Authorised form of nameBuckland; William (1784 - 1856); Dean of Westminster and geologist
Dates1784 - 1856
Place of birthAxminster, Devon, England
Date of birth12 March 1784
Place of deathIslip
Date of death15 August 1856
OccupationClergyman, Church of England
Research fieldGeology
Winchester College; Corpus Christi College, Oxford. BA (1805)
Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1808); took Holy Orders (1808); Professor of mineralogy, Oxford University (1813); Reader in Geology (1819); Canon of Christ Church, Oxford (1825); Dean of Westminster (1825)
Athaenaeum (Founder member); FGS (1813)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election26/02/1818
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
VP 1831-1833, 1844-1845
Medals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1822
RelationshipsFather of Frank Buckland, the naturalist
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Proc Roy Soc 1856-1857 vol 8 pp 264-268
W H Brock, 'The Selection of the Authors of the Bridgewater Treatises' in NR 1966 vol 21 pp 162-179, plate
J M Edmonds and J A Douglas, 'William Buckland, FRS (1784-1856) and an Oxford Geological Lecture, 1823' in NR 1975-6 vol 30 pp 141-167
R A Buchanan, 'Science and Engineering: A Case Study in British Experience in the Mid-Nineteenth Century' in NR 1977-8 vol 32 pp 215-223
J M Edmonds, 'The Founding of the Oxford Readership in Geology, 1818' in NR 1979-80 vol 34 pp 33-51, plate
Richard Hamblyn, 'The Alum-Maker's Secret', review of Roger Osborne, The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 275-278, plate
DSB gives death date as 14 August 1856. Bulloch gives death place as Clapham.
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8154
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/10/153List of subscribers to the "Monthly American Journal Geology and Natural Science" by GW Featherstonehaughc.1832
IM/000642Buckland, Williamnd
IM/000640Buckland, William2001
MS/710/22Letter from William Buckland, Oxford, to [Robert Were Fox] 25 February 1842
MM/10/152Letter from GW Featherstonehaugh, Philadelphia, to W Buckland15 May 1832
IM/005524Buckland, Williamnd
DM/2/39Report of the Lottery Office Committee21 March 1828
MS/123/15Letter from the Duke of Sussex to an unknown recipient23 November 1832
RR/1/262Referee's report by William Buckland, Charles Dietrich Eberhard Konig and Roderick Impey Murchison, on a paper 'Caves in Burrington Combe' by Williams[c.1840]
MS/251/33Letter from William Buckland to John Buckland 18 May [1829?]
MS/251/27Letter from William Buckland to Charles Stokes, Broad Street, London9 September 1828
EC/1817/23Buckland, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/000641Buckland, William2001
IM/005443Buckland, Williamnd
MS/251/21Letter from William Buckland, London, to John Buckland, Warborough, Shillingford 20 January 1825
MS/251/8Letter from William Buckland, Oxford, to 'My Lord'27 December 1820
MS/251/28Letter from William Buckland, Christ Church College, Oxford, to Charles Stokes18 September 1828
MC/1/223Letter from [William] Buckland, to Davies Gilbert, President of the Royal Society12 May 1830
MC/1/312Letter from P. Mitchell, Sydney, New South Wales, to Sir Roderick Impey Murchison10 June 1831
MC/1/311Letter from Dr. William [?] Buckland, Oxford, to the Royal Society8 June 1831
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
MC/2/43Letter from John Marden, London, to Dr. [William] Buckland, Oxford 13 July 1832
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
PT/73/9/21Paintings and drawings, fossilised teeth of elephant and rhinoceros by [Mary Morland, William Clift, and Thomas Webster][1822]
PT/73/9/26Paintings, fossilised bones of horse, ox, hyena, fox, water rat, and rabbit with hyena coprolite by T [Thomas] Webster[1822]
PT/73/9/16Painting, hyena jaw by [Thomas Webster?][1822]
PT/73/9/24Paintings and drawings, fossilised teeth of oxen, deer, and elk by M [Mary] Morland, F [Frances] Duncombe, and T [Thomas] Webster[1822]
MC/4/302Letter from William Buckland [?] to the Chairman of the Committee for Geology and Paleontology 24 November 1849
MC/4Volume 4 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1844-1850
PT/73/9/29Painting, 'Vertical section of the great cave at Gailenreuth' by [Thomas Webster after William Buckland][1822]
PT/73/9/28Paintings, fossilised teeth and bones of boar by [Henry O'Neil?][1822]
PT/73/9/13Map, Cleveland, Yorkshire, and Kirkdale Cave by [William Buckland?][1822]
PT/73/9/15Paintings, hyena jaws by T [Thomas] Webster[1822]
PT/73/9/27Paintings, fossilised teeth and bones of water rat, mouse, rabbit, raven, lark, pigeon, and duck by M [Mary] Morland and T [Thomas] Webster[1822]
PT/73/9/17Painting, fossilised hyena jaw by Mary Morland1822
PT/73/9/23Paintings, fossilised teeth of hippopotamus by M [Mary] Morland, W [William] Clift, and T [Thomas] Webster[1822]
MS/251Correspondence of William Buckland1812-1902
PT/73/9/18Painting, fossilised hyena jaw by Mary Morland1822
PT/73/5/14Painting, ichthyosaur ribs fossil by unknown artist[1816]
PT/73/5/15Painting, fossilised ichthyosaur vertebra by [William Clift][1816]
PT/73/5/16Painting, fossilised ichthyosaur paddle and scapula by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/9/14Painting and drawings, Kirkdale Cave, Yorkshire by [William Buckland, William Salmond, and Thomas Webster][1822]
PT/73/9/19Paintings, fossilised hyena jaws and other bones by T [Thomas] Webster and F [Frances] Duncombe[1822]
PT/73/9/20Paintings and drawings, fossilised teeth of hyena, bear, tiger, fox, wolf, and weasel by M [Mary] Morland, W [William] Clift, and T [Thomas] Webster1822
PT/73/9/22Paintings and drawing, fossilised teeth of rhinoceros and horse by [Mary Morland, William Clift, and Thomas Webster][1822]
PT/73/9/25Paintings and drawings, fossilised deer teeth and antlers by Frances Duncombe14 February 1822
MS/251/83Letter from Sir John Herschel to Reverend William Buckland November 1837
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