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Buckland, Francis Trevelyan [Frank] (1826-1880)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0035
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Buckland, Francis Trevelyan [Frank] (1826-1880)
Date(s): 1826-1872
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 volumes
Name of creator(s): Buckland | Francis Trevelyan | 1826-1880 | pisciculturist and naturalist x Buckland | Frank


Administrative/Biographical history:

Francis Trevelyan Buckland was born in Oxford in 1826. He was the son of William Buckland the geologist, who was Canon of Christ Church. Buckland was educated at Winchester, Christ Church, and St Georges Hospital, London. He became house-surgeon at St Georges in 1852, as was assistant surgeon for the 2nd Life Guards from 1854-1863. During this period he discovered Hunter's coffin, just before the closing of the vaults at St Martins Church. He began to research zoology, and in 1856 he became a regular writer on natural history for the newly established Field, particularly on the subject of fish. In 1866 he started Land and Water on similar lines. In 1867 he was appointed Government Inspector of Fisheries. He died in 1880.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Francis Trevelyan Buckland, 1826-1872, comprising 2 commonplace books (1826-1860, 1860-1872) containing newspaper cuttings; letters, including some from Sir Benjamin Brodie, Richard Owen and John Quekett; photographs; and miscellaneous items collected by Buckland. Also including a volume titled Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Physiological Series of Comparative Anatomy contained in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons in London: Vol. 1 (1852) presented to Buckland in 1864 by the Council in recognition of his work in identifying the coffin of John Hunter, so that it could be reinterred in Westminster Abbey. Inserted in the volume are letters and other information relating to this event, including rubbings of John Hunter's coffin plate.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Access to bona fide researcher by written appointment with the Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is not permitted due to the fragility of the scrapbooks.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Presented by Dr Mervyn Gordon (FRS) in 1936.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Passed to the Archives when the Museum cleared out material from the sub-basement, Jul 2007.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Buckland, Francis Trevelyan Curiosities of Natural History Series 1-4. 1891-1893; Buckland, F T 'John Hunter's residence at Earls Court, Kensington. 1871' with engraving of the house, in Merriman, J J John Hunter at Earls Court 1881; Buckland, F T Log-book of a fisherman and zoologist 1891; Buckland, F T (ed) Natural History papers and memoir of N Lawrence Austen 1877; Buckland, F T Obituary 'London, Land and Water', in Land and Water, 1880 Dec 25 p. 541; Buckland, F T 'The manatee' Abstract of an article in Land and Water Aug 1875; Buckland, F T Natural History of British Fishes 1883; Buckland, F T Notes and jottings from animal life 1882; Bompas, G C Life of Frank Buckland 1885.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2008

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