Edmund Getty

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Edmund Getty MRIA (1799, Belfast – 1857, London) was an Irish antiquarian and naturalist. Getty was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He became Ballast Master of the Belfast Ballast Board and, later, Secretary of the Belfast Harbour Board. He was responsible for the reclamation of the slob-lands on the County Down and building of a'Crystal Palace' park. He wrote Chinese Seals in Ireland, The History of the Harbour Board, Last King of Ulster and articles on Tory Island and round towers.He was a founder member of the Belfast Natural History Society and one of the founders of Belfast Botanic Gardens.


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