Collecting localities



Biographical data


Hancock, William


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)


Born: 1847, Lurgan, Ulster, Ireland. Died: 1914, Bristol, England.



Since 1874 custom-house officer in China (stationed at Peking, Ning-Poi, Hainan and Formosa [= Taiwan]). He displayed a keen interest in the flora of China. He travelled in Java, Sumatra, etc. in periods of leave.

Polypodium hancockii Baker was named after him.


Collecting localities:

1892. Sumatra, visiting G. Kerintji (Sumatra West Coast), etc.1 He visited Java in the same year. He collected mostly ferns.



Herb. Kew [K]:2 plants from China, Formosa [= Taiwan], Japan, Jamaica, Guatemala, Mexico, Sumatra (90) and Java (91). Gray Herb. [GH]: Malaysian duplicates; U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US]: 57 dupl. Sumatra and Java; in Herb. Hance (= Brit. Mus. [BM]); Herb. Univ. Oxford [OXF] (with Herb. du Bois); Herb. Paris [P]: ferns from Sumatra (19) etc. It was stipulated that those specimens which were not required by Kew, should go to Bristol [BRIST].



(1) cf. Copeland in Philip. Journ. Sci. 37, 1928, p. 340.

(2) On the presentation of his herbarium to Kew cf. Kew Bull. 1922, p. 204.


biographical data:

Bretschneider, Hist. Bot. Discov. China, 1898, p. 747-748; Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger, 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.