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.