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BARTINDALE, Guy Cecil and G.W.R. GWR 1883-1955 Father and son. Lived at 16 Lostock Avenue, Poynton, Cheshire and before that at 156 Cumberland Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire. They are best known for their joint article 'The Coleoptera of the Macclesfield District' in EMM., 84, 1948, pp.130-138. In this they recorded that they had started collecting beetles in the neighbourhood of Macclesfield in about 1932 and by 1948 had taken over 950 species. Most of their determinations were made by H. Britten (but see below). A supplement to the list was published in EMM., 86, 1950, pp.121-3, and in the same volume G.W.R. published 'Feronia angustata (Duft) in Lancashire and Cheshire’ (p.315). G.W.R.Bartindale is recorded as D.PhiL. I have seen specimens collected by G.W.R.Bartindale in 1934 in the Doncaster Museum. Duff (1993), p.5 records that Bartindale ‘visited coastal west Somerset in August-September 1935 and again in May 1946. He sent one list to Taunton Museum (which I have not traced) and in January 1951 a different list to W.A.Wilson, held in the Wilson archives at Taunton. According to a letter from G.C.Bartindale to W.A.Wilson, in this archive the son was responsible for all their identifications. followed on 22 March by a page of amendments’. Johnson (2004) p.6 records that Bartindale’s collection amounting to c. 1,000 specimens was acquired by Manchester Museum in 2002 incorporated into that of his son Guy William (see below). (MD 9/01,10/03, 11/09)
BARROW, William H. c.1857 – after Aug 1945 A doctor and teacher of music who lived in Leicestershire. Lott (2009) p.27 notes that he first appears in the reports of the entomology section of the Leicestershire Literary and Philosophical Society in 1902 when he ‘gave a fine exhibition of microscope slides illustrating various points in the anatomy of the order Coleoptera’ and remained active in the county until 1945. He was acquainted with the father of W.Hunt, a Barnstable Coleopterist who was also a music teacher, and with S.O.Taylor, the Leicester Coleopterist and organ builder. On Barrow’s collection see TAYLOR, S.O. (MD 11/09)
BARROW, W. Hubert A Leicester based taxidermist and dealerShould 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)
BARROW, H.J. Arrow,J.G., Rutelinae, Desmonycinae, Euchirinae, FBI, 1917, records that he collected Rutelinae at Kasauli in the Punjab. (MD 9/01)
BARRON, Charles Listed in the Ent. Ann. 1860, p.3 as interested in British Coleoptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera. He was attached to the Museum of the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, Gosport. Chalmers-Hunt, J.M., (1976) records that a collection of birds and mammals made by him were sold by Stevens on 12 June 1895. (MD 9/01)
BARRINGTON, Miss J. Published two notes in EMM., 59, 1923, p.91: 'Agabus brunneus Fab. in Dorset' and 'Notonecta Lalophila Edw. in Cambridgeshire', and ‘Some notes on the aquatic Coleoptera of Somerset', ibid., 63, 1927, pp.174-180. (MD 9/01)
BARRETT, Dorothy Heeneman Physiologist who also worked on Coleoptera. FRES from 1970 (MD 3/03)
BARRETT, Cyril J. Published 'New records of Coleoptera from Offaly (Kings County)' in EMM., 78, 1942, pp.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)
BARON, F.H Hancock, E.G. and Pettitt,C.W. (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 'The occurrence of Helops caeruleus (L.) in the Cathedral Close, Norwich' in EMM., 89, 1953, 131, when she worked at Castle Museum, Norwich. (MD 8/17)