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Chris Liffen

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:32 pm    Post subject: Henry Ibbotson Reply with quote

Ibbotson, Henry was born at Ganthorpe , near Castle Howard, Yorkshire.
He was the son of the gardener, John Ibbotson and his wife, Elizabeth. Richard Spruce (1817–1893) was his contemporary in Ganthorpe ; Spruce went on to become one of the great Victorian explorers (in South America ). See Spruce’s article entitled “Three days on the Yorkshire Moors” page 101 - -

In 1851, the census records him as living in Ganthorpe with his sister Elizabeth and mother (widowed), and he is described as a ‘botanist’.

In the 1861 census, he is recorded as a gardener at Castle Howard Reformatory School (Welburn). He produced A Guide to Castle Howard ( ). Interestingly, some of Mudd’s specimens were collected from Castle Howard by Ibbotson:-

He contributed to Henry Baines' Flora of Yorkshire (1840) and to J. G. Baker's works. He also prepared and published ‘Rarer plants near Castle Howard’ - The Phytologist 1844 (p557 ).

His main work was “A catalogue of the phaenogamous plants of Great Britain", which came out in parts between 1846 to 1849”, see .
His ‘last’ contribution was probably a booklet / pamphlet on “The ferns of York” in 1884. He sold specimen sets of the rarer plants of the northern counties. The 1881 and 1891 censuses record him variously as a botanist / gardener and lodger / boarder in York.
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