When I started my research to find out more about Beatrix Potter I was really surprised by some of the things that I found out, did you know….
1. Beatrix was really interested in Mycology – which is the study of fungus, but unfortunately because of her lack of credential and because she was a woman she wasn’t taken seriously. It wasn’t until recently that the Linnean Society held a meeting in Beatrix Potter’s honor to recognise and appreciate her contributions in the Mycology field.
2. Helen Beatrix Potter was born on 28th July 1866 in South Kensington, London to Helen and Rupert William Potter. Beatrix had one younger brother Walter Bertram.
3. Rupert Potter was a barrister.
4. Beatrix first book was The Tail of Peter Rabbit. It was written for her ex-governeses son, Noel Moore.
5. The Tail of Peter Rabbit was turned down six times by publishers, so Beatrix decided to self publish having a run of two hundred and fifty printed.
6. It was Beatrix Potters friend the Vicar of Wray church Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, who persuaded the publishers at Frederick Warne to have another look at The tail of Peter Rabbit. After reviewing it they decided to finally publish it in 1902.
7. Beatrix wrote and illustrated twenty-eight books.
8. An interest inspired by one of the National Trust founders Canon Rawnsley was conservation. It was her interest in conservation that inspired Beatrix to donate fifteen farms and four thousand acres to the National Trust.
9. Beatrix Potter died at the age of seventy-seven on the 22nd December 1943.
10. As per her instructions the fifteen donated farms continue to graze Herdwick sheep helping to conserve the special Herdwick breed.