Geologist, Deceased Person
1725 – 1779
Who was Alexander Catcott?
He was the son of Reverend Alexander Stopford Catcott M.A., headmaster of Bristol Grammar School, and Martha Symes, and brother of George Symes Catcott, the friend of Thomas Chatterton. His views on the Bible as a scientific source were influenced by the ideas of John Hutchinson and are expressed in his A Treatise on the Deluge. This identified the Chinese cultural hero Fu Xi with Biblical Noah.
Catcott left his book collection and two cabinets of his fossils and minerals as a bequest to Bristol's public library. These were housed in the Old Library on King Street and were one of the first public displays of fossils in the country. Later transferred to the Bristol Museum, the fossils were destroyed in World War II. However Catcott's books were in the new Central Library building and survived.
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