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Pamplin, William, 1806-1899 (botanist)



  • Existence: 1806 - 1899


William Pamplin was born in Chelsea on 5 August 1806, the son and namesake of a nurseryman. He became an assistant to his father, published in 1827 a Catalogue of the rarer indigenous plants of Battersea and Clapham, and three years later was elected an associate of the Linnean Society. In 1839 he acquired the bookselling business of John Hunnemann (one of whose daughters he married), and became the leading British publisher of botanical works, as well as an agent for the exchange and distribution of seeds and plants among British and Continental botanists and horticulturists. He owned and published a journal, The Phytologist, between 1855 and 1863. In the latter year he retired from business to Llandderfel in Merioneth, where he established a herbarium, and where he died on 9 August 1899.

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William Pamplin: Letters to him

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8189
Scope and Contents In the following correspondence, which mostly relates to the various aspects of Pamplin's business career, are represented many of the leading botanists of the middle decades of the nineteenth century. A similar, though larger, collection is in the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor (Pamplin Papers); and other letters, diaries and notebooks are held at the National Library of Wales (MSS 7492-7509). The following letters are mounted on paper, frequently two letters to a...
Dates: 1700-1895
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