Montgomrey, Archibald Sim (1843 – 1922)

Montgomrey was born in 1843 in Brentford, the son of a wholesale timber merchant. He is described as a timber merchant in most of the census returns, but one also indicates that he was a JP (as does his entry in the Cotteswold Naturalists’ Club’s Proceedings).   He and the family seemed to have moved around the country between 1840 – 1890 (Ealing, Hillingdon Heath, Heston, Brighton & Isleworth. He married Olivia Maria Coward in 1870.  Archibald was left the Brentford premises when his mother died in the early 1900’s.  Sim was his mother’s maiden name. There is a Montgomrey’s Wharf in Brentford.

In 1912, his address (as given in the Proceedings of the Club) was Montpellier Grove, Cheltenham.   He was a member of the Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club,

and there are references to him in the Journal of Botany – see
see http://herbariaunited.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5507 .


He died 12th April, 1922 at Hilperton Rectory, Trowbrdge (where his nephew (?) P C West, was living).  His herbarium, bequeathed to his sister, was subsequently acquired by J W Haines.  A number of his sheets have recently been added to the H@H database.

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