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A List of Contributors to the Bromfield Herbarium

This list of collectors associated with the Bromfield Collection includes a brief biography and an approximate date range as well as a broad geographical range. The one exception to this is Alexander Goodman More as quite a proportion of what is known as the Bromfield Collection has been collected by him. The collection is still in the process of being catalogued and once completed more detailed information relating to dates, place and species will be available.

W Baines

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by W. Baines in1853, from the Isle of Wight
Label from specimen collected by W Baines

William Borrer

Born in Henfield, Sussex on 13 June 1781. A noted botanist with an interest in the genera Rosa, Salix and Rubus. In 1812, he formed the Henfield Society for Educating the Poor and between 1815 and 1855 there were 66 subscribers to this scheme. In 1844 he 'discovered' Leersia oryzoides (cut-grass) growing in the wild. Prior to this date it was only known as a cultivated plant. Throughout his life, Borrer contributed to numerous journals, as well as forming his own herbarium which is housed at Kew. He died in Henfield, Sussex on 10 January 1862. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by William Borrer between 1839 -1849 from Burwell Fen, Cambridgeshire; Anglesey, Coventry, Devon, Sussex, Suffolk, Morayshire, Guernsey, Yarmouth, Surrey, Saffron Walden, Thetford and Hastings.
Label from specimen collected by William Borrer

John Eddowes Bowman 1795-1841

Born in Nantwich, Cheshire on 30 October 1785. He was a banker based in Wrexham and studied botany in his spare time. His main interests were pteridophytes and bryophytes. Over the years he sent botanical records for North Wales to H.C. Watson. Throughout his life John Eddowes Bowman contributed to various periodicals. He drew and described Elatine hydropiper (Eight stamened Waterwort, a plant discovered by him on the south east side of Llyn Coron near Aberffraw, Anglesey in 1830. In 1841 he published Fossil Trees near Manchester, in the Transactions of the Geological Society.
J E Bowman's collection of approximately 200 ferns is held at the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and his moss herbarium is at Oxford. Other plants and letters are at Kew. His collection on fossil tree stumps from the Bolton area are housed at Manchester Museum. John Eddowes Bowman died in Manchester on 4 December 1841. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by John Eddowes Bowman from Montgomeryshire.
handwritten label for specimen collected by J E Bowman

Mrs Chas Branton

Possibly the wife of Sir C Branton, who lived at Montagu House, Dover Street, Ryde in the 1850s. There are specimens collected in the Isle of Wight by Mrs Chas. Branton in the Bromfield Herbarium.
Handwritten label for specimen collected by Mrs Branton

Isaac Brown 1803-1895

Born in Amwellbury, Hertfordshire in 1803. He was the school master at the Isaac Brown Academy in Hitchen, which he founded in 1838. Two of his pupils were Arthur Lister, later a mycologist and his brother, Joseph Lister, who became a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. The school closed in 1845. He contributed largely to the Flora Hertfordiensis published in 1849. Isaac Brown died in Kendal on 3 November 1895. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Isaac Brown in 1831 from Hertfordshire.
label from specimen collected by Isaac Brown

Thomas Edmonston 1825-46

Bborn in Buness, Shetland on 20 September 1825. He was a naturalist to HMS Herald (1845 - 1846) and also held the post of Professor of Botany at Andersons University from 1845. Thomas Edmonstons many publications include: List of Phanerogamous Plants...observed in the Shetland Islands, from Annals of Natural History Vol. 7 1841; Additions to the Phaenogamic Flora of Ten miles around Edinburgh, from The Phytologist Vol. 1 1843; The Flora of Shetland,1845; and The Fauna of Shetland, from Zoologist Vol. 2 1844. In 1837 he found and named - Ceratium nigrescens Edmonston ex H.C. Watson (Shetland Mouse-ear) on Unst, Shetland. This plant is native to Unst on serpentine debris. Thomas Edmonston died in Sua, Atacamas, Ecuador on 24 January 1846. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Thomas Edmonston between 1840-1843 from Shetland and Forfarshire.
label from specimen collected by Thomas Edmonston

J Freeman

This could be either John Freeman (1784-1864) or his son Joseph Freeman (1813-1907). John Freeman was a schoolmaster at Stratford, Essex. Joseph contributed to GS Gibson's Flora of Essex, 1862 and published Hints on describing Species in the Proceedings of the Botanical Society of London, 1839.
There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by J. Freeman in 1845, from Isle of Dogs, Middlesex.
label from specimen collected by  J Freeman

