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{{subst:Quick infobox|Sir Thomas Mantell|1751|1831|}} Sir Thomas Mantell (born 1751 died 1831), antiquary, born in 1751, was the only son of Thomas Mantell, surgeon, of Chilham, Kent, by Catharine, daughter of John Nichols, rector of Fordwich. He belonged to the Kentish branch of the Mantells. Pegge the antiquary was his godfather. Early in life he settled at Dover in his father's profession, but retired on being appointed agent for prisoners of war and transports at Dover. In 1814 he was appointed agent for packets at Dover, a post at that time demanding unremitting attention. He was for many years a magistrate at Dover, and six times its mayor. He was knighted on 13 May 1820 during his mayoralty. He died at his house in Dover on 21 December 1831, aged 80, and was buried in the family vault at Chilham. He married Anne, daughter of William Oakley, but left no family.

Mantell was elected fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1810. He investigated the tumuli in various parts of Kent, and was a collector of antiquities. His publications are: 1. 'Short Directions for the Management of Infants', 1787. 2. 'Case of Imperforate Anus successfully treated' in 'Memoirs of Medicine', volume iii. 1792. 3. 'An Account of Cinque Ports Meetings, called Brotherhoods and Guestlings', Dover, 1811, quarto.; reissued with additions as 'Cinque Ports, Brotherhoods, and Guestlings', Dover, 1828, quarto. 4. 'Coronation Ceremonies . . . relative to the Barons of the Cinque Ports', etc., Dover, 1820, quarto. [DNB 1][DNB 2][1]


  1.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain

    W. W.

    (1893). "Mantell, Thomas (DNB00)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 36. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 0.

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These references are found in the DNB article referred to above.

  1. Gentlemen's Magazine 1832, part i. pages 88, 89, 651
  2. British Museum Catalogue

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