Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ex Herbario Soc. Bot. Lond 1840

I'm going through the herbarium sheets, this time looking more closely at the labels.
There is loads of info on them besides the actual plant specimen.
What strikes me is that, although living in the far north of Scotland, he was well connected and received many herbarium sheets from other collectors.   
 
This time I find evidence of the  Botanical Society of London  in Robert Dicks collection.
Set up in 1836, it is the start of an official organisation to help distribute herbarium sheets between botanists.  The name changed many times over the year, at one time becoming the Botanical Exchange Club and finally the  Botanical Society of the British Isles. which is still going strong today.
 


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