Person NameHutchison; Isobel Wylie (1889-1982); botanist and author
ForenamesIsobel Wylie
Epithetbotanist and author
ActivityIsobel Wylie Hutchison (1880-1982) was born in 1889 at Carlowrie, the family house at Kirkliston, West Lothian. She was educated at home and at the Rothesay House School in Edinburgh. From 1917-1919 she studied at Studley Horticultural College and in 1920 took a course in religion and philosophy at King's College, London. In 1923 she journeyed to Egypt and Palestine. In 1925 she walked the 260 miles across Iceland from Reykjavik to Akureyri. In 1927 she became the first British woman to visit Greenland, which she did in order to collect botanical specimens. From 1928 she lived for a year in Greenland at Umanak, and continued to collect specimens. When she visited Alaska in 1933 and 1936 she had become a renowned botanist. She had also travelled widely in Europe and in 1948 walked from Edinburgh to London. She also completed walks or 'strolls' as she called them, from Innsbruck to Venice and from Edinburgh to John O'Groats. She was a voluminous writer and contributed articles, poems and short stories to periodicals as well as publishing a novel, plays, volumes of poetry and accounts of her travels. She died at Carlowrie in 1982.
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