Morant, Philip a British antiquary and divine, was born in the island of Jersey in 1700; was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford; then entered the sacred ministry, and became, first, rector of St. Mary's, Colchester, afterwards of Aldham, Essex. He died in 1778. Morant edited several works, and wrote a History of Colchester (Lond. 1748, fol.); also enlarged, and incorporated in a later work of his, Hist. and Antiquities of the County of Essex (1768, 2 volumes). He also wrote all the biographies marked with the letter C and the life of Stilliigh-eet in the Biog. Brit. (1st ed. 17 volumes, fol.). See Allibone, Diet. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, 2:1359.