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Edward Jacob
(c. 1710 - 26 Nov 1788)

English naturalist who published Plantæ Favershamienses (1777) on the flora of Faversham, Kent, and wrote about his fossil finds on his estate on the Isle of Sheppey.


Edward Jacob

(Obituary from The Gentleman's Magazine, 1811)

Obituary, 1788

[p.341] Nov. 26. At Faversham, in Kent, in his seventy-eighth year, Edward Jacob, Esq. F.A.S. 1755, many years surgeon in that town, and several times mayor thereof: a gentleman well known to the learned as an antiquary and a naturalist; and more particularly by his “History of Faversham, 1774,” 8vo; “Plantæ Favershamenses et Fossilia Shepeiana, 1777,” 12mo; his account of fossil elephants bones in Shepey, in Phil. Trans, vol. XLVIII. p. 626 ; and of the Roman pottery fished up at the mouth of the Thames, in Archæologia, vol. V. p. 282; by his collections in both those branches of literature, his elegant cabinet of shells, medals, &c. with the sight and the use of which he ever readily assisted his friends; but what most endeared him to all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance was, an obliging disposition, pleasantness of manners, and a heart replete with every social and moral virtue.

From John Walker, A Selection of Curious Articles from the Gentleman's Magazine (1811), 341. (source)


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