Mrs Horatia Katharine Frances Eden
Dates: British, 1846 - 1945
Biographical Account: Horatia Katharine Frances Eden (nee Gatty) was the 4th child of the noted marine biologist, Margaret Gatty. It is often said that of all of Margaret Gatty's children, Horatia was most similar to her. She shared her mother's passion for marine biology more than any of her siblings and was an active member of the Sheffield Naturalists Club. When Margaret died in 1873, her collection of marine animals and plants was bequeathed to Horatia. She also took over editorship of her mother's magazine, Aunt Judy's Tales and expanded the 'Aunt Judy's Club' which had hitherto only supplied material to London hospitals, to produce clothes for the Sheffield hospitals too. Over the following 40 years, Horatia added to the collection, continued to attend lectures on the subject and corresponded with professional naturalists all over the world. After the founding of Weston Park Museum, Horatia donated some of her collection. in 1909, the centenary of her mother's birth, Horatia donated a large portion of her collection, including 12 type specimens, even though she was no longer living in Sheffield, having married a teacher and relocated to Hillbrow Preparatory School in Rugby. She continued her relationship with the curator at the museum and donated another large quantity of material in 1926. She was also involved in the decission to transfer the type material to the natural history museum in the 1930s. Horatia died in 1945 and bequeathed the rest of her collection to Sheffield Museums.