William Gardiner 1808-52

Born in Dundee on 13 July 1808. He was an umbrella maker based in Dundee, from 1825 - 1852, but he also collected and sold sets of Scottish plants. He was secretary of the Gleaners of Nature Society, Dundee, 1829. William Gardiner contributed to many publications including Magazine of Natural History 1832-6, and to the Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, 1839.Other publication include: Botanical rambles in Braemar, 1844; Twenty lessons on British Mosses, 1849 and The Flora of Forfarshire, 1848. His botanical repository, a large foolscap volume of over 1000 pages in neat copper plate with page decorations is housed in Dundee Central Library, along with other manuscripts. William Gardiner's letters are housed in Kew along with some of his plant collections, which are also at Dundee, Hull University (about 170 specimens, mostly from Forfar) and the Natural History Museum. His lichen herbarium of approximately 100 specimens is at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle on Tyne. Sphoeria gardineri Berkeley is named after him. William Gardiner died in Dundee on 21 June 1852.
There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by William Gardiner between 1842 - 1845 from Aberdeen, Fife, Perth and Forfar.
label from specimen collected by William Gardner

Samuel Gibson 1790?-1849

Born in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire c1789-90. He was a whitesmith based in Hebden Bridge, but was also a keen entomologist, conchologist and palaeontologist, as well as having an interest in botany - especially algae, lichens and ferns. He contributed to The Phytologist, the Flora of Yorkshire and the Flora of Cheshire. His geological collections were donated to Manchester Museum in 1847.
Hieracium gibsoni Backh was named after him. He died in Hebden Bridge on 21 May 1849. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Samuel Gibson in 1843 from Hebden Bridge.
label from specimen collected by Samuel Gibson

Amelia Warren Griffiths 1768-1858

Born in Pitton, Devon on 14 January 1768. She was an Algologist and contributed, among others, to Panorama of Torquay, 1832. Amelia Griffiths died in Torquay on 4 January 1858. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Amelia Warren Griffiths Braunton Burrows, Devon.
label from specimen collected by Amelia Griffiths

Samuel Hailstone 1768-1851

Born in Hoxton in 1768. He was a solicitor who lived at Horton Hall, Bradford and was a founder of the Bradford Literary and Philosophical Society. Samuel Hailstone contributed to English Botany; the Journal of Botany and the Flora of Yorkshire. His collection of c2000 flowering plants was passed to York Museum after his death. Carex hailstoni S. Gibson was named after him. Samuel Hailstone died in Bradford, Yorkshire on 26 December, 1851. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Samuel Hailstone in 1823 from Yorkshire.
label from specimen colleced by Samuel Hailstone

Albert John Hambrough 1820?-61

Born c1820. He was a magistrate and lived at Steephill Castle, Ventnor, Isle of Wight. He contributed to the Flora Vectensis, compiled a list of seaweeds for E.Venable's Isle of Wight, 1860 and supplied locality details to A.G. More who published them in A Supplement to the Flora Vectensis, 1871.
Found Arum italicum. His herbarium was acquired by Charlotte Ellen Palmer. A J Hambrough died in London, 6 June 1861. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Albert John Hambrough from the Isle of Wight.

E Harvey

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by E. Harvey in the 1840s from Castle Craig, Peebleshire.

Prof John Stevens Henslow 1796-1861

Professor or Rev John Stevens Henslow was born at Rochester, Kent on 6 February, 1796. He was Professor of Botany at Cambridge from 1825 to 1861; Vicar of Cholsey, Berkshire, 1832 and Rector of Hitchin, 1837. One of his pupils was Charles Darwin, whom he recommended for the position as naturalist on HMS Beagle. His papers and publications include: Principals of Botany, 1836; Catalogue of British Plates, 1839; Journal of Horticulture, Life of Darwin, i.168 and contributions to The British Flora, 1860. J S Henslow's herbarium is housed at Cambridge and Kew. Prof John Stevens Henslow died at Hitcham, Suffolk on 16 May 1861.
There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Prof John Stevens Henslow in 1836, from Norfolk.
label from specimen collected by Prof Henslow

Joseph B Heuch

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Joseph B. Heuch, from Somersetshire.
label from specimen collected by Joseph Heuch

William Hughes

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by William Hughes in 1839 from the Isle of Wight.
label from speimen collected by William Hughes

William Jollife

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by William Jollife in 1841 from the Isle of Wight.
label from specimen colleced by William Jollife

Mr Kirkpatrick

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Mr Kirkpatrick from the Isle of Wight .

