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John Gilbert Baker F.R.S., F.L.S (13/1/1834-16/8/1920)




Born in Guisborough, father Edmund Baker.
Bootham School - nursery of quaker naturalists (to quote D E Allen 'The Botanists').

Worked in his father's drapery and grocery business in Thirsk (many H@H sheets of his are from Thirsk or that area).

Home of the 'Thirsk Botanical Exchange Club' for some 8 years (derived from the London Botanical Society). In 1864, the Baker premises consumed by fire. The family lost their home and shop, and Baker his botanical library, herbarium specimens and the reports/records of the Thirsk botanical society. After a stay with William Borrer in Sussex, J D Hooker invited him to take up a position at Kew, so he worked in the herbarium there as First assistant.

He also acted with Trimen as joint Curator of the London Botanical Exchange Club, and they also edited the Journal of Botany. He worked at Kew for many years, and from 1890-1899 as Keeper. He published a Flora of Mauritius and the Seychelles, a Flora of the Lake District, & a Flora of Northumberland and Durham (?).
Information from Allen, D. E. 1986

Allen, David Elliston. 1986. The botanists. A history of the Botanical Society of the British Isles through a hundred and fifty years. Winchester: St Paul's Bibliographies.

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VC3, VC5, VC6
VC11, VC12, VC14, VC15, VC16, VC17, VC21, VC22, VC23
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VC61, VC62, VC64, VC65, VC66, VC67, VC69, VC70
VC68, VC81, VC83, VC85, VC88, VC90, VC91, VC92

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