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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).


R. Desmond 1994

King-Hele 1999, p. 105

Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London 8 (1865): xxiii–xxvii.


Desmond, Ray. 1994. Dictionary of British and Irish botanists and horticulturists including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers. New edition, revised with the assistance of Christine Ellwood. London: Taylor & Francis and the Natural History Museum. Bristol, Pa.: Taylor & Francis.

King-Hele, Desmond. 1999. Erasmus Darwin. A life of unequalled achievement. London: Giles de la Mare Publishers.