Finlay Lorimer Kitchin

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1870 Born December 13th at Whitehaven, only son of William Henry Kitchin. Educated at St. Bees School and St. John’s College, Cambridge (Natural Sciences Tripos). Further course of study under Zittel at Munich.
Commenced study of Jurassic material from Kutch, sent for examination by Geological Survey of India. (Dissertation on Jurassic Brachiopoda from Kutch for Ph.D.).
1894 Elected F.G.S.
1898 Appointed Assistant Palaeontologist on Geological Survey.
1901-1902 Published 2 memoirs of the “Palaeontologia Indica” : Brachiopoda (1901) and Lamellibranchia (1902).
Succeeded E.T. Newton as Palaeontologist of the Survey.
1906 Awarded Wollaston Fund.
1906-1911 Served on Council of Geological Society (also 1915-19 and 1926-31).
Most important official work: Kent Coalfield with J. Pringle and G.W. Lamplugh (2 memoirs).
1908 Results of description of collection of fossils from the Uitenhage series published in “Annals of the South African Museum”.
1923 Sc.D.
1929 Elected F.R.S.
1934 Lyell Medal.
1934 Died January 20th in St. Thomas’s Hospital.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Obituary - Finlay Lorimer Kitchin. Born in 1870, died 20th January 1934. Proceedings of the Geologists Association. v. 46 p.92-94. 1935

Chatwin, C.P. Obituary - Finlay Lorimer Kitchin. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 90 p.lvii-lviii. 1934

Finlay Lorimer Kitchin — Wikipedia article

F., J. Dr. F. L. Kitchin, F.R.S. Nature 133, 350–351 (1934). 2019.

Kitchin, Dr Finlay Lorimer (palaeontology) Biographical Database of Southern African Science.

Finlay Lorimer Kitchin, 1870-1934. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 1934, Vol. 1(3).


Lamplugh, G.W.. Kitchin, F.L.. Pringle, J.. 1923. The concealed Mesozoic rocks in Kent. - London: HMSO.

Kitchin, F.L.. The faunal characters and correlation of the concealed Mesozoic rocks in Kent: Summary of Progress of the Geological Survey of GB and the Museum of Practical Geology for 1918, Appendix 1 p.37-45

Peach, B.N.. Horne, J.. Woodward, H.B.. Clough, C.T.. Barrow, G.. Flett, J.S.. Harker, A.. Kitchin, F.L.. Teall, J.J.H.. Wedd, C.B.. Geological Survey of Great Britain. Scotland. 1910. The geology of Glenelg, Lochalsh and south-east part of Skye (Explanation of one-inch map 71). - Edinburgh: HMSO.

Kitchin, F.L.. South African Museum. Colony of the Cape of Good Hope. Geological Commission. 1908. Invertebrate fauna and palaeontological relations of the Uitenhage Series. - London: West Newman & Co

Kitchin, F.L.. On a new species of thecidea

Lamplugh, G.W.. Kitchin, F.L.. 1911. On the Mesozoic rocks in some of the coal explorations in Kent. - London: HMSO. - (Memoir (District) Geological Survey of GB)

Griffith, C.. Brydone, R.M.. Kitchin, F.L.. 1911. The zones of the Chalk in Hants; with appendices on bourgueticrinus and echinorys... and on a new species of thecidea. - London: Dulau & Co.

Kitchin, F.L.. 1897. Zur Kenntnis der jurassischen Brachiopodenfauna von Kutch .... - Munchen: Kastner & Lossen

