William Richardson Linton

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William Richardson Linton
Born William Richardson Linton
(1850-04-02)2 April 1850
Diddington, Huntingdonshire, England
Died 7 April 1908(1908-04-07) (aged 58)[1]
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Nationality English
Ethnicity Caucasian
Citizenship British
Occupation Botanist, vicar
Spouse(s) Alice Shirley
Children Viola Marion Linton
Signature Rev William Richardson Linton handwriting source.jpg

Rev. William Richardson Linton (Diddington, Huntingdonshire, 2 April 1850 - Ashbourne, Derbyshire, 7 April 1908), Corpus Christi College, M.A.,[2] was an English botanist and vicar of the parish of Shirley, Derbyshire. He married Alice Shirley (daughter of Rev. Walter Waddington Shirley and Philippa Frances Emilia Knight Shirley) on 26 January 1887, with whom he had one daughter, Viola Marion Linton.[1]

Linton collected botanical specimens and records, often working with his elder brother who was also a cleric. (Rev. Edward Francis Linton was based mainly in Edmondsham in Dorset). In 1890 W.R.Linton published a short article in the Journal of Botany describing a new species of Hawkweed (Hieracium holophyllum) found in Derbyshire.[3] In 1892 he and his brother published a short eight page guide called Some Scottish Willows which they followed two years later with Set of British Willows.[4]

Linton wrote an extensive book about the Flora of Derbyshire, published in 1903.[5] The front cover of his Flora contained a large illustration in gold leaf of Rubus durescens, a species of bramble unique to Derbyshire which he had earlier discovered and described. His Flora contained 1,030 species of flowering plant and fern. He considered around 910 (88%) of these native, 70 (7%) aliens and 50 (5%) casuals. He also included mosses and liverworts. He included two maps of the county and two illustrations of plants he considered special in the area. In addition to the one shown on the cover, he also included a line drawing of Epipactis atroviridis, which he considered a species new to science that grew locally. The bramble is still recognised as a local species, but the orchid is no longer accepted as valid, and is probably just a form of the Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine). In 1969 Linton's flora was brought up to date by a committee of local botanists, led by Professor A.R.Clapham as editor, and published by Derby Museum and Art Gallery.[6]

In 1905 Linton published An account of the British Hieracia.[7] He died in 1908 in Ashbourne in Derbyshire.



  1. ^ a b "Reverend William Richardson Linton". Tolliss.com. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  2. ^ "The honours register of the University of Oxford; a record of university honours and distinctions, complete to the end of Trinity term, 1883". archive.org. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Hieracium holophyllum". Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  4. ^ Linton, Edward and William (1894). Set of British Willows. Herbaria. 
  5. ^ "Flora of Derbyshire". Open Library. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  6. ^ Clapham, A.R. (1969). Flora of Derbyshire. ISBN 978-0-9500474-0-9. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Linton, William Richardson (1905). An account of the British Hieracia. West, Newman and Co. 
  8. ^ "Author Query for 'W.R.Linton'". International Plant Names Index. 

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