Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Lewis, Thomas Taylor

LEWIS, THOMAS TAYLOR (1801–1858), geologist and antiquary, was born at Ludlow in Shropshire in 1801. He was educated at Cheam school, Surrey, under the Rev. James Welchin, was admitted to St. John's College, Cambridge, 5 Oct. 1819, graduated B.A. in 1825, and proceeded M.A. in 1828. In 1826 he became curate of Aymestrey, Herefordshire; he was subsequently vicar of Bridstow, near Ross, and on 17 March 1832 he was appointed in addition perpetual curate of Leinthall Earls, all in the same county. He died at Bridstow on 28 Oct. 1858. Lewis was a diligent local antiquary, and formed large collections of fossils in the neighbourhood of Aymestrey, and especially investigated what was afterwards termed the Silurian system. He communicated the results of his researches to Sir Roderick Murchison [q. v.], and his memory has been preserved in the names of local fossils, such as the ‘Lingula Lewisii,’ ‘Spirorbis Lewisii,’ and ‘Cephalapis Lewisii.’ Lewis also edited for the Camden Society in 1853 the ‘Letters of Lady Brilliana Harley.’

[Gent. Mag. 1859, pt. i. p. 93; Foster's Index Ecclesiasticus; information kindly furnished by R. F. Scott, esq.]

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