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Online articles & background information

Ellen Hutchins – Wikipedia entry

Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815): Botanist and Artist – 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).

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

The Ellen Hutchins Festival 2018 Reporting

National Heritage Week 2018 Highlights Video

We made it into the heritage week highlights – skip to 0.53 to see our Letter Writing Living History Event.

West Cork People 

Follow in the Footsteps of Ellen Hutchins at this Years Festival – August 18

Ellen Hutchins Heritage Trail is a Celebration of Botany – June 18

Blog posts about Past Ellen Hutchins Festivals

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:

West Cork People 

Trinity Exhibition Honours West Cork Botanist – March 17

Sorting Seaweed on Whiddy – October 16 Report on the Seaweed Event for Ellen Hutchins Festival 2016 run by Susan Steele on Whiddy Island.

Bantry Historical Society Rewarded at National Heritage Awards – July 16

Celebrating Ellen Hutchins – Irelands First Female Botanist – August 15

Other Newspapers

The Grapevine wrote a summary of the 2016 Festival which included 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.

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, is free to search. This is a link to the search results of specimens collected by Ellen Hutchins and stored at the Steel Herbarium which includes Enterographa hutchinsiae and Polysiphonia fruticulosa

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 Festival venues, supporters and information

Heritage Week

Future Forests, Sea View House Hotel, Organico, Bantry Credit Union, Bantry Tourist Office, The Craft Shop Bantry, Bantry Bookshop, Forest and Flock, Bantry Historical Society, Bantry Library, Masters of Tradition, Bantry Bay Boat Hire, Garnish IslandArdnagashel and the Ellen Hutchins Arboretum, Bantry House, Bantry & EnvironsGlengarriff Woods Nature Reserve,Mannings Emporium BallylickeyGlengarriff Park Hotel,Whiddy Island.

Funders of the Ellen Hutchins Festival Events and Projects Past and Present

The Heritage Council

National Parks & Wildlife Service

FLAG South

Bantry Historical Society

Cork County Council

University College Cork Library

Bantry Credit Union

The Herbarium, Botany Department, Trinity CollegeDublin

Cork Port Authority