Elizabeth Anderson Gray 1831 – 1924

Elizabeth Gray (nee Anderson) lived in Glasgow and she was renowned for her extensive collecting of fossils from the Ordovician and Silurian rocks of the Girvan area of Ayrshire. She made an important contribution to Scottish geology and is regarded as one of the foremost Scottish fossil collectors.

In 1869 she attended lectures at Glasgow University. Joint research she undertook with her husband, Robert Gray, was published under his name only. She was an honorary member of the Geological Society of Glasgow and Fellow of the Royal Physical Society Edinburgh. She was great friends with geologist Charles Lapworth and the fossil collector Jane Donald Longstaff.

In 1903 at the age of 72 She received the Murchison Fund from the Geological Society of London for her lifetime contribution to the study of Ordovician and Silurian stratigraphy through her meticulous collecting, recording and labelling of her fossil collection. Elizabeth was still actively collecting fossils at the age of 92. Most of her collection was purchased by the Natural History Museum in London in 1920-1, just a couple of years before she died.

She had two daughters Alice and Edith, who carried on her work after her death. Alice and Edith sold further collections of fossils to the Natural History Museum in 1937 and 1947.

Derived from text provided by Professor Cynthia Burek.