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Rev Edward Francis Linton (1848 - 1928)




1851 Diddington, Hunts
1861 Diddington, Hunts
1870 Oxford University
1871 Preston, Lancs.
1875 September Manchester
1878 Sprowston
1891 Holdenhurst, Hants.
1901 Bournemouth, Hants.
1911 Edmondsham, Dorset
1928 Southbourne, Hants.



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Edward Francis Linton was born in 1848 at Diddington, Hunts., the second youngest son of the Rev. Henry Linton, vicar of Diddington, and Charlotte née Richardson. From 1856 his father was rector of St. George-le-Bailey, Oxford and an honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. Edward studied at University College, Oxford, before being ordained and appointed to parishes in Preston, Manchester and Sprowston, eventually moving to the Bournemouth area around 1890.

He was an active member of the Botanical Exchange Club and, with his brother William, produced sets of willows, brambles and hawkweeds. He donated his herbarium to the British Museum (Natural History) but his specimens are also to be found in many other herbaria. (Kent & Allen 1984). A complete list of his publications is given in J. Bot. Lond. 1928.


1848 March 16: Birth ¹London Standard : 1848 March 17 -
 "BIRTHS. On the 16th inst., at Diddington, the wife of the Rev. Henry Linton, of a son."
1866 October: Oxford Matriculates as a member of University College, Oxford. Awarded B.A. in 1871 and M.A. in 1873.
1869: Chess ... Edward Francis Linton was one of the founder members of the Oxford University Chess Club and was its first treasurer. (The History of the Oxford University Chess Club, James Manders Walker, 1885)
1871: Preston Edward was appointed curate to his brother-in-law, Rev. W.M. Myres at St. Paul's, Preston, Lancs.
1875 September: Manchester Appointed Rector of St. George's, Manchester.
1876 August 15:
Marriage (1)
¹Preston Chronicle : 1876 August 19 -
 "MARRIAGES. On the 15th inst., at Christ Church, Fulwood, by the Rev. Cannon Linton, assisted by Rev. W. M. Myres, Edward Francis Linton, rector of St. George's-in-the-Fields, Manchester, to Emily Maria, youngest daughter of the late Rev. George Weight, vicar of St. George the Martyr, Wolverton, Bucks."
1878 November: Sprowston Appointed Vicar of Sprowston, Norwich.
1881 June 30:
Marriage (2)
¹The Bury and Norwich Post and Suffolk Herald: 1881 July 12 -
 "MARRIAGES - On 30th June, at St. Mary's Market Weston, by the Rev. Henry Linton, Honorary Canon of Christ Church, father of the bridegroom, assisted by the rev. J. D. Gray (jun.), Vicar of Nayland, and the Rev. W. B. Gray, Vicar of Kersey, brothers of the bride, the Rev. EDWARD FRANCES LINTON, vicar of Sprowston, Norfolk, to MARY SOPHIA, only surviving daughter of the Rev. John D. Gray, rector of Market Weston."
1891: Publication Notes on Dorset Plants. J. Bot. Lond. 29, 79 - 82 (Biodiversity Heritage Library) link
1900: Publication Flora of Bournemouth, including the Isle of Purbeck. Turnbull and Spears, Bournemouth.
1902 February: Edmondsham Rev. E. F. Linton appointed Rector of Edmonsham, Dorset.
1911: Publication The Hortons of Howroyde and some Allied Families. Horton, Linton & Richardson. 71pp, Cambridge.
1913: Publication A monograph of the British Willows. J. Bot. Lond., 51 suppl. London.
1915: Publication The fungi of East Dorset. J. Bot. Lond. 53, 313 - 321. (Biodiversity Heritage Library) link
1928 January 9: Death The Rev. Edward Francis Linton died at Southbourne, Hampshire. A brief obituary was printed in the Proceedings of the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 21, 105 - 106. (Biodiversity Heritage Library) link

1 Transcription reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive

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