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There are beetles collected by Basden in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. He worked at the Pest Infestation Laboratory, Slough. (MD 8/17)

BASDEN, E.B. There are beetles collected by Basden in the RSM. He worked at the Plant Infestation Laboratory, Slough. (MD 9/01)
BARTUP, J. K.C.Lewis tells me that there are specimens collected by Bartup in his collection. (MD12/06)
BARTON, Stephen d. 17 November 1898 Died at the age of 78. In 1852 Barton visited Australia where he resided for two or three years and made extensive collections of Coleoptera including many which were new to science. Some of these were described by his friend Henry Walter Bates. He also collected at the Cape and other places en route. He hoped at one time to join Bates in South America but when this fell through he settled down to business in Bristol where he is recorded in Ent. Annual in 1860 at Quay Head Street. His interests in Coleoptera continued and he is recorded to have built up very extensive collections of foreign and British specimens. For over thirty years he was President of the Entomological Section of the Bristol Naturalists' Society, and he long acted as Honorary Curator to the Entomological Department of the Bristol Museum, making various important contributions to the collections. His own collections were sold by Stevens on 27-28 March 1899.FES 1865. There are obituaries in Proc.ESL., 1898, iiv (by IR. Trimin) and in EMM., 35, 1899, p.16 (by A.E.Hudd). (MD 9/01)
BARTON, Lewis F. Published a number of notes on interesting captures of beetles in EMM. including 'Coleoptera in Surrey and Hampshire’ (43, 1907, p.253); 'Coleoptera at Newcastle, etc., in 1909' (46, 1910, pp.189-190); 'A new locality for Aulonium trisulcum Geoff.' (71, 1935, p.226) and three notes on 'Crioceris lilii Scop. in Chobham; Surrey'(76, 1940, p.236; 77, 1941, pp.278; and 79, 1943, pp.18,19). This is presumably the E.S.Barton listed by Smith A.Z. (1986) as giving 31 specimens of Criocerus lilii from Chobham illustrating its life history to the HDO in 1942. Barton is first recorded at The Retreat, Guildford Road, Woking, Surrey and later at Pepperstitch, Bagshot Road, Chobham, Surrey. (MD 9/01)
BARTON, C.S. Arrow, J.G., Rutelinae, Desmonycinae, Euchirinae, FBI, 1917, p.222 records that he collected Rutelinae in Burma. (MD 9/01)
BARTLETT, J.P. Listed by Lott (2009) p.10 as a collector in Leicestershire in 1848 (MD 11/09)
BARTLETT, H.F.D. d. 1940 Lived for many years on the Isle of St. Helena where he worked on the beetle fauna. He considered that the beetle population had declined since the publication of Woollaston's work (1877) largely owing to the disappearance before cultivation of much of the native forest. FES 1907. There is a short obituary in Proc.RESL., 5, 1940-41, p.40. (MD 9/01)

Published 'Acanthocinus aedilis L. in N. Devon' and 'A note on Coleoptera in drift pine logs' in EMM., 54, 1918, pp.137-8 and 57, 1921, p.15 respectively. Bartlett gives his address as Morwenstow, Woodhill, Portishead, Somerset. In 1906 the Naturalist’s Directory records him living at Westbury on Trymm, Bristol. He also published notes on the Lepidoptera. Atty (1983, iii-iv) records that Bartlett was a contributor to V.R.Perkins' Gloucestershire list and that he flourished as a Coleopterist c.1895-1900 (MD 9/01, 2/08, 8/17)

BARTINDALE, Guy William Roberts 30 April 1917 - 25 January 2002 Born at Chester, the son of Guy Cecil Bartindale (see above) and lived in Macclesfield opposite the school where his father taught. Went up to Balliol College Oxford (his father’s old College) where he read chemistry graduating with a BA in 1939. After a spell of work, and at Leeds University as a research chemist, he returned to Oxford for a D.Phil. awarded in 1949. Moved to Manchester University in 1948 as Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, in Physical Chemistry at the College of Technology (UMIST) where he remained until retirement in 1982. He married Mary Elizabeth Broomhead of Macclesfield in 1959. In his obituary of Bartindale in EMM, 139, 2003, pp.187-189, Colin Johnson states that he ‘started collecting beetles with great enthusiasm at the age of 15 and much of his early collecting around Macclesfield was done with the aid of a bicycle... public transport, especially the railways [took him] to Wales and South West England, although Scotland and abroad seem not to have been visited.’ He continued collecting whilst at Oxford and joined the Manchester Entomological Society in October 1934 where he was a regular exhibitor at meetings and gave papers to the Society some of which were published. He also met and exchanged specimens with George Kloet and Ted Aubrook. In this respect his interest pre-dated that of his father who did not join until 1936. Another acquaintance of Bartindale’s was Johnson himself. They first met at the Society meetings in the late 1950s and, when Johnson joined the Manchester Museum in 1961 ‘He often came in to talk about beetles and, as the years went by, I was able to help him myself increasingly with identifications of the more difficult groups... He was an outstanding field collector, who had an incredible knowledge of British beetles... aided by a meticulously maintained card index...’ Bartindale published 5 articles, 3 with his father as the senior author, and 2 by himself: 'Feronia angustata (Duft) in Lancashire and Cheshire' in EMM, 86, 1950 p. 315, and ‘On occurrences of Acrulia inflata Gyll. in the North Midlands’, ibid., 98, 1962, p.3. Duff (1993) p.5 records that Bartindale 'visited Somerset with his father... in 1935. According to a letter from G.C. Bartindale to W.A. Wilson dated 14 January 1951, held in the Wilson archives at Taunton County Museum, the son was responsible for all of their identifications.' Johnson (2004) pp. 6-7 records that his collection amounting to 20,000 specimens in 29 storeboxes and including that of his father, together with extensive notebooks, card indices of records and correspondence, was acquired by Manchester Museum in 2002. The insects were affected by corroded pins, dust and mould before accession and included a paratype of Adota immigrans (Easton). In his obituary Johnson notes that the collection includes much exchanged material, especially from friends and collectors during his earlier days, including J.J.Walker. Specimens are mostly pre-war, dating back to 1932, but there are a few collected during the early 1980s at Cheadle Hulme and in North Wales. A number of boxes of duplicates and other material are also present. [move to bottom]I have also seen specimens collected by Bartindale in 1934 in the Doncaster Museum, and Pedersen (2002) p.84 lists a letter to D.J.Jackson in the RES. The obituary mentioned above includes a full bibliography and portrait. (MD 9/01, 10/03, 11/09)