Biographical dictionary

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Namesort descending Dates Biography
BATH, W. HARCOURT 1882-1932 Primarily a Lepidopterist although he did publish articles on Orthoptera and Odonata, and a note on 'The Stag Beetle in the Midlands' (where he lived) in Ent., 20, 1887, pp.44-45. Surprisingly, in view of the number and extent of his publications, there appears to be no obituary. His interest in entomology was pursued not only in Europe but also in India where he is recorded by G.J.Arrow to have collected Euchirinae in Darjeeling (FBI, Rutelinae, 1917, 370) Ashley Kirk Spriggs tells me that specimens from Darjeeling are in the Rippon Collection at NMW. (MD 9/01)

There are beetles bearing this name, collected in the Plymouth area, in the D.G.Hall  collection in Baldock Museum (information from Trevor James). Is this perhaps the A.K.Batten who is listed as a member of the Amateur Entomologist's Society from 1974-8 and gives his address as Ringmer, Sussex? (MD 8/17)

BAXTER, John Duff (1993) records ‘little is known about John Baxter, an assistant in the Chemistry Laboratories at Downside School during the 1950s who collected exclusively, if not particularly assiduously, in Somerset (J.H.Kemp, pers. comm..) It appears that Baxter inherited J.V.Blachford’s collection and added his specimens to it, and it was Baxter who gave Blachford’s collection to the University of Bath.’
BAYFORD, Edwin Goldthorp 1865 - 10 December 1958 Lived throughout his life in Yorkshire and took a keen interest in local history and literature in the county, of which he possessed a fine library. From 1920 he was a member of the Yorkshire Dialect Society. Bayford started by collecting Lepidoptera, but B.P.Uvarov notes that 'the chance finding of a longhorn beetle in 1883 turned his attention to the Coleoptera’ (Proc.RESL., 24(C), 1959-60, p.52). Bayford's first entomological article, on the Hessian fly, was published in the Ent., 1887, and his first Coleoptera note, on Monochammus sartor F. in EMM., 29, 1893, p.43. Subsequently he published many notes in the Naturalist (Hull) and in the EMM until 1926. Latterly these included accounts of the meetings of the Entomological Section of the Yorkshire Naturalists Union, of which he was Secretary and later Chairman, and at the meetings of which he frequently showed beetles. He was also a member of the South West Yorkshire Entomological Society. Bayford's friends included Dr Corbett. He owned the Rev. Tylden's copy of Stevens's Manual (EMM., 49, 1913, p.111). Bayford's collection passed to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Accession number Z.199.56) where it has been incorporated with the general collection. The collection and what it contained is mentioned by Bayford himself in Quarterly Transactions of the Barnsley Naturalist’s Society, V, 1885-6, pp.1-3. A collection of correspondence including 466 letters mostly to him from amongst others G.T.Porritt, W.D.Roebuck., T.Sheppard and M.L.Thompson, as well as members of his family is in the NHM together with a typed index. Some of the letters relate to the Yorkshire Coleoptera survey and others to the compilation of the insect section of the VCH. (MD 9/01)
BAYNES, Edward Stuart Augustus d. May 1972 aged 82 Published 'Abnormal growth of a mandible of Lucanus cervus L.’ in EMM., 82, 1946, p.196. Lived at Monkshatch Cottage, Compton, Guildford. (MD 9/01)
BEARE, Sir Thomas Hudson 11 October 1875 - 4 April 1945 Born in Adelaide, Australia a younger son of Thomas Hudson Beare of Netley, Adelaide. Educated at Prince Alfred College and the University of Adelaide. He came to Britain some time before 1887 when, at the young age of 29, he became Professor of Engineering in Heriot Watt Collere, Edinburgh. Two years later he moved to London as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University College, and in 1901 he returned to Edinburgh as Regius Professor of Engineering in the University of Edinburgh. In 1914 he became Dean of the Faculty of Science. He was knighted in 1926, and in 1936 he received the honorary degree of LL.D. Besides his professional and entomological activities Beare engaged in many other pursuits too. He was a Captain in the First Volunteer Division of the Royal Engineers; Chairman of the North Edinburgh Unionist Association, an original member of the Miners Welfare Committee; and a member of the Sanitary Protection Association. Beare's first publication on the Coleoptera 'Chrysomela goettingensis at Box Hill' appeared in the EMM, 29, 1693, 193, and was followed by many others. He was particularly adept at writing regional notes, and later compiled lists of additions to the British fauna. Beare at one time lived on the edge of Richmond Park where he did a considerable amount of collecting (see for example ERJV, X, i898, i46-150) and it was while living there that he first met Horace Donisthorpe (QV). Donisthorpe later recorded that their