Online articles & background information
Ellen Hutchins – Wikipedia entry
Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) – Ireland’s first female botanist. Charlotte Salter-Townshend, Women’s Museum of Ireland (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, www.OrnaVerum.org (undated).
Bantry Bay’s First Lady of Botany. John Ackeroyd, Sherkin Comment 50 p13 (2010)
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
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)
Ellen Hutchins, botanist by Sean Moffatt. Broadcast 16th August 2015 on Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio One.
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.
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.).
Ellen Hutchins 200 festival venues & information
Funders of the Ellen Hutchins 200 events