George W Landy(?)

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by George W Landy? in 1847 from Kent.

Rev George Reading Leathes 1778?-1836

Born at Rudham, Norfolk c1778. He was Rector of Limpenhoe in 1803 and of Wickhampsted in 1804. Rev Leathes contributed to English Botany 1823 and The Gentlemans Magazine. The genus Leathesia (seaweed) is named after him. He died at Shropham, Norfolk 1 January 1836. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Rev George Reading Leathes from Cumberland.
label from specimen collected by Rev Leathes

William Allport Leighton 1805-89

Born in Shrewsbury on 7 May 1805. He was a schoolfellow of Charles Darwin in Shrewsbury, 1817 and later became Curate of St Giles, Shrewsbury, 1846-8. Rev Leighton was a member of The Shropshire Archaeological Society and edited the Transactions of the Society for many years. The Society also ran a Museum at the Old Free Grammar School Buildings in Shrewsbury. Leighton was the Honorary Curator of the Archaeology section. In 1841 Rev. Leighton published The Flora of Shropshire. He "postponed" his ordination for ten years for the preparation of his Flora, during which time he recruited a recording group. After the publication of The Flora of Shropshire, Leighton went on to the study of lichens, and became a national authority in the subject. He went on to publish British Angiocarpous Lichens in 1851. Rev W. A. Leighton died at Luciefield, Shrewsbury on 25 February1889. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected Rev William Allport Leighton between 1836-1838 from Shropshire and Montgomeryshire .
label from specimen collected by Rev Leighton

John Stuart Mill 1806-1873

Born in London on 20 May 1806. He was a logician and economist who botanised in his spare time. He contributed to The Phytologist from 1841 and to the Flora of Surrey. There is a reference to John Stuart Mill in The Wild-Flowers of Selborne: "About the year 1835 John Stuart Mill, who found his only recreation in botany, discovered in Sandown Bay a single specimen of the rare purple sponge". The 'purple sponge' is in fact Euphorbia peplis L, the Purple Spurge and the only specimen found on the Isle of Wight. He died at Avignon on 8 May 1873. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by J S Mill from the Isle of Wight

David Moore 1807/8-79

David Moore (originally spelled Muir) was born in Dundee on 23 April1807/8. In his early years David Moore worked in the gardens of the Earl of Camperdown. He was the Foreman at Trinity College Gardens, Dublin, from 1829-1834. In 1834, David Moore was appointed as botanist to Ordnance Survey of Ireland and collected indigenous species in the north of Ireland. He then went on to the post of Curator of Glasnevin Botanic Gardens from 1838 - 1870, where Sarracenia x moorei, the first artificial hybrid pitcher plant, was raised in the early 1870s and named after him. Another hybrid was named Sarracenia x popei after William Pope, a foreman in Glasnevin Botanic Gardens. The hybrids and another achievement, Aponogeton madagascariensis were exhibited at the International Botanical and Horticultural Congress, Firenze (Italy), in June 1874 where Moore was awarded two gold medals.
Other plants named after him include Rosa moorei Baker Sarracenia x moorei, Apium x moorei (a natural hybrid found in Ireland) Crinum moorei (a lily from Natal, South Africa) Passiflora mooreana (a passion flower from Argentina). Found Inula salicina, 1843. With A.G. More he edited Contibutions towards a Cybele Hibernica - an account of the distribution of plants in Ireland, 1866. He also published British Grasses ( with specimens), 1850 and Synopsis of Irish Mosses, 1873. David Moore died in Glasnevin, Dublin, 9 June 1879. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by David Moore from County Derry.
label from specimen collected by David Moore

