Ibbotson, Henry (1814-1886)

Henry Ibbotson was born at Ganthorpe , near Castle Howard, Yorkshire. He was the son of the gardener, John Ibbotson and his wife, Elizabeth. Richard Spruce (1817–1893) was his contemporary in Ganthorpe ; Spruce went on to become one of the great Victorian explorers in South America (see article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Spruce).

Spruce’s article entitled “Three days on the Yorkshire Moors” page 101 – available at www.archive.org

In 1851, the census records Ibbotson as living in Ganthorpe with his sister Elizabeth and mother (widowed), and he is described as a ‘botanist’. image:Gthorpe.jpg

In the 1861 census, Ibbotson is recorded as a gardener at Castle Howard Reformatory School (Welburn). He produced A Guide to Castle Howard.  Interestingly, some of Mudd’s specimens were collected from Castle Howard by Ibbotson:- image:Ibbotson4.jpg

He contributed to Henry Baines’ Flora of Yorkshire (1840) and to J. G. Baker’s works (who, after Thirsk, worked at Kew). He also prepared and published ‘Rarer plants near Castle Howard’ – The Phytologist 1844, p.557  at http://www.archive.org/stream/phytologistpopul4144luxf#page/100/mode/2up/search/ibbotson.


His main work was “A catalogue of the phaenogamous plants of Great Britain”, which came out in parts between 1846 to 1849”, see

http://www.archive.org/stream/catalogueofphaen00ibbo#page/n1/mode/2up .

His ‘last’ contribution was probably a booklet / pamphlet on “The ferns of York” in 1884. He sold specimen sets of the rarer plants of the northern counties. The 1881 and 1891 censuses record him variously as a botanist / gardener and lodger / boarder in York.


Images of labels above taken from the H@H project – with grateful thanks.

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