Biographical Dictionary of British Coleopterists
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JACK, Kenneth Malcolm
Lived at 21 Montrose Avenue, Redland, Bristol 6 and had a particular interest in Coleoptera.
FRES from 1953. (MD 8/03)
JACKSON, Dorothy Jean (1893 - 13 July 1973)
Lived for most of her life in Scotland and for many years in St. Andrews. She appears to have been attracted to entomology and particularly to the Coleoptera in her early twenties, and without any formal training, rapidly established a considerable reputation for her research. She published a large number of papers beginning with several on Sitona, eg. 'Bionomics of weevils of the genus Sitones injurious to leguminous crops in Britain' in Ann. Appl. Biol., 7, 1921, pp. 269-298. Other papers on this group dealt with the genetics of flight and flightlessness. She then turned her attention to aspects of flight in the Dytiscidae on which she published some 25 papers between 1950 and 1966. During the period 1960-65 she also published several papers on the biology of Hymenopterous egg- parasites (Eulophidae and Mymaridae) of Dytiscidae.
In recognition of her contribution to entomology Jackson was elected Honorary FRES and she subsequently bequeathed £500, her four microscopes and large collection of separates to the Society. She is recorded to have very much enjoyed coming down to London to attend the Society's symposia.
There is a single obituary in Proc. RESL, C, 38, 1973-74, p. 57. (MD 8/03)
JACKSON, Thomas Herbert Elliot (1903 - 22 May 1968)
Known as 'Pinkie'. Well known African Lepidopterist who also collected beetles. Born in England the son of Brig. General H.K. Jackson and educated at Wellington College and Harper Adams Agricultural College, Shropshire, before travelling to Kenya in 1923. Moved to India but in 1924 returned to Kenya where he spent the rest of his life. After learning to grow coffee and settling on a farm on the slopes of Mt. Elgon, Jackson joined the O.C.T.U. at the outbreak of war, subsequently reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. At the start of the Mau-Mau emergency he volunteered and served in a senior capacity in the Embu district. After the end of the emergency he returned to his farm and continued to improve and increase it until he was brutally murdered by a criminal gang.
Jackson was a keen naturalist from his youth. The majority of the beetles collected by him were in his capacity as a member of the British Museum's Ruwenzori Expedition under F.W. Taylor and George Taylor in 1928. His important African Lepidoptera collection was split between the NHM and the Museum at Nairobi which also acquired his library. Smith (1986) pp. 80, 129, records that there are also vast collections of Lepidoptera in the HDO together with MS correspondence with R. Carpenter (1944-52).
FRES from 1932.
Gilbert (1977) p.186, lists five obituaries including Ent., 101, 1968, pp. 191-192. (MD 8/03)
JACOBY, Martin (12 April 1842 - 24 December 1907)
Not British being born in Altona, but included here because he spent all his professional life in this country after first arriving in Manchester with the Halle orchestra at the age of 21. Jacoby's interest in music - he subsequently became involved with the Royal Italian Opera and was a much respected violin tutor - ran parallel with his career in entomology. He married in 1869.
Jacoby's enthusiasm for insects began at a young age and always concentrated on the Coleoptera, particulalrly the phytophagous beetles, on which he became recognised as the leading authority in this country, if not in Europe. His publications, which began with 'Description of new genera and species of Phytophagous Coleoptera' in Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1876, pp. 807-817, were numerous: well over 115 articles and books, most describing new genera and species from all over the world. The best known are probably his two volumes in Godman and Salvin's Biologia Centrali-Americana, (6 part I and Supplement part 1, 1888-1892) and his volume on Chrysomelidae in the FBI series which was published in 1908 after his death.
Jacoby appears to have made two collections of beetles, one of which passed to M. van de Poll of Haarlem several years before his death (and the other to the NHM?). Insects collected by him are in the HDO (Smith (1986) p. 129). These last include 19 specimens of Lepidoptera from Tasmania (1897), two specimens of Nyctelia from Patagonia (1898), syntypes of various species included in material from H.E. and F.W. Andrewes from India, Burma, etc. (1900) and Phytophaga from various localities (1906).
