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John Banister

He is my 8th Great Grandfather. Snodgrass, Row, Rowe, Banister.

He was educated at Oxford University. John was a naturalist. He studied plants and insects.

He wrote about approximately 340 plants, specimens, and at least eighty plant drawings by Banister are behind the citations in John Ray’s Historia, Robert Morison’s Historia, and Leonard Plukenet’s Phytographia and texts cited in Linnaeus’ Species plantarum (1753). Jan Gronovius, working with Linnaeus on Flora Virginica(1739–1743), compared John Clayton’s specimens with Plukenet’s—and thus Banister’s—illusrations and the descriptions in Ray and Morison. Here is one of his drawings…

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