Birth: 30 October 1785

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Nantwich, Cheshire

Baptism: 8 December 1785

Place of Baptism: Presbyterian or Unitarian, Nantwich, Cheshire

Death: 4 December 1841

Place or Registered Place of Death: Manchester, Lancashire

Father: Eddowes Bowman (1758-1844)

Mother: Catherine Eddowes (1759-1851)

Spouse(s): Elizabeth Eddowes

Date of Marriage: 6 July 1809

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: St. Chad, Shrewsbury, Shropshire


Eddowes Bowman (1810-)
Eliza Bowman (1812-)
Henry Bowman (1814-)
William Bowman (1816-1892)
John Eddowes Bowman (1819-1856)


John Eddowes Bowman was a banker at Nantwich. He was also a botanist and geologist. His parents were Eddowes Bowman and Catherine. He had a brother, Henry Bowman, born 9 November 1788, baptised at the Presbyterian Or Unitarian, Nantwich, Cheshire on 14 December 1788. Henry was buried at St. Chad's Churchyard in 1823. He also had a sister, Catherine who was born 19 June 1792 and baptised 18 July 1792.

The Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Volume 10 - 1842
John Eddowes Bowman, Esq., was born at Nantwich in Cheshire, on the 30th October, 1785. He was in early life confined to business during more than twelve hours of the day, and yet contrived, by early rising, to cultivate a taste for botany, which he had imbibed from his father. The small town in which he lived furnished no persons of congenial pursuits with whom he could associate, but this circumstance, though it limited his progress, did not damp his ardour. He became the manager of a bank at Welch Pool, and with an income extremely limited, was not only enabled to give a liberal education to his rising family, but, by the help of such books and instruments as he could purchase, to extend his studies to many branches of natural science with great zeal and success. In 1824 he became a partner in a banking establishment in Wrexham, from which he retired in 1830, and never entered into business again; for being in possession of a moderate competence, he willingly relinquished together the profits and the cares of active life, in exchange for the tranquil happiness he hoped to enjoy from the undivided pursuit of those sciences of which he had ever been passionately fond. Hitherto he had been able to follow them only as a recreation, having never allowed their cultivation to encroach on the time set apart for business; yet he had already, from the ample stores around him, acquired extensive collections in the departments of botany and geology, which were his favourite studies.

In 1837 he transferred his residence to Manchester, where he intended to pass the remainder of his life. During his short abode in that great emporium of manufactures and commerce he endeavoured by all the means in his power to advance and diffuse a love for science, and especially for natural history ; and by his associates in the different societies of that place his memory will be warmly cherished. He had looked forward with much interest to the approaching meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in that town, but this hope was not realized. He died after a sudden illness on the 4th December last.

Eddowes Bowman was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire on 12 November 1758. He died in Shrewsbury, Shropshire 30 September 1844. Catherine Eddowes was born in Shrewsbury on 5 October 1759 and baptised at High Street-Nc, Shrewsbury, Shropshire on 4 November of the same year. She died At Belmont in Shresbury 28 March 1851 aged 91. Her parents were Joshua Eddows and Lydia Phillips.

Eddowes Bowman and Catherine Eddowes were married in Shrewsbury on 25 November 1784.

The Christian Reformer - May 1851
March 28, at her residence, Belmont, Shrewsbury, aged 91, Catherine, relict of the late Eddowes Bowman, Esq., formerly of Nantwich.

John Eddowes Bowman