Harvey et al. (1996) list an alphabetical index to the 'J.S. Baly and M. Jacoby' collection.
FES from 1886 and a regular attendant at meetings of this and the Entomological Club, where he played the violin.
Gilbert (1977) lists seven obituary and other notices including EMM, 44, 1908, p.45 (by J.J. Walker) and Ent., 42, 1909, pp. 32-35 (by G. Jacobson). This last includes a bibliography. (MD 8/03)
Published two notes on Irish Coleoptera: 'Timarcha tenebricosa in Co. Waterford' IN, 2, 1893, p. 199; and 'Coleoptera from Armagh', (includes Cionus thapsus and Quedius cruentis as new to Ireland), ibid., p.51. (MD 8/03)
Published with L.H.B. Wyse 'A Fortnight's Entomology in C. Waterford' which mentions Coleoptera, IN, 32, 1928, pp. 9-17.
Mentioned by Johnson & Halbert (1902) p. 542. (MD 8/03)
Entries on individual members of the family are given below. However, because there are numerous references in collections and the literature which it is often difficult to assign to one member of the family or another, sometimes because they refer to the family business, I have thought it useful to include this general reference.
The Janson family became Natural History Agents and Booksellers at 44 Great Russell Street in 1852, and continued this business for more than a hundred years during which time they were purchasers and sellers of numerous specimens and collections from all over the world, and corresponded with many of the most important naturalists of the day. In 1991, after the business had closed, their records were presented to the Natural History Museum, Entomological Library. Harvey et al. (1996) pp. 110-112, describe the collection as follows: 'The archive consists of a vast amount of material including business papers, letters, letterbooks and account books, c. 1873- 1929. It includes the papers of Edward Wesley Janson (1822-1891), Oliver Erichson Janson (1850-1926), Oliver Jordan Janson (1876-1964), O.E. Janson and Son, and Janson and Sons. The correspondence collection contains thousands of letters to and from entomologists and naturalists regarding the purchase and sale of collections, including specimens collected on expeditions and from private collections: [The following list excludes most of the foreigners but includes all British entomologists] Adams, H.J. (1898), Adkin, B.W. (1909-1921), Adkin, Robert (1894-1927), Andrewes H.E. (1899-1926), Angell, J.W. (1910-1920), Armitage, E. (1872-1879), Arrow G.J. (1899-1922), Bagnall, R.S. (1904-1908), Barrett, C.G. (1899-1900), Bates, F. (1872-1903), Bates, H.W. (1872- 1879); Bell-Marley, H.W. (1912-1917), Bethune-Baker, G.T. (1901-1928), Black, J.E. (1900-1924), Buckton, G.B. (1898), Burr, M. (1898-1919), Butler, E.A. (1908), Cameron, M. (1913-1927), Carpenter, G.D.H. (1928), Carrington, J.T. (1906), Carter, H.J. (1928-1929), Champion, G.C. (1897-1926), Chitty, A.J. (1900), Christy, W.M. (1898), Cockayne, E.A. (1911), Coe, R.L. (1927), Collin, J.E. (1899-1923), Cooke, B. (1874), Crawford W.M. (1923), Crotch, G.R. (1872-1874), Davidson J. (1922-1925), Day, G.O. (1896-1905), Distant, W.L. (1879-1920), Doherty, W. (1893-1901), Dow, R.P. (1914), Dunning, J.W. (1872-1877), Elwes, H.J. (1893-1894), Embry, B. (1927), Fitch, E.A. (1874-1877), Fowler, W.W. (1877-1911), Froggatt, W.W. (1927), Frohawk, F.W. (1894-1922), Fryer, H.F. (1877-1879), Gimingham, C.T. (1920-1926), Gorham, H.S. (1872-1911), Gosse, P.H. (1879), Gray, J.E. (1872), Hallett, H.M. (1917), Hampson, G.F. (1902-1906), Harrison, A. (1904-1909), Hemming, A.F. (1919- 1929), Hewitson, W.C. (1873-1876), Holland, W.J. (1893-1929), Jeffery, H.G. (1923), Johnson, C.W. (1904- 1905), Joy, N.H. (1902-1920), Kirby, W.F. (1879-1905), Lowther, R.C. (1921-1924), Mason, F.R. (1909-1918), May, J.W. (1875), Meyrick E. (1877-1905), Newman, E. (1872-1875), Ormerod, E.A. (1879-1900), Parry, F.J.S. (1873-1875), Pascoe, F.P. (1875), Pickard-Cambridge, A. (1917), Reynolds, L.R. (1917-1918), Roebuck, W.D. (1874-1907), Rye, E.C. (1872-1875), Selous, C.F. (1906-1929), Sheldon, W.G. (1896-1926), Shipp, W.J. (1893- 1897), Stainton, H.T. (1872-1874), Stoneham, H.F. (1929), Swinhoe, C. (1893), Theobold, F.V. (1921), Wallace, A.R. (1876-1903) and Wollaston, T.V. (1872-1878)'. (MD 8/03)
