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Robert McKenzie Cross: Botanical Explorer, Kew Gardens

Further Reading : Some Books, Journals and Web Sites
Home | Forgotten Legend : Tribute to Robert Cross- Sample | Further Reading : Some Books, Journals and Web Sites | Early Life in Kilmaronock Loch Lomondside 1830s and 1840s | While Robert entered Kew Gardens, London 1850s his siblings flew the nest too! | Chronology : The Years Robert Cross spent at Home and Abroad | Chinchona Missions : First Trip to South America 1859 | Robert Cross's Report on his travel to South America in 1860 | Spruce's Journal First Chinchona Mission | Chinchona : Later Trips to South America | Rubber Trees : Mission to South America 1876 | Para Rubber Images | Clements Markham, Richard Spruce and Henry Wickham | Achievements of Robert Cross | Publications of Robert M Cross | Last Years at West Cottage Torrance of Campsie | Last Will and Testament of Robert McKenzie Cross

Suggested Further Reading

Plants Against Malaria : J R Coll Physicians Edinburgh 2002 pages 189-196. This article sings the praises of the Chinchona pioneer, Charles Ledger (1818-1905) - another of the forgotten men of the saga - and his faithful accomplice Manuel Incra Mamani - who died for Chinchona seeds!!!



India Rubber and Gutta Percha : A Compilation of all the available information respecting the trees . A. M. & J Ferguson of the Ceylon Observer. This contains several of Robert Cross's reports.



The Whole Art of Rubber Growing By W Wicherley London 1911
Contains faithful references to Robert Cross.

Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya J C Willis 1901.

Hevea Brasiliensis or Para rubber : Herbert Wright 1905.

Rubber and Rubber Planting By R H Lock 1913 Cambridge University Press. Briefly tells the story of Cross's shipwreck in 1875.

The Realm of Rubber By H H Ghosh 1928 Calcutta. Sings the praises of Henry Wickham.

The India Rubber Journal March 20 1926 : The Early History of the Rubber Industry By B D Porritt. The niece of Robert Cross - Grace McKean Buchanan - who married her cousin James McLelland of Cadder - who arranged Robert's affairs after his death - contributed to Porritt's research for this article.

Proceedings of the IRI : Evolution of the Rubber Industry pages 116-117.


Rubber in Malaya 1876-1922 Genesis of the Industry By J Drabble 1973. Makes a fair assessment of Robert Cross's efforts.


The Fever Trail: In Search of the Cure for Malaria
By Mark Honigsbaum "THERE ARE ONLY TWO TOPICS of conversation on the Orinoco during the rainy season: the humidity and the mosquitoes..."
This relegates Cross to a secondary role!!!

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Bulletin Additional Series III Rubber , London 1906

See copy of my e-mails to John Loadman below link. John's site is http://bouncing-balls.com This site contains details about the Wickham v Cross debate on whether it was from material brought to the Far East by Wickham or Cross that was the real spark of the Rubber Industry. There is real doubt over Wickham!!!!!!!

WILLIAM CROSS IS AVAILABLE TO GIVE A TALK TO YOUR GROUP, SOCIETY, ORGANISATION ON THE LIFE AND WORK ON ROBERT CROSS.
CONTACT HIM AT e-mail williecross@aol.com

Robert McKenzie Cross of Kew Gardens