Thomas Pennant

Thomas Pennant (1726 – 1798) was born in Flint and was a naturalist, traveller, writer and antiquarian. He wrote acclaimed books including ‘British Zoology’, ‘the History of Quadrupeds’, ‘Arctic Zoology’ and ‘Indian Zoology’ although he never travelled further afield than continental Europe. He knew and maintained correspondence with many of the scientific figures of his day. His books influenced the writings of Samuel Johnson. As an antiquarian, he amassed a considerable collection of art and other works, largely selected for their scientific interest. Many of these works are now housed at the National Library of Wales.


  • Tour in Scotland 1769. John Monk, 1771
  • A Synopsis of Quadrupeds. John Monk, 1771
  • A Tour in Scotland, and Voyage to the Hebrides 1772. John Monk, 1774
  • Genera of Birds. Balfour and Smellie, 1773
  • British Zoology. Benjamin White, 1776–1777
  • A Tour in Wales. H.D. Symonds, 1778 & 1781
  • A History of Quadrupeds. John Monk, 1781
  • Free Thoughts on the Militia Laws. Benjamin White, 1781
  • The Journey to Snowdon. Henry Hughs, 1781
  • The Journey from Chester to London. Benjamin White, 1782
  • Arctic Zoology. Henry Hughs, 1784–1787
  • Of the Patagonians. George Allan (private press), 1788
  • Of London. Robert Faulder, 1790
  • Indian Zoology. Robert Faulder, 1790
  • A Letter to a member of parliament: On Mail-Coaches. R. Faulder, 1792
  • The Literary Life of the Late Thomas Pennant. Benjamin and J. White, 1793
  • The History of the Parishes of Whiteford and Holywell. Benjamin and J. White, 1796
  • The View of Hindoostan. Henry Hughs, 1798–1800
  • Western Hindoostan. Henry Hughs, 1798
  • The View of India extra Gangem, China, and Japan. L. Hansard, 1800
  • The View of the Malayan Isles, New Holland, and the Spicy Isles. John White, 1800
  • A Journey from London to the Isle of Wight. E. Harding, 1801
  • From Dover to the Isle of Wight. Wilson, 1801
  • A Tour from Downing to Alston-Moor. E. Harding, 1801
  • A Tour from Alston-Moor to Harrowgate, and Brimham Crags. J. Scott, 1804

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