William Lort Mansel

Bishop of Bristol
William Lort Mansel by GH Harlow.jpg
DioceseDiocese of Bristol
In office1808–1820
PredecessorJohn Luxmoore
SuccessorJohn Kaye
Personal details
Born(1753-04-02)2 April 1753
Pembroke, Wales
Died27 June 1820(1820-06-27) (aged 67)
Trinity College, Cambridge, England
BuriedChapel, Trinity College, Cambridge
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

William Lort Mansel (2 April 1753 – 27 June 1820) was an English churchman and Cambridge fellow. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1798 to his death in 1820, and also Bishop of Bristol from 1808 to 1820.


He was born in Pembroke, the son of William Wogan Mansel and his wife Anne (née Lort), sister of Michael Lort, Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge. He was educated at the King's School, Gloucester under Edward Sparkes, and at Trinity College, Cambridge (matriculated 1770, scholarship 1771, graduated B.A. 1774, M.A. 1777, D.D. 1798).[1]

Elected a fellow of Trinity in 1775, Mansel was ordained deacon in 1780 and priest in 1783. He became Vicar of Bottisham 1783–1790, Vicar of Chesterton in 1788 and Rector of Fowlmere in 1789.[1]

Mansel was known as a wit, writer of epigrams,[1] and satirist of academic rivalries. His popularity led to his election as Public Orator of Cambridge, 1788–1798.[2] Appointed Master of Trinity in 1798, Mansel served as University Vice-Chancellor 1799–1800.[1] Appointed Bishop of Bristol in 1808 on the recommendation of his former pupil Spencer Perceval, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer,[2] he combined the bishopric with his mastership until his death in 1820.

Mansel died in the Master's Lodge at Trinity College, Cambridge, and is interred in the College Chapel.[2]


Mansel married in 1779 Isabella Haggerston(e), daughter of John Haggerston, a Cambridge attorney: they had seven daughters and three sons, one of whom died young.[3][4] On Mansel's death, his executors were Edward Daniel Clarke and James Devereux Hustler; his estate was left in will to his five unmarried daughters.[5] The daughters included:


  1. ^ a b c d "Mansel, William Lort (MNSL770WL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c "William Lort Mansel". Trinity College Chapel. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  3. ^ Skedd, S. J. "Mansel, William Lort". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/17990. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ a b c d Maunsell, Charles Albert; Stratham, Edward Phillips (1917). History of the family of Maunsell (Mansell, Mansel). Vol. I. London: Kegan Paul. p. 252.
  5. ^ The London Magazine. Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy. 1820. p. 350.
  6. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Mansel, Lort" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  7. ^ "Peacock, Edward (PCK803E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  8. ^ Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry. H. Colburn. 1847. p. 1013.
  9. ^ "Hustler, James Devereux (HSTR801JD)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  10. ^ "Dakins [post Dakyns], John Horsley (DKNS818JH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Academic offices Preceded byWilliam Pearce Cambridge University Orator 1788–1798 Succeeded byEdmund Outram Preceded byThomas Postlethwaite Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1798–1820 Succeeded byChristopher Wordsworth Church of England titles Preceded byJohn Luxmoore Bishop of Bristol 1808–1820 Succeeded byJohn Kaye