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Bromfield, William Arnold (1801-1851) Botanist

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Surname: Bromfield
Forenames: William Arnold
Gender: Male
Date: 1801-1851
History: William Arnold Bromfield was born in the New Forest on 4 July 1801. Aged 20 he entered Glasgow University studying medicine. Upon his father's death, Bromfield gained an inheritance that would fund his subsequent botanic research and travel, which lead to him not pursuing a career in medicine. After graduating in 1826 he travelled on the continent in France, Germany and Italy before returning and setting up home with his sister. The pair finally settled in Ryde, Isle of Wight, in 1836. He continued to travel widely, visiting Ireland in 1842, the West Indies in 1844 and North America in 1846. Finally in 1850 Bromfield journeyed East, to Egypt and Syria. Letters written to his sister from this period were posthumously published, following Bromfield's death from typhus in Damascus on 9 October 1851.
Biography: ODNB link for Bromfield, William Arnold (1801-1851) Botanist
References: DNB; NCA Rules
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/P276152 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/P142122 )
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1810-1851: Papers of botanist, Dr William Arnold Bromfield
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library and Archives
1826-51: corresp and papers
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library and Archives
NRA 25004

See Bridson, Natural history MS resources 1980
1836-50: letters (45) to Sir William Hooker
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library and Archives

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