Full name Horatio Mann
Born February 2, 1744, Egerton, Kent
Died April 2, 1814, Margate, Kent (aged 70 years 59 days)
Major teams Kent
Also known as Horace Mann
Sir Horace Mann was an English MP who was a member of the famous Hambledon Cricket Club and a patron of Kent cricket. He was also an occasional player but rarely in first-class matches.
He was also a member of the Committee of Noblemen and Gentlemen of Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex and London at The Star and Garter in Pall Mall, which drew up a new revision of the Laws of Cricket in 1774.
Educated at Charterhouse, Sir Horatio was MP for Sandwich from 1774 to 1807. He had a number of influential friends including Horace Walpole, with whom he had a long correspondence; and John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset, with whom he shared a keen cricketing rivalry.
Sir Horatio had his family seat at Bourne, near Canterbury. Within its grounds he had his own cricket ground Bishopsbourne Paddock which staged many first-class matches during the 18th century. He later moved to Dandelion, near Margate, and established another ground there which was used for some first-class games towards the end of the 18th century.
But his generosity was too great and in 1808, a victim of wagering massive sums of matches, he was declared bankrupt.