In the summer of 1805, James Townsend Mackay, botanist of Trinity College Dublin, visited Ellen Hutchins at Ballylickey, on Bantry Bay. He suggested that she study seaweeds and showed Ellen how to spread them onto paper to make specimens of them.

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So began a series of correspondence between Ellen Hutchins and noted botanists in the UK. Click on the numbers 1- 5 to see more

Ellen’s specimens are now held in Herbaria around the world, including Dublin, London, Edinburgh, New York and Helsinki. These little pieces of Bantry Bay, West Cork are still available to specialist botanists for plant identification and research purposes. 

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Key to abbreviations used in photo captions

HFC  - Hutchins Family Collection  KEW - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

NHM - Natural History Museum London. TCC  - Trinity College Cambridge. TCD -  Trinity College Dublin