Lucy Hardcastle

1771 – c. 1835

Botanist. Christened as the daughter of William and Lucy Swift, but possibly a natural daughter of Erasmus Darwin’s. Married John Hardcastle in Derby in 1792. Mother of Mary, who married Francis Boott in 1820. Ran a school in Derby. Wrote An introduction to the elements of the Linnean system of botany (1830).

Sources: R. Desmond 1994King-Hele 1999, p. 105 Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London 8 (1865): xxiii–xxvii. (See the bibliography for full references to sources)