Biographical dictionary

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Namesort descending Dates Biography
TAILBY, Trevor William 9 March 1915 – 9 February 1968 Mentioned by Lott (2009) p.28 as a teacher living in Church Langton, formerly Knibworth, in Leicestershire, who had wide ranging interests in natural history including beetles. He incorporated large numbers of museum specimens into his own collection, a practice which Lott believes would have been done with the agreement of the curators at the time. The collection is now in the Leicester Museum (Acc. no. Z245.1968) and is accompanied by his collection notebook. (MD 11/09)
TATUM, T. Published ‘On two new species of Carabus from Asia’ and ‘Descriptions of new species of Coleopterous insects’ in Ann.Mag.Nat.Hist., 20, 1847, pp.14-15 and (2) 8, 1851, pp.49-51. His collection is in the NHM presented by J.C.Bowring (BM 1863-47). It is accompanied by a ms notebook: Catalogue of the Geodephaga Cabinets 1 & 2. FESL 1841-1858 (Council 1846). (MD 12/04)
TAYLOR, A.D. Published ‘Our British Beetles’ in Rep. Proc.Croydon Microscopical Club, 5, 1874, pp.36-39. (MD 12/04)
TAYLOR, A.P. Published ‘Early appearance of the Cockchaffer’ in Nat.Lond., 2, 1876, p.153. (MD 12/04)
TAYLOR, Arthur B. At one time an Assistant Curator in the Belle Vue Museum, Halifax, Yorkshire with a particular interest in Coleoptera. By 1955 he was living in Welwyn Garden City as an artist by profession, and was looking for entomological subjects. FRESL from 1949. (MD 12/04)
TAYLOR, C.B. Gave 202 insects ‘of many orders’ from Jamaica to the HDO in 1902 (Smith (1986) p.153). FESL 1893-1916. (MD 12/04)
TAYLOR, George William 1851 – 22 August 1912 A reverend who was born in Derby but lived for much of his life in Canada where he worked on the entomology of Vancouver Island. His publications included ‘Notes on seventy six species of Cicindelidae and Carabidae collected near Victoria, Vancouver Island’ (Canad. Ent., 18, 1886, pp. 34-37). FESL 1892-1906. (MD 12/04)
TAYLOR, James Published ‘Carabus nitens [captured in Scotland]’ in Scott. Nat., 3, 1875, p.104. (MD 12/04)
TAYLOR, John d. c.1920 Johnson (2004) records a collection at Manchester of 2,440 specimens collected by Taylor which was accessioned in 1958. It includes Ptiliidae, Staphylinidae, Pselaphidae and Scydmaenidae and incorporates material from R.W.Lloyd. There are also Coleoptera bearing this name in the general collection at Birmingham Museum (numbered 2.2.61). There is an obituary of a John Taylor in ERJV., 32, 1920, p.194, but I am not sure if this is the same person. (MD 12/04)
TAYLOR, John Kidson c.1839 – 16 April 1922 Lived in Manchester, later moving to Buxton. He published the first of 21 notes and articles, ‘Coleoptera at Barmouth etc.’, in EMM.,4, 1869, p.210. Later articles included the capture of Cryptocephalus querceti at Sherwood, Otiorrhynchus morio at Lochinver and Meloe brevicollis in Miller’s Dale. There is an obituary by R.Standen in Lancashire and Cheshire Naturalist, 15(1), Aug-Sep.1922, pp.34-36, which I have not seen. His obituary in EMM., 59, 1923, p.21 contains little information except that he was keen on both Conchology and Ornithology as well as beetles. He is mentioned in the Gorham diary at Birmingham. The EMM obituary cited above states that his ‘first collection’ was acquired by J. Sidebotham and his second was bequeathed to the Manchester Museum, and this is confirmed by Johnson (2004) who states that it includes 16,000 specimens. Hancock and Pettit (1981) mention that it was acquired via R.Standen and that it was originally housed in 90 small storeboxes and was ‘distinctively’ mounted with colour codes for localities. A collection of his books is also at Manchester and includes several marked up catalogues of the British fauna as follows: Beare and Donisthorpe (1904), inscribed ‘Record of Coleoptera captured at Sherwood Forest from 1903 by myself’; two further copies inscribed ‘Home List’, and a fourth inscribed ‘Desiderata’ (marked up both with what he had and what he wanted); Sharp and Fowler (1893) showing what he had; and 7 copies of Bennett (1893), one listing Sherwood captures since 1903, and one, previously the property of James H.Keys, titled ‘Desiderata’. A further 5 ms volumes record the names and addresses of Coleopterists who sent species to him with numbers and dates starting from 1 on 12 April 1902. (MD 12/04)