Sharon Reid at the Central Science Laboratory (DEFRA), York, informs me that there are specimens labelled Janson in the F. Bates collection there (see BATES, F. and WILLIAMS, B.S.) (MD 10/03)
JANSON, Edward Wesley (14 (12?) March 1822 - 14 September (August?) 1891
His family was of Dutch descent and his father was for many years London Agent of the Dutch-Rhenish Railway Company. In was in his father's office that Janson is recorded to have learned his business skills.
Janson's interest in entomology was sufficiently developed by 1843 that he joined the Entomological Society, and his first publication was 'Notice of the occurrence of rare Coleopterous insects with observations on their habits' in Zool., 6, 1848, 2108-2110. In 1850 he was appointed Curator of the collections which the Society maintained at that time, a position which he held until 1863 when he became Librarian in which post he stayed until 1874.
Janson's move from the Curatorship apparently resulted from differences of opinion about the relative merits of national and international research, and, since he had started up his natural history business in 1852, may also have involved differing attitudes to the commercialisation of the science. Certainly the writer of his obituary in EMM, 27, 1891, 278, hinted that his attitude was not sufficiently nationalistic as to be healthy and appears to apportion praise with reluctance: 'Most unfortunately for himself and the Society his peculiar temperament led to a serious split in the Society in 1862. All this time [1843-1862] Mr Janson was diligently collecting and studying the British Coleoptera, and did much and undoubtedly good work in an Order that was then comparatively little known, and to which the only guide was Stephens's Manual. He went the right way to work, and entered into correspondence with the leading Continental authorities on Coleoptera, thereby clearing up many doubtful points, and adding largely to the number of known British species. He was a frequent contributor to the Entomologist's Weekly Intelligencer, etc. and from 1855 to 1861 furnished the chapter on British Coleoptera to the Entomologist's Annual. Here again his temperament unfortunately brought him into violent contact with his fellow workers, for our Coleopterists in those days were by no means a happy family.' The notes in the Entomologist's Annual recorded numerous species new to the British list, many of which he either took or identified himself.
Janson was particularly interested in the literature of entomology and apart from amassing a considerable library, also involved himself, through his business, in publication. The Journal of Entomology, which appeared in 14 parts from 1862-1866, appears to have been his initiative although Taylor and Francis's name appears on it, but his name is clearly stated as publisher of Cistula Entomologica, which continued the series, in 29 parts, from 1869-1885. He also published a volume of British Beetles in 1863 with illustrations transferred from Curtis's British Entomology.
Of the work he did through his business the writer of the obituary noted above stated 'As a Natural History agent he did much, and often for the mere love of the thing, to enrich the collections of many of our prominent entomologists; the amiable side of his character strongly and favourably exhibited itself with the mellowness of age'.
