing and Parodic Reception. Routledge. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-317-32227-6.
  4. ^ Richard Gravil (2009). Grasmere, 2009: Selected Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference. Humanities-Ebooks. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-84760-110-0.
  5. ^ Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary
  6. ^ John Julian (1907). A Dictionary of Hymnology. 1. John Murray. p. 713.
  7. ^ Psalms in an English Metrical Version
  8. ^ John Julian (1907). A Dictionary of Hymnology. 2. John Murray. p. 921.

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Mant, Richard". Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 602.

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