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
BCRA/201G/A/20 A new Map of Yorkshire Print of engraving.
GSM/DR/By/S/1 Correspondence to range of geologists on various issues inc fossils from Mull. Letters from and to E.B.Bailey inc: Flett, Kitchin, Gibson, B.N.Peach, T.Robertson, H.H.Thomas...
GSM/DR/Ft/A/2 Correspondence on range of issues: letters to Bromehead, C.Davidson, H.Dewey, Fairley, A.Geikie...
GSM/DR/Ml/A/1 Correspondence including letters to Flett, Kitchin, Phemister, and H.H.Thomas. Also large... 3 files numbered i, ii and iii
GSM/GL/Bm/1 Correspondence: letters to H.A.Allen, R.Crookall, J.S.Flett, J.A.Howe, F.L.Kitchin, W.F.P...
GSM/GL/Cl/9 Correspondence from Clough to other geologists: letters to Flett, Kitchin, E.T.Newton, B.N.Peach...
GSM/GL/Cn/1 Correspondence with other geologists; letters to H.A.Allen, C.H.Dinham, Flett, Kitchin, J.Pringle...
GSM/GL/Ct/4 Correspondence: letters to H.Allen, E.B.Bailey, Hester, Kitchin, Stubblefield, H.H.Thomas and others
GSM/GL/De/5 Correspondence: letters to C.H.Dinham, F.L.Kitchin, B.Smith, C.J.Stubblefield, H.A.Allen.
GSM/GL/Di/4 Correspondence with other geologists: letters to E.C.Bullard, W.Dewar, C.H.Dinham, T.Eastwood, F.l.Kitchin, G.H.Mitchell, J.Pringle, A.Strahan and H.H.Thomas; also some letters to Dixon.
GSM/GL/Ds/1 Correspondence: letters to S.C.A.Holmes, J.Howe, Kitchin, J. Pringle and F.B.A.Welch
GSM/GL/Ho/10 Correspondence: letters to C.H.Dinham, Kitchin, G.H. Mitchell and B.Smith
GSM/GL/Jb/3 Correspondence with other geologists. Including: H.A.Allen, F.H.Hatch, F.L.Kitchin, G.W.Lamplugh, F.W.Rudler, Teall, W.W.Wattts, W.Whitaker and H.B.Woodward. Some letters to Jukes-Browne.
GSM/GL/Jn/1 Correspondence: letters to E.E.L.Dixon, T.N.George, F.L.Kitchin, W.F.P.McLintock, W.J.Pugh, A.Strahan and H.H.Thomas
GSM/GL/St/7 Correspondence with Kitchin and Spencer
GSM/GL/Ta/3 Correspondence; letters to Flett, Howe, Kitchin, McLintock and H.H.Thomas
GSM/GL/We/5 Correspondence with F.L.Kitchin and E.M.Guppy
GSM/GL/Wl/1 Letters to Flett, Phemister, Kitchin and Buchan
GSM/GL/Wr/1 Letters From W B Wright to F L Kitchin
GSM/GL/Wr/2 Letters From W B Wright Letters to J S Flett 1911 (1); Letters to F L Kitchin 1921-1933 (108.; Letters to J Pringle 1936…
GSM/GL/Wr/29 Letters From F L Kitchin to W B Wright 1-10 letters
GSM/GL/Wr/30 Letters From F L Kitchin to W B Wright 11-20 letters from F L Kitchin to W B Wright; 1 letter from W B Wright to F L Kitchin
GSM/GL/Wr/31 Letters From F L Kitchin to W B Wright 21-30 letters
GSM/GL/Wr/32 Letters From F L Kitchin to W B Wright 31-40 letters
GSM/GL/Wr/33 Letters From F L Kitchin to W B Wright 41-50 letters
GSM/GL/Wr/34 Letters From F L Kitchin to W B Wright 51-60 letters from F L Kitchin to W B Wright, 2 letters from W B Wright to F L Kitchin
GSM/GL/Wr/35 Letters From F L Kitchin to W B Wright 61-70 letters
GSM/GL/Wr/36 Letters From F L Kitchin to W B Wright 71-79 letters; 1 letter from F L Kitchin to [?B] Smith; 1 list of text figures from W B Wright's...
GSM/GL/Wy/1 Correspondence; letters to Chatwin, Eastwood, Kitchin and B.Smith
GSM/GX/Ar/1 Correspondence: letters to E.B.Bailey, C.P.Chatwin, H.G.Dimes, C.H.Dinham, and replies to E.E.L.Dixon, F.H.Edmonds, F.L.Kitchin, J.Pringle, G.V.Wilson
GSM/GX/Bm/1/5 Letters from H A Allen, E T Newton, J Pringle and F L Kitchin With a list of specimens
GSM/GX/Bm/1/9 Letters from Buckman to F L Kitchin
GSM/GX/Bm/1/11 Letters from F L Kitchin Also includes various lists, a note from J Pringle and a letter from J A House to Mrs Buckman.
GSM/GX/Br/1 Letters to Kitchin, C P Chatwin, Dixon, Stubblefield and A J Butler and Dinham
GSM/GX/Cb/2 Correspondence: letters to F.L. Kitchin, J.Rhodes and T.Robertson
GSM/GX/Hr/3/1 Letters to J Geikie, Kitchin, Allen and H B Woodward
GSM/MG/A/C/13 Correspondence with British Museum (Natural History); letters from staff of BM inc. F.A.Bather, L.Fletcher, M.C.Stopes and others to Kitchin, Rudler and others.
GSM/MG/A/R/4 Comments by F.L. Kitchin on the evidence of J.S.Flett and C.Tate Regan given before the Royal...