Apart from his work on the British fauna, Janson also put together a very large collection of world Elateridae, although he published only one article on this group 'Descriptions of six new species of Elateridae collected by Mr Clarence Buckley during his second expedition to Ecuador' in Cist. Ent., 3, 1882, pp. 33-37. This collection passed to NHM via F.D. Godman in June 1903 and is described in The History of the Collections..., 1906, p. 590, as follows: 'It consists of 25,000 specimens of which at least 1000 are original types. Janson purchased the collection of this family made by M. Candeze, and which was the basis of his monograph. He also bought a second collection formed by Candeze, and he possessed according to a note found anmongst his papers the collections of Latreille, Dejean, Buquet, Reiche, Laferte, Gory, Parry, Deyrolle, Schaum (part), Bakewell (including Curtis), W.W. Saunders, Mniszech, E. Brown, A. Murray, H. Clark, and Atkinson. He also had large series of specimens collected by Wallace, Bates, Buckley etc.'
There are also specimens bearing Janson's name in the Hall Collection at Oldham (information from S. Hayhow), the York Museum (information from M. Denton) and in the Mason Collection at Bolton.
Apart from the obituary mentioned above there is another in Ent., 24, 1891, p. 252. (MD 8/03)
JANSON, Oliver Erichson (1850 - 25 November 1925)
Son of Edward Wesley Janson (see above) and shared his passion for the Coleoptera, taking over the family business and involving himself in collecting, research and publication.
Janson's early youth was spent at Fortis Green, Middlesex, in the area of which he collected extensively particularly at Finchley, Hampstead and Highgate. In 1906 he travelled to Iceland as a result of which he presented a collection of beetles to the Museum at Reikjavik whose holdings of Coleoptera were thin. On return he became interested in the fauna of Ireland, particularly Co Kerry, making two or three visits during the War and publishing some eight species new to the Irish list. In some of these he collaborated with other entomologists e.g. A.H. Haliday and L.H. Bonaparte-Wyse. (There is a list in Ryan et al. (1984) pp. 69-70).
Janson's favourite group was the Cetoniidae on which he became a world authority, publishing many new genera and species in Trans. ESL, EMM, and AMNH, and the two magazines which he published with his father Cistula Entomologica (1869-1885) and The Journal of Entomology (1862-1866). 'Descriptions of new species of Australian Cetoniidae' in Cist. Ent., 1, 1873, pp. 133-140, was his first entomological publication.
He also published occasional notes on the British fauna to which he added two new species, Stenopelmus rufinasus Gyll., found in the Norfolk fens whilst searching for Bagous binodulus (EMM, 57, 1921, pp. 225-26) and Pentaphyllus testaceous, Hellw.
Janson's collection of British beetles was acquired by the Cambridge Museum through purchase (£15) from his grandson, who was studying at Cambridge, in 1934. The Museum Register notes that it was housed in a 30 drawer cabinet and that it contained more than 100 species new to the general museum collection, some of which were in long series. It also mentions that it included a large proportion of Irish insects. The Museum also purchased his marked-up check list and an incomplete diary. This last is titled Entomological Journal No 2 New Series from 1864 to  British Coleoptera and contains detailed entries giving place, date of capture, habitats, numbers of specimens taken, etc. The diary is particularly interesting for the information it contains about the insects which Janson and his father acquired from numerous other coleopterists. Janson's collection was amalgamated into the general collection in 1945 after 100 specimens had been removed to the E.A. Newbery collection.
Specimens collected by Janson also exist in Doncaster Museum, Liverpool Museum and the HDO. Of the last, Smith (1986) notes: 'Various insects purchased between 1863 and 1879, including some from north coast of New Holland (1866 £1); Nepal, Upper Amazon, New Holland and Moluccas (1867, 14s 6d) one Lamellicorn, Cyphelytra ochracea Waterh. from Darjeeling (1875, 15s). Van der Poll collection of Carabidae and Orthoptera (purchased by Poulton, 1909, £40) [including specimens from L.A.A. Chevrolat and J.R.H. Neerwort]'.
Janson was a member of the ESL from 1869. (MD 8/03)
JANSON, Oliver Jordan (5 February 1876 – 18 May 1964)
A Lepidopterist rather than a Coleopterist but he had a wide range of knowledge about insects and worked in the family business in Great Russell Street until about 1911 when he set up on his own account until his retirement in the 1940s. For many years he catalogued the insect lots in Stevens's sale rooms in King Street, Covent Garden.
