Jenner regularly donated prizes to be awarded at the Society's annual exhibition. The Fife Herald of 14 December 1865 covered the monthly meeting of the Largo Field Naturalist's Society. Henry Petheram of Haworth, Lundin Links was in the chair and the main topic of discussion was the forthcoming exhibition, in which there was much public interest. The schedule of prizes was agreed by attendees and printing was given the go-ahead. Details were then given of several donations received by the Society. Among them was "a large collection of minerals and specimens of curious rocks" provided by Charles Jenner. WIlliam Wood of Largo had given "specimens of fossil shells and sea urchins from the English chalk and two varieties of shale from the Methil oil works" and several other interesting items were also listed.
Not only a successful businessman, Jenner, like many entrepreneurial Victorians, had great energy and a broad range of interests. His intellectual pursuits included botany and geology. He also was a great benefactor and contributed to many charities and causes. Jenner died in 1893. His younger brother Sir William Jenner was personal physician to Queen Victoria.
Jenner's department store went on to become the oldest independent department store in the world before its acquisition by House of Fraser in 2005.
(watercolour and ink painting by Annie Lynch)