- D. T. Moore
Kirby, William (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist, was born at Witnesham, near Ipswich, Suffolk, on 18 September 1759, the son of William Kirby (d. 1791), a solicitor, and his wife, Lucy Meadows. He had four sisters.
Kirby's initial interest in natural history was fostered by his mother, who had a conchological collection from which she taught him the names of shells. In 1770 mother and son made a small herbarium at ...