Henry Franklin Parsons was a civil servant and doctor (medical inspector). He trained at St Mary’s – see below (a snippet from The Lancet) :
He and his family lived at Whitworth Road, South Norwood and then Oakhyrst, 4 Park Hill Rise, Croydon. His father (Joshua) was also a doctor in Beckington, near Frome; and was still practising medicine well into his seventies.
Henry was the eldest of fourteen children; his brother Alfred was an artist / painter (landscapes and botanical works). Henry was a member of various learned societies, for example : the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society – as listed below
He was also an active member of the Microscopical Society
and the Croydon Microscopical and Natural History Club. He was a member of their meteorological committee and a vice-president of the Club circa 1905 ;have a look in the link below –
He was also interested in what are now termed phenological studies, which no doubt tied in with his meteorological recordings.
There is a note in Journal of Bryology, Vol 6 that he collected (bryological) specimens near Beckington, and that some of these specimens are held in the Oxford herbarium, and Fenscore indicates that other might be in the Devizes Museum.
He died 29th October, 1913.
Information and snippets obtained from uploads at www.archive.org