Charles Abbot (botanist)

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Charles Abbot (24 March 1761 – 8 September 1817) was a British botanist and entomologist.


Abbot was educated at Winchester College and matriculated at New College, Oxford, with an M.A. degree in 1788. He was elected fellow of the Linnean Society of London in 1793, and he received the degrees of B.D. and D.D. in 1802.

Abbot was vicar of Oakley Raynes and Goldington, in Bedfordshire, Usher of Bedford School, 1787-1817,[1] and chaplain to the Marquess of Tweeddale. He died in Bedford in September 1817.


Abbot is noted for making, in 1798, the first capture in England of Papilio paniscus, the chequered skipper. His writings include the manuscript "Catalogus plantarum" (May 1795); a list of 956 plants of Bedfordshire;, and a later book on the same subject, Flora Bedfordiensis (November 1798). Other works include the 1807 volume of sermons entitled Parochial Divinity. He also wrote a Monody on the Death of Horatio, Lord Nelson, in 1805.


  1. ^ Slatter, Enid (2010) [2004]. "Abbot, Charles". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ IPNI.  C.Abbot.