Biographical notesWilliam Foggitt of Thirsk, is one of the best known members of a family of Yorkshire Naturalists. From his early youth he was a close friend of John Gilbert Baker and an enthusiatic and knowledgable field botanist. Together with Baker he is considered to be among the founding members of the Thirsk Natural History Society in about 1852. The Thirsk Natural History Society was destined to become the successor to the Botanical Exchange Club, evolving eventually into the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. (Allen, D. A. 1986 The botanists, London.)
His father, Thomas Jackson Foggitt (1810 - 1885), was a Drugist of Yarm and also a known botanist, having made a contribution to various "floras" (Desmond 1977). William married Elizabeth Thompson Blackett in 1857 and raised a large family, several of his sons following the profession of Druggist and Chemist. His eldest son, also a Thomas Jackson Foggitt, was an active botanist who, in the final years of his life, along with his new wife Gertrude Bacon, acted as treasurer of the Botanical Exchange Club. Of his other sons, Gilbert Baker Foggitt (1867 - 1943) emigrated to Australia in 1886 and John Blackett Foggitt (1861 - 1942) has specimens in various herbaria.
Likeness (left) from his Obituary notice in the Naturalist 1917.