Dawson Turner

Dawson Turner (1775 - 1858)

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Dawson Turner
Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
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Husband of — married in Coltishall, Norfolk, Englandmap
Husband of — married in London, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lee Cottage, Old Brompton, London SWmap
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Dawson Turner (18 October 1775 – 21 June 1858)[1] was an English banker, botanist and antiquary.

Turner was the son of James Turner, head of the Gurney and Turner's Yarmouth Bank and Elizabeth Cotman, the only daughter of the mayor of Yarmouth, John Cotman. He was educated at North Walsham Grammar School (now Paston College), Norfolk and at Barton Bendish as a pupil of the botanist Robert Forby. He then went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he left without a degree due to his father's terminal illness. In 1796 he joined his father's bank and married Mary Palgrave, the daughter of William Palgrave.

He became interested in botany and published a number of books. In December 1802 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. [2] In 1816, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

By 1820 his interest in botany had been replaced by an interest in antiquities. He and his children were taught drawing by renowned Norfolk artist John Sell Cotman who became a good friend. They travelled to Normandy together and collaborated on a book, Architectural Antiquities of Normandy, published in 1822, with Cotman providing the etchings.[3]

By his first wife he was father-in-law of Sir William Jackson Hooker, FRS and of Sir Francis Palgrave, FRS and the grandfather of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, FRS and Sir Robert Harry Inglis Palgrave, FRS. After his first wife's death in 1850 he married Rosamund Duff and moved to live in Old Brompton. He died in 1858, and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.


Synopsis of British Fuci 1802
Muscologia Hibernicae Spicilegium (Irish Moss Ferns) 1804
Botanist's Guide through England and Wales with Weston Dillwyn 1805
Annals of Botany - nine articles 1800-1808


Dawson and Mary Palgrave had 11 children:

Maria Dawson Turner (1797–1872), married William Jackson Hooker, botanist; their son was Joseph Dalton Hooker, also a botanist.
Elizabeth Turner (1799–1852), married Francis Palgrave (né Cohen), historian, who took the name Palgrave upon conversion to Christianity.
Dawson Turner (1801 – 1806)
Mary Anne Turner (1803 – 1874)
Harriet Turner (1806–1869), married John Gunn, clergyman and naturalist.
Hannah Sarah Turner (1808 – )
Dawson Turner (1809 – 1809)
Katherine Turner (1810 – 1811)
Eleanor Jane Turner (1811–1895), the youngest daughter, married William Jacobson, divine.
Gurney Turner (1813 – 1848), whose son Dawson Turner played in the first international rugby match in 1871
Dawson William Turner (1815-1885), educationalist.

The standard author abbreviation Turner is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a botanical name.[4][1]


  1. Entered by Sir William Arbuthnot.
  • "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFSM-44V : 10 December 2014), Dawson Turner and Mary Palgrave, 14 Mar 1796; citing Coltishall, Norfolk, England, reference item 1; FHL microfilm 1,526,780.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1841," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7SM-TS8 : 30 October 2015), Dawson Turner, St Nicholas, Norfolk, England; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  • England & Wales Marriage Registrations: Dec 1851, Turner, Dawson District: St James Vol 1 Page 119. Accessed at FreeBMD (http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl)
  • England & Wales Death Registrations: Jun 1858, Turner, Dawson District: Kensington Vol 1a Page 66. Accessed at FreeBMD (http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl)
  • Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalists and Other Pioneer Families of Upper Canada Volume-2, Edward Marion Chadwick, 1898 (accessed at archive.org)


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Dawson Turner

FATHER James Turner
MOTHER Elizabeth
BAPTISM 23 Oct 1775 - Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
EVENT 1775

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On 16 Jun 2017 at 10:03 GMT John Elkin wrote:

Turner-11147 and Turner-7729 appear to represent the same person because: they have the same wife and same dates of birth & death

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