Doctor Richard Mant, born in 1745, was headmaster of King Edward VI Grammar School from 1770. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Oxford, receiving his B.A. in 1765 and his M.A. in 1768. He was an acquaintance of Jane Austen, who remembers sitting near him in All Saints Church, of which he was the rector. He died in 1817. A tablet in Holy Rood Church praises his "unaffected goodness".

His son, also Richard, born in 1766 was a prominent churchman and in 1820 was appointed to a bishopric in Ireland. His History of the Church of Ireland from the Reformation to the Revolution, published in 1840, is his most enduring legacy.

Doctor Richard Mant

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Portrait in oils by unknown artist.


Newspaper clippings:

Hymn-writer's centenary - (Southern Daily Echo 02/11/1948)


Further reading:

Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p 33. (HS/h)
A History of King Edward VI School, Southampton, by C. F. Russell, p255-271. (HS/ls)
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, Volume 36


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