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Katharine Murray Horner (1817–1848)
Katharine Murray Lyell (1848–1915)


Botanist and literary editor. Daughter of Leonard Horner. Married Henry Lyell, brother of Charles Lyell, in 1848. Compiled a geographical handbook of fern distribution in 1870. Her collection of plants from India was given to the British Museum; her fern collection was given to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Edited Life, letters and journals of Sir Charles Lyell (1881), and Life and letters of Sir Charles J. F. Bunbury (1906).



R. Desmond 1994

Freeman 1978


BDWS: Biographical dictionary of women in science: pioneering lives from ancient times to the mid-20th century. Edited by Marilyn Ogilvie and Joy Harvey. 2 vols. New York and London: Routledge. 2000.

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.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.