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Samuel Alexander Kirk is the author of A Flora of the North-East of Ireland Including the Phanerogamia, the Cryptogamia Vascularia, and the Muscineae (Classic Reprint) (2015).

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A Flora of the North-East of Ireland Including the Phanerogamia, the Cryptogamia Vascularia, and the Muscineae (Classic Reprint)

release date: Aug 05, 2015
A Flora of the North-East of Ireland Including the Phanerogamia, the Cryptogamia Vascularia, and the Muscineae (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from A Flora of the North-East of Ireland Including the Phanerogamia, the Cryptogamia Vascularia, and the Muscineae The present work is an attempt to give a full and reliable account of the native vegetation of the Counties of Down, Antrim, and Derry; an undertaking which was projected some years since by the late Thomas H. Corry, M.A., in conjunction with the surviving Editor. That it has not sooner appeared is due to the lamentably sudden and premature death of Mr. Corry, and to the fact that the writer could give but a very limited portion of time to the collection and revision of the material. As this volume will doubtless fall into the hands of many who may not know of the fate that befel him who urged on the project, a brief statement on the subject may be allowable. Early in 1882 Mr. Corry was appointed by the Royal Irish Academy to examine and report on that rich botanical district, the Ben Bulben range of mountains in County Sligo. In pursuance of this arrangement he visited these mountains during the summer of that year, being accompanied by two enthusiastic botanical friends, Mr. Charles Dickson, solicitor, of Belfast, and Mr. R. P. Vowell, of Dublin. On this visit many specimens were collected, and a valuable series of notes was made, but the extent of the work was so great that it was found impossible to survey the district satisfactorily in one season. It was, therefore, decided to revisit the locality during the following summer, and to include more or less of the district adjacent to, though not strictly a part of, the mountains in question. In fulfilment of this plan, Mr. Corry and Mr. Dickson arrived in the town of Sligo on the evening of Wednesday, 8th August, 1883. Immediately above the town of Sligo lies Lough Gill, a romantically-situated sheet of water, whose many picturesque aspects form the chief attraction of the locality. This lake, at the base of the richest mountain district of Ireland, seemed likely to reward a botanical exploration, and it was settled that the next day should be devoted to Lough Gill. The appearance of the following morning was not at all inviting. Heavy showers of rain were frequent, and were accompanied by such sudden and fierce squalls of wind that the pedestrian was, for the time being, foiled in his attempts to proceed. Notwithstanding the forbidding aspect of the weather, and undeterred by the warnings of the boatmen, our friends decided to carry out the programme as arranged. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


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