Born 14 July 1861, in Liverpool. He was a schoolmaster at Machynlleth and Harlech. He acquired specialist knowledge of plants in Merionethshire and Caernarfonshire, and he was an acknowledged expert on British mosses. He won a prize at Blaenau Ffestiniog national eisteddfod, 1898, for an essay on the plants of Merionethshire. He rediscovered, on Cader Idris, in 1901, the plant known as hairy greenweed, which was presumed at the time to be extinct. He was one of the early members of the Moss Exchange Club, and when the British Bryological Society was formed he was appointed secretary of that society. Later he became president.
In 1918 he gained a M.Sc. degree of the University of Wales. Afer retiring in 1924 he lived in Cheltenham and Bristol. In 1925 he was elected a member of the Linnaean Society. He wrote ‘The Flora of Dolgelley and the Neighbourhood’ as an appendix to T.P. Ellis, The Story of two Parishes, Dolgelley and Llanelltyd (1928). He died at Bristol, 6 Oct, 1936, and his collections of plants was distributed between the British Museum and the National Museum of Wales.
Published date: 2001
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