Maud Grieve

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Sophia Emma Magdalene Grieve (née Law)[1] (also known as Margaret, Maude, Maud or simply Mrs. Grieve)[2] (1858 – 1941) was the Principal and Founder of The Whins Medicinal and Commercial Herb School and Farm at Chalfont St. Peter in Buckinghamshire, England.[3] Grieve was a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, President of the British Guild of Herb Growers, and Fellow of the British Science Guild. She is perhaps best known today for her 1931 book, A Modern Herbal.

Maud Grieve had an encyclopedic knowledge of medicinal plants. Her training school gave tuition and practical courses in all branches of herb growing, collecting, drying and marketing. Grieve had an extensive herbal garden in Chalfont St. Peter, and during World War I she trained people in the harvesting, drying and preparation of medicinal herbs, to help remedy the shortage of medicinal supplies. To meet a large demand for information on herbal medicines during the First World War, Mrs Grieve started publishing pamphlets on the cultivation of herbs and uses of herbal medicines. These pamphlets were highly regarded by her peers and were eventually published as a book.

Grieve's work A Modern Herbal (ISBN 0-486-22798-7)[4] was published in 1931. The book contains medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and economic properties, cultivation and folklore of herbs from all over the world. The book is still in print and is available online. A Modern Herbal was conceived by its editor Mrs. Hilda Leyel and based on monographs of English herbs written by Mrs. Grieve. Mrs. Leyel added American herbs to Mrs. Grieve's monographs and checked and edited the whole work. Hilda Leyel was the founder of the Society of Herbalists and for many years its Director. She was instrumental in the re-establishment of herbal medicine in Britain in the 1900s. She was also a practicing herbalist herself.

She also wrote Culinary herbs and condiments and Roses and pot pourri: Plants of sweet scent and their employment in perfumery.[2]

Her collections and pamphlets are held by the Special Collections Division of the Edinburgh University.[3][5]


  1. ^ General Register office of England and Wales. Births, June Quarter 1858. 
  2. ^ a b Margaret Grieve (1858–1941) - LibraryThing - quality cataloging community
  3. ^ a b Archives Hub: Collection of material relating to Mrs. Maud Grieve, F.R.H.S (fl. 1937)
  4. ^ Editor's Introduction - A Modern Herbal The Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & Trees with their Modern Scientific Uses. Mrs. M. Grieve F.R.H.S. Edited and introduced by Mrs. C. F. Leyel
  5. ^ Library: Reference: GB 0237 Dc.3.97/1-4; Dc.3.98; Title: Collection of material relating to Mrs. Maud Grieve, F.R.H.S (fl. 1937)

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