His own insect collections were destroyed by enemy action in 1944.
FRES from 1898. Member SLENHS 1928/29 – 1953/54 (Council 1931-33; Hon Recorder 1929/30-51/52). (MD 8/03)
A Reverend. Mentioned by Dawson (1854) p.159, in connection with Stenolophus dorsalis 'The Rev. Mr Jarman captured it abundantly in May 1853 near the railway bridge that crosses the lode in Holme Fen, Hunts.' (MD 8/03)
JARVIS, J. (d.1871)
Specimens collected by Jarvis in the New Forest and at Croydon are in the Hall Collection at Oldham (Information from Simon Hayhow). (MD 8/03)
Published a report on the Coleoptera of the Marlborough District in Report Marlborough College Nat. Hist. Soc., 1896, pp. 55-74. Lists species added since a previous publication in 1874. (MD 8/03)
This name appears on specimens in the general collection at Manchester Museum. (MD 8/03)
JEFFERY, Hugh Geoffrey (1871 - 20 January 1948)
Published three additions to the list of Coleoptera given by C. Morley in Guide to the Natural History of the Isle of Wight (1909) in Proc. Isle of Wight Nat. Nist. Soc., 1921, 1927 and 1935. Also wrote 'Lamia textor at Fairlight' with H. Donisthorpe, in ERJV, 10, 1898, p. 304.
K.G. Blair in a short obituary of Jeffery in EMM, 84, 1948, p. 48, wrote: 'this well known Isle of Wight entomologist... was always ready to place his extensive knowledge of the local insects birds and flowers at the disposal of visiting naturalists, though his favourite group was the Coleoptera.' Jeffery also published a list of the Lepidoptera of the Island. (MD 8/03)
Published 'Dermestes lardarius attacking bird's skins' in Zool., 1 (24), 1866, p. 528. (MD 8/03)
This name appears on Coleoptera in the general collection in Birmingham Museum. (MD 8/03)
There are weevils in the HDO collected by Jekel and presented via Rev. W. Tylden in 1875 (Smith (1986) p. 129). (MD 8/03)
JENKIN, Alfred Hamilton
Published 'Emus hirtus near Redruth' in Ent., 16, 1883, p. 119. (MD 8/03)
JENNER, James Herbert Augustus (1849 - 25 May 1924)
Born in Battle and died in Lewes. Appears from his list of publications to have been mainly interested in Lepidoptera but he did write three articles on beetles: 'Claviger foveolatus at Lewes' in EMM, 21, 1884, p. 36; 'Apion pomonae and Polydrusus undatus in cop.', ibid., and 'Heptaulacus villosus near Lewes', ibid., 25, 1889, pp. 383-384.
Coleoptera collected by Jenner are in the Booth Museum (information from P. Hodge), the Hall Collection at Oldham, to which he was a major contributor (information from Simon Hayhow). In 1895 he gave six rare Coleoptera from Sussex to the HDO (Smith (1986) p. 129).
There is a brief biography by R. Adkin in Ent., 57, 1924, p. 215, which I have not seen. (MD 8/03)
JENNINGS, F. Bransden
Published various notes on Coleoptera in EMM, (from 1898), ERJV, (from 1900) and Trans. City London Ent. Nat. Soc. (from 1900), particularly lists of annual captures, from various localities, mainly in the South East, where he lived. In one (EMM, 44, 1908, pp. 61-63) he mentions that he was a friend of C.J.C. Pool. (MD 8/03)
JENYNS, Leonard (25 May 1800 - 1 September 1893)
A Reverend, who is also known under the name of Leonard Blomefield, a pseudonym which he adopted in later life. He was born in London the son of the Rev. G.L. Jenyns, a Canon of Ely, and educated at Eton and St. John's College, Cambridge, before being ordained at the age of 29 to the curacy of Swaffham Bulbeck in Cambridgeshire, where he was Vicar for 30 years. On Leaving Swaffham he moved firstly the Isle of Wight and subsequently to Bath, where he died.