Alexander Goodman More 1830-1895

Born in London on 5 September 1830. He came to the Isle of Wight after leaving Cambridge University and befriended several of the local naturalists, including Frederick Bond, H Rogers and the Rev C A Bury. A.G. More was interested in all aspects of zoology and botany; publishing On the Distribution of Birds in Great Britain during the Nesting-Season (Ibis, 1865) and a List of Irish Birds (1885). During his many years residence in the Isle of Wight, A.G. More contributed much to the knowledge of its botany. He printed in 1859 A Catalogue of Flowering Plants and Ferns growing wild in the Isle of Wight to serve as an index to the herbarium of W.A. Bromfield. Later, in 1871, he published A Supplement to the Flora Vectensis. He was Curator at the Natural History Museum, Dublin from 1881 to 1887. Isoetes moeri Moore is named after him. Alexander Goodman More died in Dublin on 22 March 1895.
label from specimen collected by Alexander More

James Motley 1822 - 1859

Born in Leeds in 1822. His main botanical collecting period was between 1847 until his death. He lived in Aberafon, Glamorgan and later in Labuan, Malaysia. He contributed to The Phytologist, 1847 and The Journal of Botany, 1847 and 1855. His herbarium was at the Royal Institute of South Wales, Swansea. James Motley was killed in Borneo in 1859. There is a specimen in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by James Motley in 1847 from Pennard Castle, West Glamorgan.
label from specimen collected by James Motley

Rev George Munford c1794-1871

Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, c1794. He was vicar of East Winch, Norfolk from 1849 and contributed to Flowering Plants of West Norfolk, Annual Magazine of Natural History (1841) and to Whites History of Norfolk, 1863. He died at East Winch, Norfolk, 17 May 1871. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Rev George Munford in 1841 from Norfolk.
label from specimen collected by Rev Munford

Rev William Williamson Newbould 1819-86

Born in Sheffield on 20 January, 1819. He was a close friend of Babington and H C Watson. Rev Newbould contributed quotations from and references to old authorities to the Flowering Plants of Wilts, 1888. The Preface states: "I am indebted to the late W W Newbould, whose name will be a sufficient guarantee of their completeness". He also contributed to the Flora of Dorsetshire, 1874. Hedied at Kew, 16 April 1886. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by William Williamson Newbould from the Isle of Wight.
label from specimen collected by Rev Newbould

William Lowndes Notcutt 1819-68

Born in Wilbarston, Nottingham on 19 April, 1819. Over the years he was a pharmacist based at Fareham, Kettering and Cheltenham. He contributed and published papers in The Phytologist. The Phytologist of 1844 (Vol. ii p 201) contains 'a catalogue of plants noticed by Mr. Notcutt within a circuit around Fareham from 2 to 4 miles, Hill Head the furthest point. Titchfield Common refers only to a portion of that Common, that to the East or South East'. His various publications include: Handbook of the Microscope, 1859; Notes on Wild Flowers, 1854; and Handbook of British Plants, 1865. He is noted in the Flora of Hampshire, 1904 as finding the first record of Rosa tomentella in Hampshire in 1844, along with several other first records. He died at Cheltenham on 15 September 1868. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by William Lowndes Notcutt between 1844 from Hampshire (VC 11) and Suffolk. (These are annotated Hants Phyt III).
label from specimen collected by William Norcutt

Mrs Phillipps

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Mrs Phillipps between 1855 from the Isle of Wight.
label from specimen collected by Mrs Phillips

J Pristo

J Pristo contributed to A Supplement to the Flora Vectensis, 1871. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by J Pristo in 1860 from the Isle of Wight.
label from specimen collected by J Pristo

Bell Salter 1814-58

Thomas Bell Salter was born in 1814, and when he qualified as a MD his practise was based in Ryde, Isle of Wight. Thomas Bell Salter died in Southampton, 30 September 1858  There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Thomas Bell Salter between 1839 - 1852 from the Isle of Wight and Surrey. Along with Hooker he was co-editor of Bromfield's Flora Vectensis, 1856. One of his main areas of interest was the Rubi genus and later had Rubus salteri Bab named after him. His Isle of Wight plants were originally housed at Bromfieldian Museum, Ryde
label from specimen collected by Thomas Salter

Rev Thomas Salwey 1791-1877

Born at Richards Castle, Ludlow on 19 October 1791. He was Rector of Oswestry, Salop, from 1833 to 1872. In 1847, while botanizing in Guernsey he found Allium triquetrum. In 1863 he published a List of plants of Barmouth in The Visitors Guide to Merioneth. His main interest appears to have been lichens and he contributed to many journals on the subject. Lecidea salweii Borrer was named after him. He died at Worthing, Sussex on 3 December 1877. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Rev Thomas Salwey from the Isle of Wight.
label from specimen collected by Rev Salwey

