See also:British naturalist and
See also:antiquary, was descended from an old Welsh
See also:family, for many generations
See also:resident at
See also:Downing, Flintshire, where he was
See also:born on the 14th of
See also:June 1726 . He received his early
See also:education at Wrexham, and afterwards entered
See also:Oxford, but did not take a degree . At twelve years of age he was inspired with a passion for natural
See also:history through being presented with
See also:Ornithology; and a tour in
See also:Cornwall in 1746–1747 awakened his strong
See also:interest in minerals and fossils . In 1750 his account of an
See also:earthquake at Downing was inserted in the Philosophical Transactions, where there also appeared in 1756 a paper on several coralloid bodies he had collected at
See also:Shropshire . In the following
See also:year, at the instance of
See also:Linnaeus, he was elected a member of the Royal Society of
See also:Upsala . In 1766 he published the first
See also:part of his British Zoology, a
See also:work meritorious rather as a laborious compilation than as an
See also:original contribution to science . During its progress he visited the continent of
See also:Europe and made the acquaintance of Buffon, Voltaire, Haller and
See also:Pallas . In 1767 he was elected F.R.S . In 1771 was published his Synopsis of Quadrupeds, afterwards extended into a History of Quadrupeds . At the end of the same year he published A Tour in Scotland in 1769, which proving remarkably popular was followed in 1774 by an account of another
See also:journey in Scotland, in two volumes . These
See also:works have proved invaluable as preserving the record of important antiquarian
See also:relics which have now perished . In 1778 he brought out a similar Tour in
See also:Wales, which was followed by a Journey to Snowdon (pt. i .
1781; pt. ii . 1783), afterwards forming the second
See also:volume of the Tour . In 1782 he published a Journey from Chester to
See also:London . He brought out Arctic Zoology in 1785-1787 . In 1790 appeared his Account of London, which went through a large number of
See also:editions, and three years later he published the
See also:Life of the
See also:late T .
See also:Pennant, written by himself . In his later years he was engaged on a work entitled Outlines of the Globe, vols. i. and ii. of which appeared in 1798, and vols. iii. and iv., edited by his son
See also:David Pennant, in 1800 . He was also the author of a number of minor works, some of which were published posthumously . He died at Downing on the 16th of
See also:December 1798 .
WILLIAM PENN (1644-1718)
PENNAR, or PENNER
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