Thomas Martyn

Date 1735 - 1825
Biographical NotesBotanist and author. Following in his father's footsteps Martyn became Professor of Botany at Cambridge in 1762. In 1778 Martyn accompanied his pupil and ward, Edward Hartopp, on a two year tour on the continent, taking with him his wife and son. Martyn kept a journal which later formed the basis of 'The Gentleman's Tour through Italy' (described in this database). However, he is best remembered as the author of 'Letters on the Elements of Botany', his most popular work, a translation and continuation of 'Lettres Elementaires Sur La Botanique' by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which went through eight editions. See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of [The preface to The Gentleman's Guide in his Tour Through Italy] (1787) in The Gentleman's Guide in his Tour Through Italy. With a Correct Map, and Directions for Travelling in that Country