William Lort Mansel

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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
BuriedChapel, Trinity College, Cambridge
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

William Lort Mansel (2 April 1753, Pembroke – 27 June 1820, Trinity College, Cambridge) 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.

William Lort Mansel was the son of William Wogan Mansel of Pembroke. He was educated at the school of Mr Sparks in Gloucester 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, and is interred in the College Chapel.[3][2]


  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. ^ William Lort Mansel at Find a Grave

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Academic offices
Preceded by
William Pearce
Cambridge University Orator
Succeeded by
Edmund Outram
Preceded by
Thomas Postlethwaite
Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Christopher Wordsworth
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Luxmoore
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
John Kaye