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William Barron (1805–1891) by unknown photographer Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

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Barron, William (1805–1891), landscape gardener, was born on 7 September 1805 in Eccles, Berwickshire, the son of John Barron, gardener, and his wife, Betty Johnston. (The year of his birth is usually cited as 1800, as a result of a mistake in his obituary in the ...

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Bowes, George (1701–1760), coal owner and landscape builder, was born on 21 August 1701 at Streatlam Castle, near Barnard Castle, co. Durham, the third son of Sir William Bowes (bap. 1657, d. 1707), landowner, of Streatlam, and his wife, Elizabeth Blakiston (...

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Bridgeman [Bridgman], Charles (d. 1738), landscape gardener, was possibly of East Anglian origin. Nothing is known of his parentage or education, although there is some speculation that his father might also have been a gardener (Willis, Bridgeman, 2002). He is first recorded by the inscription '...

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Brown, Lancelot [known as Capability Brown] (bap. 1716, d. 1783), landscape gardener and architect, was baptized on 30 August 1716 at St Wilfrid's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland, the fifth of the six children of William Brown (1676–1720), a yeoman farmer and estate steward, and his wife, ...

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Lancelot Brown [Capability Brown] (bap. 1716, d. 1783) by Nathaniel Dance, c. 1773 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gilpin, William Sawrey (1761/2–1843), landscape painter and landscape gardener, was the second of six children of Sawrey Gilpin (1733–1807), animal painter, and Elizabeth Broom. Gilpin's uncle, his father's older brother, was the author and schoolmaster the Revd William Gilpin (1724–1804). Both Gilpin's great-grandfather ...

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Glenny, George (1793–1874), landscape gardener and writer on horticulture, was born on 1 November 1793 one of at least two sons of a watch-case maker in Clerkenwell, London. Apprenticed in the same trade as his father, in 1815 Glenny married the daughter of a watch-case maker. He worked at this craft at home in ...

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Hamilton, Charles (bap. 1704, d. 1786), landscape gardener, was baptized on 13 November 1704 in Dublin, the fourteenth child and youngest of the nine sons of James Hamilton, sixth earl of Abercorn (c. 1661–1734), and his wife, Elizabeth (1667/8–1754), daughter of Sir Robert Reading, ...

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Sir Geoffrey Alan Jellicoe (1900–1996) by Anne-Katrin Purkiss, 1990 © Anne-Katrin Purkiss; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jellicoe, Sir Geoffrey Alan (1900–1996), landscape architect, was born on 8 October 1900 at 70 Wynnstay Gardens, Chelsea, London, the younger son of George Edward Jellicoe, publisher's manager, and later publisher, and his wife, Florence Waterson, née Waylett. His parents separated when he was about fourteen and he lived alone with his mother, his teenage older brother having been swept into fighting in the First World War. He attended ...

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Kyrle, John [called the Man of Ross] (1637–1724), philanthropist and landscape designer, was born on 22 May 1637 at the White House, in the parish of Dymock, Gloucestershire, the eldest son of three children of Walter Kyrle (d. 1660) of Ross, Herefordshire...

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MacKenzie, Alister [Alexander] (1870–1934), golf course architect and medical practitioner, was born at The Orchard, Normanton, near Leeds, on 30 August 1870, the second of six children of Dr William Scobie MacKenzie (c.1820–1917), medical practitioner, and his wife, Mary Jane Smith...

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Major, Joshua (1786–1866), landscape gardener and designer, was born on 28 August 1786 at the estate village of Owston, near Doncaster, Yorkshire, the third of the three children of Richard Major (1736–1809), a general estate labourer, and his wife, Mary, née Bramma (1742–1830)...

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Mallows, Charles Edward (1864–1915), landscape architect, was born at 2 Charles Street, Chelsea, London, on 5 May 1864, the second son of Lucy Barrell (1829/30–1904) and George W. Mallows (1823/4–1892), a master shoemaker from Bedford. His parents married in 1866 and settled at ...

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Mawson, Edward Prentice (1885–1954), landscape architect, was born in Ambleside, Westmorland, in the Lake District on 16 July 1885, the eldest of the nine children (four boys and five girls) of Thomas Hayton Mawson (1861–1933), landscape architect, and his wife, Anna (b...

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Mawson, Thomas Hayton (1861–1933), landscape architect, was born on 5 May 1861 in Nether Wyersdale, Lancashire, the second of the four children (one daughter and three sons) of John William Mawson, cotton warper, and his wife, Jane Hayton. He was educated at the local church school, and then at the age of twelve joined a builders' business in ...

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Monck [formerly Middleton], Sir Charles Miles Lambert, sixth baronet (1779–1867), architect, landscape designer, and politician, was born in Golden Square, London, on 7 April 1779, the third but only surviving son of Sir William Middleton, fifth baronet (1738–1795), army officer and politician, of ...

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Nesfield, William Andrews (bap. 1794, d. 1881), watercolour painter and landscape gardener, was born in Chester-le-Street, co. Durham, and baptized there on 16 June 1794, the elder son of the Revd William Nesfield, later rector of Brancepeth, and his first wife, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of ...

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Paxton, Sir Joseph (1803–1865), landscape gardener and architect, was born on 3 August 1803 at Milton Bryan (or Bryant) in Bedfordshire, the youngest of the eight children of William Paxton (1758/9–1810), an agricultural labourer, and his wife, Ann Rooke (1760/61–1823), who is said to have come from ...