Links & Resources

This page is being worked on and new information will be loaded on 7th March and more on 17th March. There will also be a specific site for Schools information with material for primary and secondary school students, online on 7th March.

Online articles & background information

Ellen Hutchins – Wikipedia entry   – Paper by John Lucey and Madeline Hutchins on the provenance and background of Alicia Hutchins’ Memoir. (2016)

Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) – Ireland’s first female botanist. Charlotte Salter-Townshend, Women’s Museum of Ireland (2015).

Ellen Hutchins- Ireland’s First Female Botanist. Sarah Dutton (Project coordinator in the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium), The New York Botanical Garden’s Talk Science Blog (2015).

Ellen Hutchins: A Biographical Sketch. W.H.Pearson, The Bryologist 21:5 (1918)

Hutchins, Ellen (1785-1815) – botanist. Ann Secord in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). Dictionary entry reproduced here.

Miss Ellen Hutchins and the Garden at Ardnagashel, Bantry, Co. Cork. John Bevan (1981). Includes some family history and a map of the arboretum with tree/shrub lists.

The Hutchins family and Ardnagashel. Robert Erskine Waddell, (undated).

Bantry Bay’s First Lady of Botany. John Ackeroyd, Sherkin Comment 50 p13 (2010)

Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815)  a paper by Mark Lawley (British Bryological Society).

Irish Scientists: Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) Anon (undated).

National Committee for Science & Engineering Commemorative Plaques. A NCSEC plaque commemorating Ellen’s achievements as a scientist is being erected at Ellen’s burial place in Garryvurcha graveyard, Bantry.

Coverage of the 2016 Ellen Hutchins Festival

West Cork People on the Seaweed Event run by Susan Steele on Whiddy Island.

The Grapevine with a summary of the Festival including coverage of the Lichen Foray with Howard Fox and Maria Cullen.

with relatives of Ellen’s at the Bantry Credit Union, and support for the annual Festival from Eileen O’Shea of the Bantry Development and Tourism Association.

Blog posts about the Ellen Hutchins Festival 2015

In the Footsteps of Ellen Hutchins Botanical Sketches & Other Stories, Shevaun Doherty, September 2015

Ellen Hutchins: The Short and Remarkable Life of Ireland’s First Female Botanist Finola Finlay, Roaringwater Journal, September 2015

Ellen Hutchins  John Crellin, Floral Images Brecon, September 2015

Newspaper articles

Ellen Hutchins a scientific maverick. Denise Hall, Irish Examiner (2015)

Ballylickey’s famous botanist was among world’s finest plant experts. Robert Hume, Southern Star (2015)

The Cork scientists who were snubbed by sexism. Robert Hume, Irish Examiner (2014)

Radio pieces

Ellen Hutchins, botanist by Sean Moffatt. Broadcast 16th August 2015 on Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio One.

Online herbaria

The New York Botanical Garden’s Virtual Herbarium which includes some of Ellen’s specimens e.g. Enterographa hutchinsiae

The Smith Herbarium: Images of the specimens from the Herbarium of Sir James Edward Smith (1759-1828) held at the Linnean Society of London which include some of Ellen’s specimens e.g. Jungermannia trichophylla.

Drawings of Fungi (dated 1839) by Ellen Hutchins’ third cousin Thomas Taylor of Dunkerron, Kenmare, Co Kerry. Held in the Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, Mass.

Academic institutions & other organisations

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Glasnevin.  publishers of Early observations on the flora of Southwest Ireland: Selected letters of Ellen Hutchins and Dawson Turner 1807-1814. Mitchell, M. E. (1999). Scanned versions of books mentioning Ellen are also available online on their website e.g. Flora Hibernica (Mackay, J.T. 1836). The section on hepatics is particularly relevant:

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – Library, Art & Archives. Most of Ellen’s original drawings of seaweeds are held at Kew, and many of her specimens were here before their move to the Natural History Museum. Kew also holds letters to Ellen from botanists Dawson Turner and James Mackay of Trinity College Dublin, and one letter from Ellen to William Hooker (later Director of Kew).

Natural History Museum, London. The majority of Ellen’s specimens are in the herbarium here, including at least seventeen Type Specimens. They were moved from Kew in a reorganisation of herbaria in the 1970s.

The Herbarium, Trinity College Dublin. Some of Ellen’s  specimens are in TCD’s herbarium, indeed the oldest algae specimens (1805-1810) in the herbarium are Ellen’s. (Webb, 1992). Letters from Ellen to James Mackay are also held in TCD’s herbarium correspondence.

Trinity College Cambridge, Wren Library. Ellen’s seventy letters to Dawson Turner are here, in bound volumes beside letters from all the leading botanists of her day, in this splendid building.

Sheffield City Museum. Several of Ellen drawings from 1809-1810 are in the museum’s archives.

Women in Technology and Science (WITS). Stars, Shells, and Bluebells : Women Scientists and Pioneers, a book published by WITS in 1997, includes a chapter about Ellen ‘The Young Lady of the Lichens’ (Chesney, H.C.G.).

The Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland

The Irish Society of Botanical Artists

Ellen Hutchins 200 festival venues & information

Ellen Hutchins 200 Festival

Heritage Week

Ardnagashel and the Ellen Hutchins Arboretum

Bantry House

Bantry & environs

Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve

Mannings Emporium, Ballylickey

Park Hotel, Glengarriff

Whiddy Island

Funders of the Ellen Hutchins 200 events

The Heritage Council

National Parks & Wildlife Service

Cork County Council

Cork Port Authority