Biographical dictionary

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BARNES, Albert John fl.1894-1932

Lived at 3 Islip Street, Kentish Town, London from at least 1894 until 1905; 18 Raveley St, St. Pancras from 1908-12; at an unknown address at Crouch End from 1912-16, and finally from 1916-32 at 1 Ashley Street, Shrewsbury, where he became the County Recorder for Coleoptera for Shropshire and amassed a considerable collection (c.4,000 specimens at least), and added numerous species to that county’s list. The bulk of this collection is now with the North Hertfordshire Museums Service. Published notes in Transactions Cavadoc and Severn Valley Field Club, especially the Supplement: Record of Bare Facts. This material is now incorporated with the collection of D.G. Hall at Baldock. (Information from Trevor James) (MD 9/01)

BARNES, Maurice Drummond d. 1945

A collection of beetles in sixty drawers, by Barnes and E.W. Aubrook consisting of some 3,000 specimens is in the Tolson Memorial Museum, Huddersfield. The Barnes specimens are accompanied by a manuscript notebook. I have also seen specimens collected by Barnes in  Doncaster Museum and in the Kauffmann Cerambycidae collection at Manchester. (MD 6/18)


Published 'The occurrence of Helops caeruleus (L.) in the Cathedral Close, Norwich' in Ent.mon.Mag., 89, 1953, 131, when she worked at Castle Museum, Norwich. (MD 8/17)



Hancock & Pettitt (1981) list a F.H. Baron as follows: 'Coleoptera + Lepidoptera. Ceylon. Information from list at Monkswood (I.T.E.). Kendal. NW 1223'. (MD 9/01)


Published 'New records of Coleoptera from Offaly (Kings County)' in Ent.mon.Mag., 78, 1942, 42-43 when a student at Tullabeg College, Tullamore, Kings Co. Ireland. Most of his specimens were identified by E. O'Mahoney who also verified his new county records. (MD 9/01)

BARRETT, Dorothy Heeneman Physiologist who also worked on Coleoptera. FRES from 1970 (MD 3/03)

Published two notes in Ent.mon.Mag., 59, 1923, 91: 'Agabus brunneus Fab. in Dorset' and 'Notonecta Lalophila Edw. in Cambridgeshire', and ‘Some notes on the aquatic Coleoptera of Somerset', ibid, 63, 1927,174-180. (MD 9/01)

BARRON, Charles

Listed in Ent. Ann. 1860, 3 as interested in British Coleoptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera. He was attached to the Museum of the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, Gosport. Chalmers-Hunt (1976) records that a collection of birds and mammals made by him were sold by Stevens on 12 June 1895. (MD 9/01)


Arrow, J.G., Rutelinae, Desmonycinae, Euchirinae, FBI, 1917, records that he collected Rutelinae at Kasauli in the Punjab. (MD 9/01)

BARROW, W. Hubert

A Leicester based taxidermist and dealer. Should not be confused with William H. Barrow the Leicestershire Coleopterist (see below). Listed in Hancock & Pettitt (1979) as a dealer. Several hundred insects collected by him in 1960, mainly from Europe but especially from Hyeres, in France, are in Liverpool Museum. Manuscript material relating to this collection was promised but never sent. (MD 9/01, 11/09)