William Borrer: Correspondence and notes

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8185: Letters to C.C. Babbington

Manuscript letters from William Borrer, 1842-1860.

MS.Add.8186: Correspondence and notes

Correspondence with M.J. Berkeley, Edward Jenner, Sir W.J. Hooker, James de Carle Sowerby, Joseph Woods and others; botanical notes on John Lindley, etc.; and a framed portrait of Borrer in profile.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Borrer (1781-1862), botanist, was born at Henfield, Sussex, on 13 June 1781, and educated at private schools at Hurstpierpoint and Carshalton, Surrey. He left school early, and received further education from tutors. Borrer travelled around Britain collecting species of plants, and made contributions to botanical publications. He was a Fellow of the Royal, Linnean and Wernerian Societies. He died at Henfield on 10 January 1862.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Library of the Department of Botany, Cambridge, 1977.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Borrer in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. II (London, 1908), p. 868.

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