skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

Leonard Jenyns (1800–1871)
Leonard Blomefield (1871–1893)


Naturalist and clergyman. Born Leonard Jenyns. Brother-in-law of John Stevens Henslow. Vicar of Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire, 1828–53. Settled near Bath in 1850. Founder and first president of the Bath Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club, 1855. Member of many scientific societies. Described the Beagle fish specimens. Adopted the name Blomefield in 1871.


R. Desmond 1994



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.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.