Hort, Josiah An Anglican prelate, was born towards the close of the 17th century, and educated at a Dissenting school together with Dr. Isaac Watts. In 1695 he became chaplain to John Hampden, Esq., M.P., and afterwards settled as Dissenting minister at Marshfield. About 1708 he conformed, and became a minister of the Church of England. He now rose quickly to distinguished positions in the Church. In 1721 he was consecrated bishop of Ferns and Leighlin in Ireland, translated in 1727 to Kilmore and Ardagh, and was advanced to the archbishopric of Tuam in 1742, with the united bishopric of Enaghdoen, and with permission to hold also his former bishopric of Ardagh. He died Dec. 14, 1751. Bishop Hort published, besides, several collections of Sermons (1708-9,1738,1757) — Instructions to the Clergy of Tuam (1742, 8vo; 1768, 8vo; also in Clergyman's Instructor). See Hook, Eccl. Biog. 6, 184 sq.; Allibone, Dictionary of Authors, 1, 895.