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Richard Spruce - botanist and explorer

Richard Spruce was born in Ganthorpe in 1817 and became an eminent botanist and explorer, spending 15 years travelling in the Amazon and Andes. He lived in Ganthorpe, Welburn, and Coneysthorpe, and is buried in Terrington churchyard. His notes made during his travels in South America, and some of the letters he wrote to friends and botanical colleagues, were edited by Alfred Russell Wallace and published in 1908. In 2004 a Richard Spruce Trail was unveiled, encompassing the villages and sites known to Spruce.

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This page last updated: 21st December 2021

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