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STEVENS, Samuel 11 August 1817 – 29 August 1899 Brother of Samuel Crace Stevens who founded the King Street auctioneering firm and who he joined in partnership after failing to become an artist. In 1848, however, he retired to set up the Natural History Agency which subsequently became the means by which many big collections were distributed including those of Bates and Wallace. After his brother died Stevens returned to the auction house for a while to assist his nephews to learn the business. He spent the last years of his life at his house in Upper Norwood working on horticulture and collecting water-colours, as well as continuing work on his insects. Stevens’s entomological interests were primarily those of a collector rather than a scientist although he did publish a series of short notes in various entomological periodicals from 1840 until 1896. The majority were on Lepidoptera,of which his collection was the one of the finest of his generation and caused a great stir when it was sold at auction because of the high prices fetched, but some fifteen were devoted to Coleoptera. His beetle collection was purchased after his death by Philip Mason and is now housed at Bolton. Stevens was one of the original Fellows of the ESL being elected on 6 November 1837, (Treasurer 1853-73, Vice President 1885) There is a letter to R. McLachlan dated 9 September 1871 in the RESL (Pedersen (2002) p.96). FLS from 1850. There are obituaries in EMM., 35, 1899, pp.238-239; Ent., 32, 1899, 264 ; ERJV., 11, 1899, p.308; and Proc.ESL.1899, pp.xxxv-xxxvii. (MD 11/04)
STEVENSON, W.S. There is a box of Coleoptera sent to Hope by Stevenson in 1835 in the HDO (Smith(1986) p.152). (MD 11/04)

Adam Parker tells me that Dr Barry Stewart was a friend and correspondent of Michael Perkins whose collection he eventually donated to the Yorkshire Museum. Several of the boxes of beetles are attributable to Stewart. (MD 12/21)

STEWART, C There is a ms on Coleoptera in the HDO labelled by Westwood Stewart’s Manuscript 1802. (Smith (1986) p.88). (MD 11/04)
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)