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 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:-
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
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.