William Saunders was born in Little London, Wendover, Buckinghamshire on June 4th, 1809. He worked as an underwriter at Lloyds of London.
He was a keen entomologist (as well as a botanist); and was twice President of the Entomological Society [1841-1842 and 1856-1857].
His botanical contributions included editing the “Refugium Botanicum” 1868-73 ( which includes figures / descriptions of little known or new plants)
and also Mycological Illustrations, 1871-2. The latter can be accessed at archive.org (click here ).
A species of Potentilla was named after him.
He died in September 1879 at Worthing, Sussex.
Some of his sheets / collections may be seen at H@H