Lionel Bonaparte-Wyse

Lionel Bonaparte-Wyse

Male 1874 - 1955  (80 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Lionel Bonaparte-Wyse 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 8 Sep 1874  Waterford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 May 1955  Dublin, Leinster, Éire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I261392  Geneagraphie | B(u)onaparte family
    Links To This person is also Lucien Bonaparte-Wyse at Waterford Ireland 
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2020 

    Father William Charles Bonaparte-Wyse,   b. 20 Feb 1826, Waterford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1892, Cannes, Alpes-Maritime, Fr Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Ellen Linge Prout,   b. 1842,   d. 1925  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1864  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Family ID F105811  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Sep 1874 - Waterford, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 May 1955 - Dublin, Leinster, Éire Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Bonaparte-Wyse is a name now synonymous with Irish Entymology and he was the subject of a recent profile by Professor Bryan P.Beirne, Professor Emeritus of the Simon Fraser University, B.C., Canada in his Review of Irish Entymology - The First Hundred Years.
      Lucian was the great-grandson of Napoleon's brother, Lucian, and he was born in the late 1890's in Waterford, where he collected insects (mostly butterflies and beetles). He concentrated his collecting activities on the area adjacent to to his ancestral home at Manor of St.John, namely Roanmore and Kilbarry Bogs. With his early mentor, Canon Flemyng, he also roamed to Curraghmore and Tramore. He lived abroad until 1948 but he made frequent collecting trips to Ireland between 1906 and 1923. He also travelled extensively throughout Europe and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) with his mother, Ellen Linge Prout - a Russian Countess. His father, William Charles Bonaparte, was a noted Provencal poet, amongst other things. Lucian had only a small annuity after his mother died and this diminished in time. He returned to Waterford in 1948 and lived at Manor of St.John.
      Beirne describes him as a memorable character of Irish entymology and as a lifetime dilletante. Wyse did much of his collecting in Ireland between 1912 and 1923, perhaps the most turbulent years in Irish history. Some of his companions thought that his fieldwork was only a cloak for some sort of political espionage because during this time of civil disturbance, revolution and civil war, most Irish collectors stayed at home and foreign ones stayed away.
      Wyse had an odd personality, he was difficult to converse with and he was almost totally humourless. In stature he fitted the stereotype of a Waterford city man in that he was short. He was also very pallid in complexion and he had a distinctively Bonapartist appearance said to be more natural than contrived. It was also said of him that he always gave the impression of wanting to be liked but that he never knew how to go about it.
      Whatever view is taken of Wyse as a man, his worth as an entymologist is not in question. he produced over thirty papers that were published in the natural history journals of the day, many in association with other fieldworkers. One example is "A fortnight's Entymology in Co.Waterford" published in 1923 and in which he published details of fifty-five species of beetle, most of which were new to Waterford and two of which had never before been recorded in Ireland. Many of these still stand as Irish records and some remain as the only records of the species in Waterford. It is difficult, today, to realise the impact that such works made on the world of natural science. The optical aids and field-guides that we enjoy today either did not exist or were utterly inadequate, yet he correctly identified obscure species to the satisfaction of the natural history hierarchy. Hunting insects is generally viewed as a distinctly eccentric activity, even today, so there is little doubt that he was viewed by the people of Roanmore and those he met on the Kilbarry Bogs as a bit of a crank and as an odball.
      Lucian Bonaparte-Wyse did things that were never done before and found out things about Ireland and Waterford that were unknown before his time. He has received national recognition for his contribution to Irish entymology.



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