Skinner, George Ure (1804–1867)

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Skinner, George Ure (1804–1867)

George Ure Skinner (b. 18 March 1804; d. 9 January 1867), British merchant in Guatemala. The son of a Scottish Episcopal minister and great-grandson of an ecclesiastical historian of Scotland, Skinner worked in London and in Leeds before going to Guatemala in 1831. The company he formed with Charles Klée, a German merchant, linked Guatemalan commerce closely with Great Britain, via Belize, and became a major creditor of the Guatemalan government. In addition to building a large estate based on indigo and cochineal exports from Guatemala, Skinner became a noted naturalist; he was interested in insects, birds, and orchids, and shipped many of the latter to England. He died in Panama of yellow fever as he was returning from England.

See alsoCochineal; Indigo.


"The Late Mr. G. Ure Skinner," Gardeners' Chronicle, no. 8 (1867).

Merle A. Reinikka, A History of the Orchid (1972), pp. 169-173.

Ralph Lee Woodward, Jr., Rafael Carrera and the Emergence of the Republic of Guatemala, 1821–1871 (1993).

Additional Bibliography

Pompejano, Daniele. La crisis del antiguo régimen en Guatemala (1839–1871). Guatemala, Centroamérica: Editorial Universitaria, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 1997.

                                 Ralph Lee Woodward Jr.

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