Biographical dictionary

The Biographical Dictionary of British Coleopterists is compiled and maintained by Michael Darby. The Dictionary can be accessed below, and see also the additional information provide by Michael:

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Namesort descending Dates Biography
STEWART, J.P. Gave 222 insects including Coleoptera from Penang to the RSM in 1863. (MD 11/04)
STEWART, John Exhibited two cases of beetles at the 5th annual conversazione of the Alloa Society of Natural Science and Archaeology on 3 December 1868 (Proc., 5, 1866-68). (MD 11/04)
STOCKLEY, George Published ‘Notice of the species of Carabus occurring around London’ in Morris Naturalist, 5, 1855, pp.253-54. (MD 11/04)
STOKES, H.G. Beetles collected by Stokes are in the Kaufmann Cerambycid collection at Manchester. (MD 11/04)
STONE ‘Mr Stone’s cabinet’ is mentioned by Stephens (1828), I, pp.23, 182, and 2, p. 44. He would have been rather young but could this be Stephen Stone (1810-1866) of which Newman wrote an obituary in Ent., 3, 1866, pp.154-56 which I have not seen? (MD 11/04)
STOTT, Charles Ernest 18 September 1868 - 28 May 1935 Born in Manchester, the youngest son of James Stott of Basford Hall, Stoke on Trent. Began his business career there but transferred to London as Continental traffic manager of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company and the Goole Steamship Company. Lived in Reigate until his retirement in 1927. Stott was interested in entomology from boyhood, first as Lepidopterist and then as a Coleopterist. Member of the North Staffordshire Field Club and contributed records to Sharp (1908) who notices that he lived at Swinton, near Manchester and was formerly resident at Bolton le Moors. He published a number of notes in EMM, his best known discovery being of Cryptocephalus decemmaculatus at Chartley Moss after a lapse of nearly sixty years. Another interesting note concerned the occurrence of the New Zealand Lathriidid Lithostygnus serripennis at his home in Reigate in 1928, at that time known only from the type in the NHM. He moved back north in later life (Armitage in Staffordshire) Stott’s collection amounting to 21,000 specimens is now in the City Museum, Stoke-on-Trent. Other specimens collected by him are at Warrington (Hancock and Pettit (1981); the B.S.Williams collection at Liverpool includes insects labelled CES (eg. Callidium violaceum, Box Hill, June 1926) which is presumably Stott; there are specimens collected by him in the D.G.Hall collection at the North Hertfordshire Museum (Information from Trevor James) and in Colin Johnson’s weevil collection at Manchester. FESL from 1915. There is an obituary in EMM., 71, 1935, pp.212-13, and I have a reference to him in Trans.N.Staffs.Field Club, 70, 1935-36, which I have not seen. (MD 11/04)
STRACHAN, H. In 1900 the HDO acquired 212 insects of many orders collected by Strachan in Lagos , chiefly the Ogun River Basin. (Smith(1986) p.153). (MD 11/04)
STRACHAN, Miss There is a specimen of Drypta dentata from Salisbury in the Waterhouse collection at RSM bearing this name. (MD 11/04)
STRACHAN, S.L. The HDO acquired in 1839 some boxes of insects, chiefly Coleoptera, from Sierra Leone from Strachan. Some of the specimens were preserved in gin. (Smith (1986) p.153). (MD 11/04)
SUTTON, G.R. Glasgow Museum acquired two boxes of British beetles, including insects collected by Sutton, at the sale of the National Butterfly Museum on 27 October 1983, lots 922-923. Specimens with labels give Hertfordshire and Essex localities and are dated 1931-32. One box contained Dytiscus, Carabus, etc. and the other Lucanus, Prionus, etc.. Some of the specimens bear the name D.Wright and Sussex localities in 1972. Sutton was a member of the SLENHS (Information from Geoff Hancock). (MD 11/04)