Ross Donnelly Mangles

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Ross Donnelly Mangles (1801 – 1877) was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Guildford between 1841 and 1857. In the latter year he became Chairman of the East India Company.[1][2]

Career and appointments[edit]

He was the son of James Mangles of Guildford and his wife Mary, and was educated at Eton College and East India College, Haileybury.[3] He then joined the Bengal Civil Service.[2]

Secretary to the Government of Bengal in the Judicial and Revenue Departments.[2]

Deputy Lieutenant of London.[4]

A director of the New Zealand Co.[4]

Member for Council of India in September 1858 to 1866[2]


  • A brief vindication of the Honourable East India Company's government of Bengal, from the attacks of Messrs. Rickards & Crawfurd (1830)
  • How To Colonize: The Interest Of The Country, And The Duty Of The Government (1842)
  • The Mysore Reversion, An Exceptional Case
  • Christian Reasons of a Member of the Church of England for Being a Reformer
  • Notes on a Minute of Mr. R. D. Mangles in the Mysore Parliamentary Papers, no. 112 of 1866


Ross Lowis Mangles V.C. was his son.[5]


  1. ^ The India List and India Office List for 1905 (Google eBook). London: Harrison and Sons. 1905. p. 111.
  2. ^ a b c d  Carlyle, E. I. (1901). "Mangles, Ross Donnelly" . In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. ^ Prior, Katherine. "Mangles, Ross Donnelly". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/17934. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ a b Adams's parliamentary handbook: a key to the Houses of Lords and Commons [1]
  5. ^ "Mangles collection, Surrey Archaeological Society". Retrieved 12 June 2016.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Yorke Scarlett
Member of Parliament for Guildford
With: Charles Baring Wall 1832–1841
Henry Currie 1847–1852
James Bell 1852–1857
William Bovill 1857–1858
Succeeded by
Guildford Onslow