Andrew Ketcham Barnett
Mineral collector and dealer in Penzance, Cornwall, England. He was Principle of the Penzance School of Mines, lectured on mining, and helped to build their mineral collection. He also served as Mayor of Penzance for some years. Cooper (2005) writes of him:
"Barnett was born in Chacewater, Cornwall in 1852. He was an original member
of the Mineralogical Society, a Fellow of the Geological Society from 1875,
and President of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall 1907-1908, having
been awarded their Bolitho Medal in 1906. His classes on mineralogy in 1873
led to the establishment of the Mining and Science School at Penzance of
which he became Principal. He was mayor of Penzance 7 times from 1906 to
1912. Active as a mineral dealer from at least 1876 to 1887 at Chyandour,
Penzance, he specialized in local specimens and occasionally sold minerals
brought back from Australia by "Cousin Jack." In the 1881 Census he
described himself as an assayer. He is the author of the now-rare Elementary
Inorganic Chemistry; lecture notes ca. 1900."
EMBREY, P. G., and SIMS, R. F. (1987) Minerals of Cornwall and Devon. Mineralogical Record,Tucson.
COOPER, M. P. (2006) The History of British Mineral Dealing. Mineralogical Record.
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