Collecting localities



Biographical data


Sinclair, Andrew


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


Born: Paisley, England. Died: March 25, 1861, drowned in Rangitata River, Middle Island, New Zealand.



Physician who entered the service of the Royal Navy about 1824; Assistant-Surgeon on the voyage of the ‘Sulphur’ (see below) under Capt. Sir Edw. Belcher. From 1842 onwards he made several voyages to Australia and New Zealand, collecting diligently.

He was commemorated in the genus Sinclairia Hook. (= Liabum).


Collecting localities:

Voyage in the ‘Sulphur’, 1836-42.1 Detailed data cf. sub R.B. Hinds and Barclay.



Herb. Kew [K]: South America, New Zealand (pres. 1836-61); Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]: 600 New Zealand plants (purch. 1858).

He collected during the voyage of the ‘Sulphur’, but perhaps not in the Malaysian region. The botanical results of the expedition were edited by Bentham.2



(1) Sir Edw. Belcher: ‘Narrative of a voyage round the world performed in H. M. S. Sulphur during the years 1836-42’ (London 1843, 2 vols).

(2) ‘The botany of H.M.S. Sulphur under the command of Edw. Belcher during the years 1836-42’ (London 1844-46, nos I-VI, w. 60 plates).


biographical data:

The Phytologist 1860, p. 284; Gard. Chron. 1861, p. 773; Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. 1862 (meeting May 24th) p. xcv-xcvi; Bot. Zeitung 1861, p. 336; Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 28, 1890, p. 308, and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931.