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Kirby, Williamlocked

  • 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 ...

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