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Owen Manning FSA (1721–1801) was an English clergyman and antiquarian, known as a historian of Surrey.


Son of Owen Manning of Orlingbury, Northamptonshire, he was born there on 11 August 1721, and received his education at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1740, M.A. in 1744, and B.D. in 1753.[1] While an undergraduate he nearly succumbed to smallpox. He was elected in 1741 to a fellowship which carried with it the living of St Botolph's Church, Cambridge. He retained both these positions until he married in 1755.[2]

He was chaplain to John Thomas, bishop of Lincoln, who collated him to the prebend of South Scarle in Lincoln Cathedral, 5 August 1757, and on 15 March 1760 to that of Milton Ecclesia, consisting of the impropriation and advowson of the church of Great Milton, Oxfordshire. In 1763 he was presented by Thomas Green, Dean of Salisbury, to the vicarage of Godalming, Surrey, where he lived till his death. In 1769, he was presented by Viscount Midleton to the rectory of Peper Harrow, an adjoining parish.[2]

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society 10 December 1767, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1770. He died at Godalming on 9 September 1801. His parishioners placed a marble tablet to his memory in the church, and some private friends put an inscription on a headstone in the churchyard.[2]


He amassed materials for a history of Surrey, but he did not regard his collections as sufficiently complete for publication, and a total loss of sight prevented him from having them printed under his own care. The manuscripts were eventually entrusted to William Bray, who published them, with additions and a continuation of his own, for the benefit of Manning's widow. The work appeared under the title of The History and Antiquities of the County of Surrey, with a facsimile Copy of Domesday, engraved on thirteen Plates, three volumes, London, 1804–9–14. There appeared at London in 1819 The Ecclesiastical Topography of the County of Surrey, containing Views of Churches in that County (to illustrate Manning and Bray's History of Surrey), drawn by Hill and engraved by Peak.[2]

Manning completed the Saxon dictionary of his friend Edward Lye, and published it.[3] He also translated and annotated ‘The Will of King Alfred,’ from the original in Thomas Astle's library; this was printed in 1788, under the editorship of Sir Herbert Croft. [2]


By Catherine, his wife, daughter of Reade Peacock, an Alderman of Huntingdon, he had three sons and five daughters, all of whom survived him except George Owen Manning, his eldest son (B.A. of Queens' College, Cambridge, 1778),[4] and one of the daughters, who died young. [5]


  1. ^ "Manning, Owen (MNN737O)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c d e Cooper 1893.
  3. ^ ‘Dictionarium Saxonico et Gothico-Latinum. Accedunt Fragmenta Versionis Ulphilanæ, necnon Opuscula quædam Anglo-Saxonica. Edidit, nonnullis Vocabulis auxit, plurimis Exemplis illustravit, et Grammaticam utriusque Linguæ præmisit Owen Manning,’ 2 vols. London, 1772.
  4. ^ "Manning, George Owen (MNN773GO)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ Huntingdon Borough Records 1732-1775 HB3

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCooper, Thompson (1893). "Manning, Owen". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 35. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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