British Pteridological Society

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The British Pteridological Society is for fern enthusiasts of the British Isles, and was founded in England in 1891.[1]

The origins and early history of the BPS at the time of "Pteridomania" is described in the book The Victorian Fern Craze.[2] The BPS celebrated its centenary in 1991; amongst other things, it was marked by the publication of the book, A World of Ferns.[3]

The British Pteridological Society is a registered charity: No. 1092399.[4] The BPS has as its Patron HRH The Prince of Wales.[5]

Publications[edit]

The British Pteridological Society publishes a number of works, which promote pteridology:

  • The Fern Gazette
  • The Pteridologist
  • The Bulletin

Presidents of the Society[edit]

John A. Wilson (1831-1914) was elected Chairman of the Society at the first meeting in 1891; subsequently Dr. F.W. Stansfield was invited to become the first President of the Society. He took office in 1892.[6]

President Term
Frederick Wilson Stansfield (1854-1937) 1892-1897, 1902-1904, 1907-1908
Charles Thomas Druery (1843-1917) 1898-1901
William Henry Phillips (1830-1923) 1904-1907
James J. Smithies (c.1850-1931) 1908-1909
Alex Cowan (1863-1943) 1909-1920
William Bathgate Cranfield (1859-1948) 1920-1948
Robert Bolton (c.1869-1949) 1948-1949
Arthur Hugh Garfit Alston (1902-1958) 1949-1958
Thomas H. Bolton (1899-1972) 1958-1960
Richard Eric Holttum (1895-1900) 1960-1963
Reginald Kaye (1902-1992) 1963-1966
James Davidson (c.1896-1985) 1966-1969
Irene Manton (1904-1988) 1969-1972
Henry L. Schollick (1906-1991) 1972-1975
Stanley Walker (1924-1985) 1975-1979
James Wood Dyce (1905-1996) 1979-1982
Anthony Clive Jermy (1932-2014) 1982-1985
Gwladys Tonge 1985-1988
Barry A. Thomas 1988-1991
Jack Henry Bouckley (1919-2013) 1991-1994
Trevor George Walker (1927-2006) 1994-1997
Martin H. Rickard 1997-2001
Alastair C. Wardlaw 2001-2004
Adrian F. Dyer 2004-2007
Richard W. Sykes 2007-2010
Mary Gibby 2010-2013
John A. Edgington 2013-

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Pteridological Society. "Introduction to the BPS". British Pteridological Society. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  2. ^ Allen, David Elliston (1969). The Victorian Fern Craze. Hutchinson. ISBN 978-0-09-099870-8. 
  3. ^ Camus, Josephine; A. Clive, Jermy; Thomas, Barry A. (1991). A World of Ferns. Natural History Museum Publications. ISBN 0-565-01120-0. 
  4. ^ "Register of Charities". Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  5. ^ "The Prince of Wales - Patronages". Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  6. ^ Busby, A.R. (1991). "Gleanings from the Minute Book 1891-1991". In Camus, Josephine. The History of British Pteridology 1891-1991. The British Pteridological Society. ISBN 0-9509806-3-3. 

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