Robert Lloyd Praeger


Of a Unitarian background, he was born in Holywood
Holywood is a town in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies on the shore of Belfast Lough, between Belfast and Bangor. Holywood Exchange and Belfast City Airport are nearby. The town hosts an annual jazz and blues festival.-Name:...

, County Down
County Down
-Cities:*Belfast *Newry -Large towns:*Dundonald*Newtownards*Bangor-Medium towns:...

, and grew up in that town where he was educated, first in the school of the Rev McAlister and then at nearby Sullivan Upper School
Sullivan Upper School
Sullivan Upper AddressBelfast RoadHolywoodBT18 9EP Phone 9042 8780 from abroadFax 9042 7644HeadteacherMr C J W Peel, M.A., B.Sc., Dip.A.S.Ed.Vice Principals*Mr. I. Ballantine, B.Sc., M.Ed., P.G.C.E....

. He worked in the National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland
The National Library of Ireland is Ireland's national library located in Dublin, in a building designed by Thomas Newenham Deane. The Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism is the member of the Irish Government responsible for the library....

 in Dublin from 1893 to 1923. He co-founded and edited the Irish Naturalist
Irish Naturalist
The Irish Naturalist was a scientific journal that was first published in Dublin, Ireland, in April 1892.-History:The journal owed its establishment to the efforts of several leading Dublin naturalists, notably George H. Carpenter and R. M. Barrington. The first editors were Carpenter and Robert...

, and wrote papers on the flora
Flora is the plant life occurring in a particular region or time, generally the naturally occurring or indigenous—native plant life. The corresponding term for animals is fauna.-Etymology:...

 and geography of Ireland
Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...

. He organised the Lambay Survey in 1905 and, from 1909 to 1922, the wider Clare Island Survey
Clare Island Survey
The Clare island Survey was a multidisciplinary survey of Clare Island an island off the West coast of Ireland....

. He was an engineer by qualification, a librarian by profession and a naturalist by inclination. He became the first President of An Taisce
An Taisce
An Taisce , also known as the National Trust for Ireland, was established in 1948 with a similar mission to that of the National Trust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland...

, and of the Irish Mountaineering Club
Irish Mountaineering Club
The Irish Mountaineering Club is a mountaineering club based in County Wicklow, Ireland, although most of its members come from the Dublin Region. Its activities encompass all aspects of mountaineering, but its climbing activities are most prominent...

, in 1948 and served as President of the Royal Irish Academy
Royal Irish Academy
The Royal Irish Academy , based in Dublin, is an all-Ireland, independent, academic body that promotes study and excellence in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. It is one of Ireland's premier learned societies and cultural institutions and currently has around 420 Members, elected in...


He is buried in Deansgrange
Deansgrange in is a suburban area of South Dublin, centered around a crossroads. The area shares the name Clonkeen . The area further east of Deansgrange is known as "Kill of the Grange" Deansgrange in is a suburban area of South Dublin, centered around a crossroads. The area shares the name...

 Cemetery, Dublin with his wife Hedwig.

His younger sister Rosamund Praeger
Rosamund Praeger
Sophia Rosamond Praeger, MBE, HRHA, MA was an Irish artist, sculptor and writer.Born in Holywood, County Down, Ireland, she was educated at Sullivan Upper School, the Belfast School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London. She was the younger sister of the naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger.She...

 was a sculptor and botanic artist.

"His" counties

A vice-county system was adopted by Praeger dividing Ireland in to 40 vice-counties based on the counties. However the boundaries between them does not always correspond to the administrative boundaries and there are doubts as to the correct interpretation of them.

Praeger's publications

  • Praeger, R.Ll. Irish Topographical Botany (ITB), Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy
    Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy
    The Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy is the journal of the Royal Irish Academy, founded in 1785 to promote the study of Science, Polite Literature and Antiquities....

    , Vol. (23) 3rd. series, Vol. 7).
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1893. The Flora of County Armagh. Ir Nat.: II.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. et al. 1902. The exploration of the caves of Kesh, Co. Sligo. Trans. R. Ir. Acad., 32B: 171 - 214.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1902. Gleanings in Irish Topographical Botany. Proc. Roy. Irish Academy, 24B: 61- 94.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1901 Irish Topographical Botany: Supplement 1901 - 1905. Proc. Roy. Irish Academy, 26B: 13 - 45.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1929. Report on recent additions to the Irish fauna and flora (Phanerogramia). Proc. Roy. Irish Academy 39B: 57 - 78.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1932. Some noteworthy plants found in or reported from Ireland. Proc. Roy. Irish Academy. 41B: 95 - 24.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1934a. The Botanist in Ireland. Dublin.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1934b. A contribution to the flora of Ireland. Proc. Roy. Irish Academy. 42B: 55 - 86.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1937 The Way That I Went, An Irishman in Ireland, Allen Figgis, Dublin 1980, ISBN O 900372 93
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1939. A further contribution to the flora of Ieland. Proc. Roy. Irish Academy. 45B: 231 - 254.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1946 Additions to the knowledge of the Irish Flora, 1939- 1945. Proc. Roy. Irish Academy. 51B: 27 - 51.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1951. Hybrids in the Irish flora: a tentative list. Proc. Roy. Irish Academy. 54B: 1 - 14.
  • Praeger, R.Ll. 1949. Some Irish Naturalists, a Biographical Note-book. Dundalk.

See also

  • Clare Island
    Clare Island
    Clare Island is a mountainous island guarding the entrance to Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. It is famous as the home of the pirate queen, Gráinne O'Malley...

  • Carrowkeel
    Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery
    Carrowkeel is a Neolithic passage tomb cemetery in the south of County Sligo, near Boyle, County Roscommon. An Cheathrú Chaol in Irish means 'the Narrow Quarter'. Circumstantial Carbon 14 dating places the tombs at between 5400 and 5100 years old, so that they predate the Pyramids on Egypt's Giza...

  • Knud Jessen
    Knud Jessen
    Knud Jessen was a Danish botanist and quaternary geologist.He was state geologist 1917-1931. In 1931, he succeeded C.H. Ostenfeld as professor of botany at the University of Copenhagen and director of the Copenhagen Botanical Garden, a position he held until his retirement in 1955...

Further reading

  • Lysaght, S.: Robert Lloyd Praeger – The Life of a Naturalist, 1865-1953, Four Courts Press 1998; ISBN 1-85182-422-7.
  • Collins, T.2006. The Clare Island Survey of 1909 - 1911: a multidisciplinary success. Occ. Publ. Ir. biogeog.Soc. No.9:155 - 165.
  • Blaney, R. The Praeger Family of Holywood. FAMILIA: Ulster Genealogical Review .No.15:91-100.1999.

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