Blackburne, Anna (1726–1793)

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Blackburne, Anna (1726–1793)

British naturalist. Born 1726 at Orford Hall, near Warrington, Manchester, England; died Dec 30, 1793; dau. of a wealthy landowner.

Began collection of natural specimens and was in contact with scientists, including taxonomist Linnaeus; collected some North American specimens which were used by Thomas Pennant for descriptions in his Arctic Zoology; had several species named after her, including the beetle Scarabaeus blackburnii (now Geotrupes blackburnii) and the Blackburnian warbler Dendroica fusca.