Shirley Clifford Atchley

Shirley Clifford Atchley OBE CMG (14 January 1871 20 June 1936) was a British diplomat and botanist.

Shirley Clifford Atchley

Born(1871-01-14)14 January 1871
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Died20 June 1936(1936-06-20) (aged 65)
OccupationDiplomat and botanist
Anastasia Zersi Gerasi (m. 1893)
  • Alexandra Ismene Atchley
  • Virginia Athenais Atchley


Atchley was a translator with local rank of First Secretary in HM Diplomatic Service, HM Legation, Athens.[1] He published on the life of Lord Byron in Greece and an account of the flora of Attica with the editorial assistance of W.B. Turrill.[2]


  • Atchley, Shirley Clifford (1938). Wild Flowers of Attica. Oxford: Clarendon Press. OCLC 718341716.
  • Dawkins, R. M. (1939). "Reviewed Work: Wild Flowers of Attica by S. C. Atchley". The Journal of Hellenic Studies. 59 (1): 182–183. doi:10.2307/626986. JSTOR 626986.


Personal life

Atchley married Anastasia Zersi Gerasi in 1893, they had two daughters Alexandra Ismene Atchley and Virginia Athenais Atchley.[5] Alexandra married the diplomat Pierson Dixon,[6] and Virginia also married a diplomat, Claud Russell.[7]

Atchley died while climbing Mount Kyllene,Greece. Although an experienced mountaineer he had been suffering from heart problems, this with the height of the mountain was the apparent cause.[8]


  1. "Atchley, Shirley Clifford". Who's Who. Soho Square, London: A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U192925. ISBN 9780199540884.
  2. Atchley, Shirley Clifford. "Atchley, Shirley Clifford (1871-1936)". Global Plants.
  3. "No. 32941". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1924. p. 4417.
  4. "No. 33566". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1930. p. 5.
  5. "Anastasia Zersi GERASI". Pam Mercier. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. "Alexandra Ismene ATCHLEY". Pam Mercier. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  7. van de Pas, Leo. "Descendants of Mary Tudor, Princess of England: XII-331 (XI-157-3): 3 Sir Claud Frederick William Russell". Ingeborg Brigitte Gastel. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  8. "British Diplomat - Sudden death while climbing in Greece". The Scotsman. 22 Jun 1936. p. 10.