friendship lasted almost fifty years during which time 'we have spent many happy days together collecting beetles all over England and Scotland (EMM, 76, 1940, 187 and ERJV, 52, 1940, 107-8. These trips led to several joint publications including their well known Catalogue of British Coleoptera, published by Janson in 1904. This was subsequently revised by Beare alone as A Catalogue of the Recorded Coleoptera of the British Isles (1930)- It was while staying with Beare at Nethy Bridge in 1908 that Donisthorpe took Anaspis hudsoni, which he named after him (ERJV, 21, 1909, 60. Now relegated as a junior synonym of A. rufilabris (Gyll.)). Beare added several species to the British list including Thanasimus rufipes Brahm, Aulonium trisulcum Geoff., Olophrum assimile Payk., Aulonium ruficorne Oliv., and Corticeus fraxinii Kug. (see Donisthorpe, op. cit., for references). Beare's collection passed to Edinburgh Universityand is now on loan to the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. It consistsof one cabinet of 44 drawers, and is accompanied by a brown paper parcel, numbered 151,which contains a volume entitled Records of Captures of British Coleoptera by T. Hudson Beare (arranged alphabetically with an index) with, inside it, a smaller volume titled Additional species sent to the Hudson Beare Collection (apparently in 1944). The collection has been worked over by Kevan and Waterston and re-attributed insects have been left in their original locations. Gaps indicate that some species are missing. Other specimens collected by Beare are in E.C.Bedwell's collection at the Catle Museum, Norwich. Donisthorpe records that Beare kept only his own captures. FRES 1896, Vice-President in 1910 and 1932, and served for four periods on the Council. The only obituary seems to be that by Donisthorpe quoted. Arthur Ewing and John Owen inform me that the Central Library, George Square, Edinburgh has a copy of Fowler copiously annotated by Beare which was formerly in the Zoology Department at Edinburgh University, but was removed because it was considered ‘too valuable’ to remain there. (MD 10/03)
BEAUMONT, Alfred 1832-21 February 1905 Born at Honley, near Huddersfield. Educated at Storthes Hall under the tutorship of Peter Inchbald, a well-known entomologist of the time. It was here that Beaumont met J.W.Dunning and T.H.Allis, who were fellow pupils, and all three, enthused by Inchbald, retained an interest in entomology throughout their lives. It may have been at Storthes that Beaumont first met H.T.Stainton, the Lepidopterist, who also became a close acquaintance. On leaving school Beaumont joined his father's large woollen manufacturing business of which he later became the head. He was twice married, the church at Wilshaw, near Huddersfield, being erected to the memory of his first wife. Beaumont's early enthusiasm was for Lepidoptera and ornithology, and he built up fine collections of both. These were disposed of (except some rarities) when he moved from Honley, eventually to settle at Lewisham, near the Staintons, in 1884, and later at Gosfield in Essex. His collecting activities had by now switched to other orders including Coleoptera. His first article on beetles 'Captures of Coleoptera near Pitlochry, Perthshire' appeared in EMM., 20, 1883, pp.142-3) and was followed by various others, the last, on several beetles he had reared from timber, appearing in Ent., 1904. George Porritt, writing Beaumont's obituary in EMM., l02, 1905, p.95, noted that 'he did splendid work among the Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Neuroptera and Diptera, repeatedly finding species new to the British list, and in some cases new to science. Perhaps his favourite locality of late years was the lovely district of Oxshott in Surrey... He seemed never tired of collecting and setting his captures, and up to the time of his death, his setting of the most minute insects was a marvel of neatness. But the naming of his captures was always irksome to him; he usually sent his doubtful species to specialists, often to their advantage...’Beaumont's collection, on which he was working at the moment of death, was sold by Stevens on 5 February 1906 (Chalmers Hunt,J.M.(1976)). It seems likely that this is the collection which A.Fergusson records in EMM., 58, 1922, p.279, as belonging to T.G.Bishop, the Glaswegian entomologist, and passing after his death in 1922 to his grandson, also T.G.Bishop. Apart from the obituary already mentioned there are others in Ent., 38, 1905, p.120 and in Ent.Jb., 15, 1906, p.192. (MD 10/01)
BEAUMONT, W. Worby Published 'Mice and Beetles' in Nature, 20, 1879, p.29 (MD 10/01)

Published two articles on Scolytus at Wytham Wood in EMM., 102, 1996, 156-70, and subsequently worked abroad (Australasia or Far East?) (information from Paul Harding) (MD 8/17)

BECK, R. Ernest Lewis informs me that Beck’s collection was given to Sidcot School, Wincombe, Avon, a Quaker school. (MD10/03)