Clarke, William Eagle, 1853-1938

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William Eagle Clarke was born on 16 March 1853 in Leeds. He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Yorkshire College. Between 1906 and 1921, he served as keeper of the Natural History Department at the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, where he was honorary supervisor of the bird collection. From 1917 until 1920, he was president of the British Ornithologists' Union, and was a member of several committees for the protection of birds, including the Departmental Committee of the Home Office which reported on the Wild Birds Protection Acts. He published reports on birds of the Jackson-Harmsworth Arctic Expedition, 1894-1897 (leader Frederick Jackson) and the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 (leader William Speirs Bruce). He died on 10 May 1938.

From the guide to the William Eagle Clarke collection, 1911, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)

Epithet: naturalist

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001476.0x000224

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referencedIn Vol. V, ff. 291, A-E.includes:f. 1 Andrew Leith Adams, FRS: Letter to [ ?T. R. Jones]: 1864. f. 3 William Grylls Adams, Professor of Natural Philosophy, King's College, London: Letter to [?T. R. Jones]: 1875. ff. 5, 7 Jacob Georg Agardh, Swedish natu... British Library
creatorOf Ticehurst, Claud Buchanan, 1881-1941. [A large collection of papers, correspondence, diaries, etc.]. Natural History Museum
referencedIn Aubyn Trevor-Battye collection, 1894-1898 Scott Polar Research Institute
creatorOf Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924. Papers of Frances Hodgson Burnett [manuscript], 1880-1908, and n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn William Eagle Clarke collection, 1911 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Vol. XXIV (ff. 310). 1895-1908.includes:ff. 1-305 passim William Botting Hemsley, botanist: Correspondence with A. R. Wallace: 1886-1908.: Partly copies.ff. 2, 8, 27, 167 Conwy Lloyd Morgan, FRS; Principal of University College, Bristol: Letters ..., 1895-1908 British Library
creatorOf Stoddard, William Osborn, 1835-1925. Letters of William O. Stoddard, 1862, 1896, 1915. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Stockton, Frank Richard, 1834-1902. Papers of Frank Richard Stockton [manuscript], 1874-1900. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers relating to Sir Norman Boyd Kinnear (1882-1957), 1900-1945 Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf William Eagle Clarke collection, 1911 Scott Polar Research Institute
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associatedWith Aubyn Bernard Rochfort Trevor-Battye person
associatedWith Bruce William Speirs 1867-1921 person
associatedWith Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924. person
associatedWith Royal Scottish Museum corporateBody
associatedWith Stockton, Frank Richard, 1834-1902. person
associatedWith Stoddard, William Osborn, 1835-1925. person
associatedWith Ticehurst, Claud Buchanan, 1881-1941. person
associatedWith William Eagle Clarke person
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Birth 1853

Death 1938



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SNAC ID: 53487196