He received his higher education at Trinity College, Cambridge. He spent most of his years divided between England and the island of Madeira, where he wrote prodigiously. The Dictionary of National Biography lists his works in four categories.
Among the twenty items listed under the first category, Theological and Ecclesiastical, is his History of the Holy Eastern Church (5 vols., London, 1847-1873), including a volume on the patriarchate of Alexandria. Other writings are Selections From the Writings of John Mason Neale (London, 1884); John Mason Neale’s Letters (London, 1910); and Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols (ed. Mary S. Lawson; London, 1914).
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