Thomas Sansom d1862

Thomas Sansom lived in Liverpool. His publications include Papers on Mosses in the Proceedings of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool, 1849-1855 and Fungoid disease of Pears &c. in Transactions of the Historical Society of Lancashire, 1856.He died in Liverpool in 1862. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Thomas Sansom in 1848 from Cheshire.
label from specimen collected by Thomas Sanson

William Wilson Saunders 1809-79

Born in Little London, Wendover, Bucks on 4 June 1809. He was an underwriter at Lloyds of London and was primarily an entomologist as well as a botanist. He was president of the Entomological Society on two occasions, 1841-1842 and 1856-1857. His botanical contributions include: Refugium Botanicum, 1868-73; Mycological Illustrations, 1871-2. Potentilla saundersiana Royle is named after him. He died in Worthing, Sussex, 13 September 1879. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by William Wilson Saunders between 1840-1842 from Battersea, Wandsworth and Oxon
label from specimen collected by William Saunders

Rev Gerard Edwards Smith 1804-81

Born in Camberwell in 1804. He was variously Curate of Sellinge, Kent from 1830-2; Vicar of Cantley, Yorks, from 1844-6 and Vicar of Osmaston, Derby from 1854-71. In 1861 he wrote the preface to Howe's Ferns of Derbyshire, contributed to the Flora of Derbyshire and described Ophrys arachnites and Statice binervosa for the English Botanical Supplement. He died at Ockbrock, Derby on 21 December 1881. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by the Rev. Gerard Edwards Smith between 1842-1847
label from specimen collected by G E Smith

Rev L G (E?) Smith

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Rev Smith between 1840-1842 from the Isle of Wight and Sussex .
label from specimen collected by Rev Smith

Daniel Stock c1797-1873

Born c1797 and lived in Bungay, and, later, Stoke Newington. He contributed to the Magazine of Natural History from1828 and was the local Secretary of the Botanical Society of London in 1839. He died on 26 March 1873. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Daniel Stock in from Bungay, Surrey.
label from specimen collected by Daniel Stock

John Storey 1801?-59

John (Jno) Storey was born c1801 and was a schoolmaster at Gateshead and Durham. He published papers in the Transactions of the Tyneside Naturalists Field Club. Sent Newcastle list and plants to H.C. Watson's Topographical Botany Ed. 2, 557. At the time of his death he was preparing the Flora of Northumberland and Durham which was completed by J G Baker and G R Tate.
He died in Newcastle in October 1859. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by John (Jno) Storey between 1844-1845 from Northumberland, Durham.

Fred Stratton 1840-1916

Born in Newport, Isle of Wight on 16 November 1840. He was a solicitor who contributed to A Supplement to the Flora Vectensis, 1871, the Journal of Botany from 1869-1916, The Flora of Hampshire, 1904 and published Wild Flowers of Isle of Wight, in 1900. He also compiled a list of Flowering Plants and Ferns and their Allies in A Guide to the Natural History of the Isle of Wight, 1909. He died in Newport, Isle of Wight on 5 December 1916. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Fred Stratton between 1866-1869, from the Isle of Wight
 label from specimen collected by Fred Stratton

John Tatham 1793-1875

John Tatham was a druggist and was born in Settle, Yorkshire on 20 September 1775. He assisted Windsor in Flora Cravoniensis and Henry Baines in Flora of Yorkshire, 1840. His Herbarium and MSS are housed at Kew. He died at Settle, Yorkshire on 12 January 1875. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by John Tatham between 1840-1841, from Settle.
label from specimen collected by John Tatham

John Thompson 1778?-1866

John Thompson was a miller based at Crowhall Mill, Northumberland. He contributed to English Botany and the Transactions of the Northumberland Natural History Society. He died at Gateshead, Northumberland on 26 March 1866. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by John Thompson, from Northumberland.
Handwriiten label from a specimen collected by John Thompson

