Ref NoMS/174b
TitleTS copy of Swainson's Tour of Lakes - J.C. Willis
AdminHistoryJohn Timothy Swainson (1756 - 1824) was one of the original 7 members of the Linnean Society when it was founded in 1788.

He was born on 15 September 1756, the son of John Timothy Swainson I and Betty Swainson. He married 3 times and had 5 children: Isaac Gabriel Swainson; George Loton Swainson; Charles Litchfield Swainson; John Timothy Swainson and William John Swainson, FRS, FLS. He died on 23 September 1824 in Liverpool.
John Christopher Willis FRS (1868 – 1958) was an English botanist.

Willis was born in Liverpool on 20 February 1868, and educated at University College, Liverpool, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In 1896 he was appointed director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) until 1912 when he was appointed director of the botanic gardens at Rio de Janeiro. He was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 1897, and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1919. He wrote a number of publications including "A Manual and Dictionary of the Flowering Plants and Ferns" in two volumes and "Age and Area: A Study of Geographical Distribution and Origin of Species”, published in 1922. He returned to Cambridge in 1915, and later went to live in Montreux, Switzerland. He married Minnie, daughter of T. Baldwin, and they had 3 daughters. He died on 21 March 1958 at the age of 90 and was posthumously awarded the Darwin–Wallace Medal by the Linnean Society.
DescriptionTypescript copy produced by John Christopher Willis of John Timothy Swainson's original manuscript, 'Sketch of a Tour from London to the Lakes made in the Summer of the year 1799'.

Also includes biographical information about Swainson; a transmittal letter from Willis dated 23 December 1947 gifting the manuscript (MS/174a) and typescript copy to the Linnean Society; letters dated 1948 from the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society about the possibility of publishing Swainson's manuscript; and a letter dated 1965 from the City of Liverpool Museums thanking the Linnean Society for the loan of the manuscript.
Date[1940 - 1948]
Extent1 folder
AcquisitionPresented to the Linnean Society by Dr J.C. Willis in 1948.
Creator NameSwainson, John Timothy
Willis, John Christopher
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