Sir Albert Seward: Letters and notes

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8179: Letters from D.H. Scott to Albert Seward, 1892-1932, 1 box-file.

MS.Add.8180: Notes by Seward on fossil plants in the museums of Berlin, Vienna, Breslau, Dresden, Prague, etc., written while he was Harkness Scholar, 1888, 2 volumes. There is a contents page at the start of each volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Albert Charles Seward (1863-1941), botanist and geologist, was born at Lancaster on 9 October 1863. He attended Lancaster Grammar School and St John's College, Cambridge, where he gained a Harkness scholarship in 1888. He was a Fellow and tutor of Emmanuel College, 1899-1906. Seward became university lecturer in botany in 1890, and was Professor of Botany, 1906-1936. He was Master of Downing College, 1915-1936, and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, 1924-1926. He was knighted in 1936, and died at Oxford on 11 April 1941.

Dukinfield Henry Scott (1854-1934), palaeobotanist, was born in London on 28 November 1854. He attended Christ Church, Oxford, 1872-1876, and trained as an engineer, 1876-1879. After studying botany at Wrzburg, 1880-1882, he was in charge, under T.H. Huxley, of botanical work at the Normal School of Science, 1885-1892. He became an honorary director of the Jodrell Laboratory, Kew, in 1892. Scott retired to Oakley House, near Basingstoke, in 1906, where he died on 29 January 1934.

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 Sir Albert Seward in L.G. Wickham Legg and E.T. Williams, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1941-1950 (Oxford University Press, 1959), pp. 771-773, and the entry on D.H. Scott in L.G. Wickham Legg, Dictionary of national biography, 1931-1940 (Oxford University Press, 1949), pp. 796-797.

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Cambridge University Library holds correspondence of A.C. Seward, MS.Add.7733, relating to his Darwin and modern science (Cambridge, 1909).