George Henry Kendrick Thwaites 1811-1882

Bborn in Bristol in 1811. He was an accountant based in Bristol and studied botany in his spare time. He had a particular interest in lower plants, especially cryptogams and algae. George Thwaites gained recognition after he discovered that diatoms were not animals, as previously thought, but algae. He became a Lecturer in Botany at the School of Pharmacy and at the Medical School, Bristol from 1847. Shortly afterwards he was appointed Superintendent at the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Ceylon from 1849, and director from 1857-1880. He contributed records from the Bristol area to Topographical Botany and to The Phytologist. Other publications that he contributed to include: Flora of Bristol, 1912; Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon, 1900; Curtis' Botanical Magazine; Tropical Agriculture, 1894, Journal of Botany, 1882; Proceedings of the Linnean Society, 1882-1883 and Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, 1886. He died at Kandy, Ceylon on 11 September 1882. There are
specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by George Henry Kendrick Thwaites between 1842-1846 from Bristol.
label from specimen collected by George Thwaites

Robert Tucker 1832-1905

Born in Walworth on 26th April, 1832. He contributed to the Flora of Middlesex, 1869; the Flora Hampshire, 1883; and to A. G. More's Supplement to the Flora Vectensis 1871. He died in Worthing on 29 January 1905. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Robert Tucker from the Isle of Wight

Benjamin Dornale Wardale 1770-1854

Born c1770 and lived in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was a naval officer. Plant collections at The Wiesbaden Museum, University College, Galway and National Museum of Wales. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by B. D. Wardale, in 1847 from Norfolk.
label from specimen collected by Benjamin Wardale

Hewett Cottrell Watson 1804-81

Born in Firbeck, Yorkshire, on 9 May, 1804. He has been variously described as a botanist, plant ecologist and evolutionist. In 1852, H C Watson pioneered the study of the distribution of plants by dividing the whole of Great Britain into 112 areas, based on the then county boundaries. These boundaries are unchanging and are unaffected by subsequent political and administrative changes. Watson's Vice Counties have been widely adopted by biologists. These fixed boundaries allow modern biologists to compare past records of species. His many published contributions include: Outlines of distribution of British Plants. 1832; New Botany Guide, 1835-7; Cybele Britannica, 1847-60; Topographical Botany, 1873-4; the botany section in Godman's Natural History of the Azores, 1870 and several county floras. Eleocharis watsoni Bab. (Slender Spike-rush - now known as Eleocharis uniglumis  Schultes was named after him. His manuscripts etc are housed at the Natural History Museum and also at Kew. H C Watson died at Thames Ditton, Surrey, 27 July 1881. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Hewett Cottrell Watson between 1847-1849, from Surrey.
label from specimen collected by Hewett Watson

W Whale c1840s

W Whale is known to have lived in or near Andover in the 1840's. A plant label written by W A Bromfield states: "From a plant found in a meadow on the Walworth Road, Andover and transplanted into a garden by its finder Mr W Whale of this town. 1848". There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by W. Whale from Hampshire. (Annotated Hants Phyt III.)
label from specimen found by W Whale

W Wilson

This is possibly William Wilson, who was born in Warrington on 7 June 1799 and died in Warrington on 3rd April 1871. William Wilson was a solicitor with a keen interest in mosses and published many articles in various botanical publications. These include Bryologia Britannica, 1855; Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, 1873 and the Flora of Cheshire, 1899. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by W Wilson in 1841 from Cheshire.

John Bland Wood 1813-90

Born in Pontefract on 3 December 1813. He was a physician and a Bryologist. He employed Richard Buxton (1785-1865) as a collector for his work Flora of Mancuniensis, published in 1840. He also contributed to the Journal of Botany, 1890 and the Flora of Cheshire. He died at Withington, Manchester on 11 February 1890. There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by John Bland Wood between 1840 - 1844 from Manchester, Southport, Forfar, Warrington, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Settle, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Bristol, Kincardine.
label from specimen collected by  JB Wood

W Woods

There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by W. Woods from the Isle of Wight.

Samuel Pickworth Woodward 1821-1865

Born in Norwich on 17 September,1821. He was Professor of Natural History at Cirencester, from 1845-1848 and worked as an assistant at the BM in the Geology and Mineralogy Department from 1848-1865. In addition to botany and geology, S P Woodward was a malochologist and published his Manual of Mollusca, later corresponding with Sir Charles Lyell who commented on his publication. Carduus woodwardii Wats is named after him. He died at Herne Bay, Kent on 11 July 1865.
There are specimens in the Bromfield Herbarium collected by Samuel Pickworth Woodward in 1845 from Gloucestershire.
label from specimen collected by Samuel Woodward