The life and work of Margaret Gatty (1809–1873), with particular reference to her seaweed collections

Heleen Plaisier, Jenny A Bryant, Linda Irvine, Alistair McLean, Mel Jones, Mary Spencer Jones

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Margaret Gatty was a skilled seaweed collector. Her large worldwide collection currently housed at St Andrews University Herbarium and another significant collection (of both seaweeds and marine invertebrates) held at Museums Sheffield are evaluated for the first time. These collections have remained largely un-curated, but assessment and data capture of their holdings is currently under way. Mrs Gatty acquired great skill and expertise as a collector and student of seashore flora and fauna, so much so that a number of taxa were named after her. Her daughter, Horatia, followed her mother but specialised in marine invertebrates, amassing a large collection, the bulk of which is divided between Sheffield and the Natural History Museum, London. An appendix of taxa associated with Mrs Gatty is included.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-350
JournalArchives of Natural History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Mrs Alfred Gatty
  • seaweed collecting
  • zoophytes
  • nineteenth century
  • Gatty Marine Laboratory
  • Horatia Eden (ne´e Gatty)


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