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Mrs Emily Williamson (also known as Bateson)


Who was Emily Williamson?

Emily Williamson was born Emily Bateson, 17 April 1855 at Highfield, Lancaster. She was co-founder of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds with Eliza Phillips in 1891.

Life and Work

At the age of 27, she married solicitor Robert Wood Williamson (son of the curator of Manchester Natural History Museum). The couple had no children, but put their energies into creating a large Alpine garden at The Croft, their home in Didsbury – today, Fletcher Moss Gardens.

She was co-founder of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds with Eliza Phillips in 1891.

Emily was still the Vice President of the RSPB when she died in 1936 at Campden Hill Gate, Kensington.

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