From Philip de Malpas Grey-Egerton 5 May 
30 Eaton Place
I send you Enniskillen’s1 account of the discovery of the Irish Yew.2 “Old Hugh” (not Yew) “Willis of Ahaterourke under Ben Achlin found two upright Yews in the mountain between the Cove and the Ben near Lugahurra hollow about 80 years ago. He brought one to his Landlord and planted the other in his own Garden where it now stands a fine tree. The remnants of the other are now in the Flower garden here. I have always heard that the first plants raised were from cuttings, and to judge from the appearance of the mother plant it must be true. I never heard of seed being sown till Mr Young our Gardener tried it and raised 3 plants which differ from the parent and are intermediate between it and the Common Yew Florence Court3
Sends Lord Enniskillen’s account of origin of the Irish yew: transplanted from the wild; propagated by cuttings thereafter. Offspring recently raised from seed are intermediate between common and Irish [weeping] yew.
- Letter no.
- Philip de Malpas Grey- Egerton (10th baronet Egerton)
- Charles Robert Darwin
- Sent from
- London, Eaton Place, 30
- Source of text
- DAR 163: 6