Jenyns is known mainly through the autobiographical memoir which he published privately in 1887 titled Chapters in my Life (second edition in 1889). He was a well known field naturalist, who was offered and declined the post of Naturalist on board the Beagle subsequently accepted by Darwin, and who has been called the 'Father' of the Linnean Society, which he joined in 1822. In view of his great age at the time of his death and the fact that he retained all his faculties, it was remarked that he might also have been given the same title as regards the Zoological Society, which he joined in 1826, and the Entomological Society which he joined in 1833. He was also the founder of the Bath Natural History Field Club in 1855 and he took an active interest in the Bath Literary and Scientific Institution to which he presented his library and herbarium. Jenyns was also on the role of the Swaffham Prior Natural History Society founded by G.B. Jermyn (see below) and took part in their expeditions (see 'A History of the British Coleoptera' by C. MacKechnie Jarvis in Proc. BENHS, 1976, pp. 98-101).
Jenyns published widely on various natural history subjects, his best known work being his Manual of British Vertebrate Animals, 1836. Not much appears to be known about his specific interest in Coleoptera but it exhibits itself both early and late in his life suggesting that it may have been ongoing. He is mentioned frequently by Stephens (1828) who describes him as 'my friend'.
B. Wager's typescript Catalogue of the History and Origins of the Insect Collections, in the Zoological Museum at Cambridge, makes clear that collections by Jenyns formed a large part of the Cambridge Philosophical Society's collections, begun in 1819, which were made over to the Museum in 1865, the year before its amalgamation, and that they also included collections made by Prof. Henslow. A manuscript catalogue of the Society's collection by Jenyns is in the archive cabinet.
Jenyns' articles included 'Notice of a rare capture followed by remarks on variation of structure and instincts in animals', which refers to Acanthocinus aedilis, in Proc. Bath Nat. Hist. Field Club, 5, 1885, pp. 172-194, and 'Notice of a second capture of the rare longicorn, taken near Bath in September, 1883', ibid., pp. 264-267, in which he corrects the name to Monochamus dentator.
Gilbert (1977) lists five obituaries the most comprehensive of which are: by J. Earle in Hist. Berwicksh. Nat. Club, 1893, pp. 347-358, and by H.H. Winwood in Proc. Bath Nat. Hist. Antiq. Fld Club, 8, 1894, pp. 35-55 (with portrait). (MD 8/03)
JEPSON, E.P. (d. 1950)
Listed in Harvey et al. (1996), p. 13, as the donor of a typescript List of Coleoptera collected in Fiji and sent to the British Museum for Identification 1909 (1910-111. Insect Room lists Volume 2, item 88). He worked for a number of years as Government Entomologist in the Department of Agriculture, Fiji, before moving to Ceylon as Assistant Entomologist, a post he held for 13 years. There is a biographical reference to him in Tropical Agriculturalist, 106, 1950, p. 130. (MD 8/03)
JERMYN, George Bitten (1789 - 1857)
Naturalist and antiquary who founded the Swaffham Prior Natural History Society in 1834 (see Jenyns above). MacKechnie Jarvis does not mention that he had an interest in Coleoptera but he is recorded as a donor of beetles in NHM Accessions Register, I, on 7 February 1838.
MacKechnie Jarvis provides a most interesting family tree showing how Jermyn was related by marriage to the Coleopterists Lady Jane Maryon-Wilson and John Power. (MD 8/03)
This name appears on insects in the Sparshall and Butler Collections at Norwich. (MD 10/03)
JOHNSON, William Frederick (20 April 1852 - 28 March 1934)
Born in Travancore, South India, the son of an official of the Church Missionary Society. He was educated privately and appears to have come to England in his early youth and received further schooling at Weymouth Grammar School and Arlington House, Portarlington, before going to Trinity College Dublin in 1872. There he became BA in 1876 and MA in 1880. Between degrees he studied for the church, taking Holy Orders in 1879.
