S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Salisbury, Mr Frederick Stimpson (botany)

Born: 19 August 1877, United Kingdom.
Died: 26 December 1966, United Kingdom.

Frederick Stimpson Salisbury, a British classical scholar and teacher, studied at Christ's College, University of Cambridge, where he graduated as Master of Arts (MA). He taught at Kings College School, Worcester, and Manchester Grammar School. Being particularly interested in classical numismatics, he later assisted the British Museum with the study of Roman coins found at Richborough, Kent. Another of his interests was natural history, particularly botany, and during a stay in Australia from 1910 to 1912 he collected plants which he sent to Britain.

Salisbury came to South Africa in 1912 and taught at Kingswood (Wesleyan) College, Grahamstown, until he left the country in 1915. He collected plants mainly in the Albany Division of the Cape Province and in 1913 presented specimens to the herbarium of the Albany Museum, Grahamstown. He seems to have had a particular interest in introduced plants, as he wrote the following articles during and after his stay: 'List of Grahamstown weeds' (Agricultural Journal of the Union of South Africa, 1913, Vol. 6, pp. 508-510, and 1914, Vol. 7, pp. 77-82) and 'Naturalised plants of Albany and Bathurst' (Records of the Albany Museum, 1919, Vol. 3(3), pp. 162-177).

While in South Africa Salisbury applied his knowledge of classical numismatics by compiling a Guide to the Greek and Roman coins in the Albany Museum, Grahamstown (Grahamstown, 1915, 45 p.) He also wrote Rambles in the Vaudese Alps (New York, 1916).

List of sources:

Albany Museum. Annual Report for 1910, 1911, 1912 and 1913.

Bullock, A.A. Bibliography of South African Botany (up to 1951). Pretoria: Department of Agricultural Technical Services, 1978.

Gunn, M. and Codd, L.E. Botanical exploration of southern Africa. Cape Town: Balkema, 1981.

National Union Catalogue, pre-1956 imprints. London: Mansell, 1968-1980.

South African bibliography to the year 1925. London: Mansell, 1979.

Compiled by: C. Plug