Hambrough, Albert John (1820 – 61)

Albert John Hambrough was born 19th November, 1820 near Christchurch, Hampshire. He was educated at The Queen’s College, Oxford – matriculated in 1838. He had a brother Windsor Edmund Hambrough (educated Christ Church, Oxford),  and another Oscar William Hambrough.

His father was John Hambrough and his mother was Sophia (? e) Townsend Hambrough – she was a daughter of Gore Townsend (who was grandfather to Frederick Townsend – author of The Flora of Hampshire) and Elizabeth Windsor . His father and mother died in February, 1863 – within days of each other.  They lived at Steephill Castle, IOW ; this was famous for its walks and views.  Details of Steephill Castle and grounds can be found here.  It no longer exists.

Albert John Hambrough married Charlotte Jane Fleming in 1845 (on the Isle of Wight). In 1851, he is recorded (on the census returns) as living in Ryde, IOW at Althorpe House, Spencer Road.  On the 1861 census, he is described as a Magistrate and ‘Captain of Industry’.

He died in June of that year, at 14 Prince’s Terrace, Hyde Park, London.  The Journal of the Linnean Society noted that “had been but a few years a Fellow of this Society, having been elected only in February 1856. His usual residence was Steephill Castle, in the Isle of Wight, and he was well known as a zealous cultivator of the island flora”.  

He contributed to the Flora Vectensis, and also helped with locality details for A.G. More’s “A Supplement to the Flora Vectensis” (1871). His herbarium was acquired by Charlotte Ellen Palmer.

Some of his specimens / sheets can be seen at H@H – click here to see a list.  See also the Bromfield herbarium and the online searchable database

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