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PAMPLIN , WILLIAM ( 1806 - 1899 ), botanist ;

b. in Chelsea , 5 Aug. 1806 . In 1827 he published a list of the rare plants of Battersea and Chelsea . He wrote a great deal for the Magazine of Natural History and became editor of The Phytologist in 1855 ; he married Caroline Hunneman , the dau. of the owner of the journal. Frequent visits to north Wales deepened his affection for the area and after retiring in 1864 from his business as a publisher and bookseller he settled in Llandderfel, Mer. , where he built a house ( Pen-y-llan ) and lived for the rest of his life studying the botany and birds of the countryside . His wife d. in 1876 , and he m. Margaret Parry of Blaen-y-cwm , Bethel , Llandderfel , in 1878 . He d. 9 Sept. 1899 and was b. in Llandderfel .


  • Yr Haul , Nov. and Dec. 1939 ;
  • Journal of Botany (1830–57) , Dec. 1899 (where it is incorrectly stated that he was b. in Wandsworth);
  • Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society , 1 (1949) and 2 (1950) .
  • Some of his MSS. are in N.L.W. and others in the Univ. of Wales, Bangor.


Evan Roberts, M.B.E., (1877-1958), Llandderfel

Published date: 2001