Born: February 12, 1776, Southampton, England.
Died: November 2, 1848, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland.
Buried: St. James’ churchyard, Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland.
Mant was educated at Winchester and Trinity, Oxford (BA 1797, MA 1799). At Oxford, he won the Chancellor’s prize for an English essay. He was a Fellow of Oriel College, and for some time College Tutor.
After taking Holy Orders, he was successively curate to his father, then of one or two other places; vicar of Coggeshall, Essex (1810); Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury (1813); rector of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London (1816), and East Horsley (1818); bishop of Killaloe (1820); of Down and Connor (1823); and of Dromore (1842). He was also Bampton Lecturer in 1811.
Mant is known chiefly through his translations from Latin. John Ellerton, in his Notes on Church Hymns, 1881, said:
Mant had little knowledge of hymns, and merely took those of the existing Roman Breviary as he found them; consequently he had to omit many, and so to alter others that they have in fact become different hymns; nor was he always happy in his manipulation of them. But his book has much good taste and devout feeling, and has fallen into undeserved neglect.
Mant’s other works include: