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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)

The University of Reading Herbarium hosts a fascinating historic collection of ferns amassed by the energetic and well connected Katherine Murray Lyell, wife of Henry Lyell, but also sister-in-law to Sir Charles Lyell (who was married to Katherine’s sister Mary).

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Brief notes on some Percival Wheats

The University of Reading Herbarium houses a collection of wheat samples collected by John Percival.  Some of those samples are archaeological and these are housed in plastic boxes in metal drawers in the main herbarium.  To help scholars who wish … Continue reading

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Mrs Katherine Murray Lyell at RNG

Mrs Katherine Murray Lyell (1817-1915) was a British pteridologist.  Born Katherine Horner in 1817 she later married Henry Lyell, brother of Sir Charles Lyell, the president of the Geological Society (who married Katherine’s sister Mary Horner). Katherine Murray Lyell was … Continue reading

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Watson-Praeger vice-counties now on Wikidata

In the UK much botanical recording was based around Watsonian Vice Counties starting in the south west with VC1 – West Cornwall with Scilly and ending with VC112 – Shetland.  The equivalent in Ireland are those of Praeger – each … Continue reading

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Odoardo Beccari – RNG Herbarium – Collectors

Beccari, Odoardo Dates: (1834-1920) Abbreviation: Becc. A florentine orphan who attended school in near by Lucca with the Abbot, Ignazio Mezzetti, a keen natural historian as his mentor. Whilst still a student at The University of Pisa, he became the … Continue reading

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M. & R. Barrett – RNG Herbarium – Collectors

Barrett, M. & R. Abord R.V. Hero sent by US National Science Foundation to S. Chile, principally to study whales and dolphins (Goodall, unpub.) 28.xi.-9.xii.1986; Isla Desolacion-Pto Angosto. Isla Capitan Aracena-Bahia Morris. Isla London. Isla Stewart-Pto Fanny. Isla Navarino-Wulaia, Bahia … Continue reading

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