SOLLEY Co-ordinator’s Report April 2024

George Solly By George Solly

I have had two contacts since the last Journal:

Recently I heard from Tom Stuart-Smith concerning the Sollys of Serge Hill, and in particular Samuel Reynolds Solly.
I replied with a lengthy genealogy chart featuring Samuel Reynolds Solly and his illustrious brother Richard Horseman Solly, botanist / plant hunter, who named the Australian plant Sollya Heterophylla.
Recently I had correspondence from Lynne Burlingham (whose father, Alan Solly I was in contact with many many years ago sharing Solly family data). Lynne’s husband had recently died and she needed to find a home for considerable amount of Solly material she had researched and amassed over time.
One thought was to donate it to the Sole Society, but we have no physical premises or ability to store it. In consultation with the committee it was decided that the best solution would be for the material to go to Kent County Archives at Maidstone, The Society of Genealogists, London or the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. who are based in Canterbury.  The latter might be particularly interested as the Solly family originated in Kent, and we there is also a Solly coat of arms associated with the family.

Samuel Reynolds Solly
Samuel Reynolds Solly who had a plant named after him