In early professional life he was a teacher, firstly at Armagh Royal School as Assistant Master until early 1881, and subsequently at the Grammar School, Aramagh Cathedral, of which he became Principal. He also held offices of Junior, and later Senior Vicar Choral in the Cathedral. In 1895 he gave up teaching on being appointed Rector of Poyntzpass where he remained until 1921. For a short period he was then Rector of Killincoole, Castle Bellingham, Co. Louth, before retiring from active service in the church and moving to Rostrevor, Co. Down.
Johnson wrote in the British Naturalist, in 1893, that his interest in entomolgy began when he was about eleven and had collected butterflies and moths. Although he retained an interest in Lepidoptera throughout his life, by 1884, when he started a diary of observations and captures, he had also become interested in other groups, particualarly Coleoptera and Hemiptera.
His work on beetles, particularly in the area around where he lived, led to his becoming one of the foremost Irish Coleopterists of his day. On the shores of Lough Neagh, a locality which he visited frequently, he rediscovered the long lost Dyschirius obscurus, and added Bembidium argenteolum to the British list. He published many notes and articles about his Irish discoveries of which the most important are 'The Coleoptera of the Armagh District' in Irish Naturalist, 1, 1892, pp. 14-18, 36-38, 57-59, 77-78, 97-99, 120-123, 142-144; his 'List of the beetles of Ireland', compiled with J.N. Halbert, in Proc. R. Irish Academy, Ser. 3, 4B, 1902, pp. 535-827; and his survey of Clare Ireland and adjoining district in ibid., 31(28), B, 1912, p. 24. (Ryan et al. (1984) list some 65 other publications on Coleoptera). He also worked on Myriapoda, Aculeate Hymenoptera and parasitic Hymenoptera, publishing important papers on those groups too.
Johnson's collection covering the period 1880-1940 is in the Ulster Museum in a 30 drawer cabinet (My notes indicate that it may be incorporated with the W.M. Crawford collection but this is not clear). It includes some specimens from localities other than Ireland, and some Hemiptera. Other specimens collected by Johnson are to be found in the Hall Collection at Oldham (Information from Simon Hayhow) and in the York Museum (Information from Mike Denton).
J.J. Walker, who wrote Johnson's obituary in EMM, 70, 1934, pp. 164-165, records that they corresponded over a 40 year period, and remarked: 'working practically alone, far from reference collections and scientific libraries, the excellence and soundness of the results of his labours in general are thus all the more noteworthy'.
Member of the ESL from 1889 and was made a Special Life Fellow in 1923. He was also a member of the Royal Irish Academy.
Gilbert (1977) lists two further obituaries and an article about Johnson, when still alive, in British Naturalists, 3, 1893, pp. 74-77, including a portrait. Walker thanks the editor of the Irish Naturalist for advance sight of an extended obituary, not mentioned by Gilbert, which I have not seen. (MD 8/03)
There are 83 Coleoptera from Morocco collected by Johnston in the Royal Scottish Museum (Accession no. 1909- 253). (MD 8/03)
JONES, Alfred W.
Father of Richard Anthony. Mainly a botanist but was collecting Coleoptera in 1981 at which time he had a collection in four drawers. He lived at 11 Station Road, Newhaven, Sussex. (information from Peter Hodge). (MD 8/03)
Published 'On the destruction of the grub of the Cock-chafer or brown beetle' in Trans. Soc. Encourag. Arts, 19, 1801, p. 175. (MD 8/03)
Thanked by Marsham (1802) as one of the collectors who helped him (p. xxiii) and mentioned specifically in connection with Coccinella sinuata 'Mus. D. Jones' (p.160) and Curculio ligustici 'Ex. Mus. D. Jones' (p.314).
Lived at 76 Gillshill Road, Hull, E. Yorks., and had a particular interest in Lepidoptera and Coleoptera.
FRES from 1948. (MD 8/03)
Lived at Coombe View, Little Kimble, Bucks. and had a particular interest in Ambrosia beetles.
FRES from 1953. (MD 8/03)
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