William Miller Christy
1778 – 1858
An English Quaker hatter, textile manufacturer and banker (1778-1858); inventor of the Christy towel and populariser of the beaver hat. He was the father of Henry Christy (donor of many world art works to the British Museum) and Richard Christy. W.M. Christy was not widely known as a collector, and left only a single, remarkable tapa cloth to Kew.
Through Richard, he was also the paternal uncle of his namesake, the North American traveller and philanthropist William Miller Christy (1863-1939), who later presented both entomological collections to the Natural History Museum and botanical collections to Kew.
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Entry created on 28 August 2020