S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Dalgairns, Miss Magdaline (plant collection)

Born: 1812, United Kingdom.
Died: 1907, South Africa.

Miss Magdaline (or Magdalen, Magdalena) Dalgairns was a daughter of the 1820 settler Charles Dalgairns, a farmer. She and her older sister Agnes maintained a small school in Knysna around the middle of the 19th century. She collected ferns in the neighbourhood around 1856. In 1880 she donated her herbarium of 226 species of plants from the Knysna district to the South African Museum. The fern species Lomaria dalgairnsiae was named in her honour in the 1875 revision of C.W. Ludwig Pappe* and R.W. Rawson's* Revised list of the ferns of South Africa.


List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope. Report of the trustees of the South African Museum, 1880.

Dalgairns party. http://www.eggsa.org/1820-settlers/index.php/settler-returns/1924-dalgairns-party as on 2016-5-31.

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

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Magdaline Dalgairns.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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