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Arnott, Samuel (1852–1930), gardener and politician, was born above his father's baker's shop at the corner of Friar's Vennel, Dumfries, on 30 September 1852, the son of John Arnott (d. 1858) and his wife, Nicholas Richardson. His father, who was descended from a line of farmers and lead miners in the parish of ...

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Beaton, Donald (1802–1863), gardener, was born on 8 March 1802, 'about sixteen miles from the then parish church of Urray, in Strathconon, Rosshire' (Beaton, Autobiography), the son of Donald Beaton. While Beaton was small his father moved the family to ...

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William Harold Coltman (1891–1974) by unknown photographer The Staffordshire Regiment Museum

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Coltman, William Harold (1891–1974), soldier and gardener, was born at The Common, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, on 17 November 1891, the fourth son of Charles Coltman (1851/2–1903), gardener's labourer, and his wife, Annie, née Gopsill. He left school aged thirteen, and helped his mother to support the family after his father's death, working as a journeyman market gardener. On 8 January 1913 he married, at Burton upon Trent record office, ...

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D'Ombrain, Henry Honywood (1818–1905), Church of England clergyman and gardener, was born in Ebury Street, Pimlico, London, on 10 May 1818, the son of Admiral Sir James D'Ombrain (1793–1871), inspector-general of the Coast Guard in Ireland from 1819 to 1849, for which he was knighted in 1844, and his wife, ...

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Eckford, Henry (1823–1905), gardener and hybridist, was born at Stenhouse, near Liberton, Midlothian, on 17 May 1823, the seventh of eight children of James Eckford (1780–1826), a well-to-do farmer, and his wife, Isabel, née Pirie (1794–1876). His father died when he was still in infancy. He attended school in the ...

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Furber, Robert (c. 1674–1756), nurseryman, established his Kensington nursery soon after 1700 near Hyde Park Gate and Kensington Gore, on the west of what became Gloucester Road. About 1706 he married Mary Everton; they had a son.

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Gray, Christopher (1694–1764), nurseryman, was probably the second son of William Gray senior, and his wife, Sarah, of Fulham, Middlesex. William Gray junior, the older son, had a nursery garden in Fulham, at Parson's Lane, later Peterborough Road; but the better-known Fulham garden of the period was the one established before 1700 by the elder ...

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Grigor, James (c. 1811–1848), nurseryman and botanist, lived and worked in Old Lakenham, Norwich, Norfolk. He was the author of the Eastern Arboretum, or, Register of Remarkable Trees, Seats, Gardens … in the County of Norfolk (1841), illustrated with fifty etched plates, issued in fifteen numbers. In the preface ...

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Gurle [Garrle], Leonard (c. 1621–1685), gardener and nurseryman, had one of the earliest general nursery gardens in London from the early 1640s, when he moved from Southwark to a 12 acre site in east London between Brick Lane and Greatorex Street, north of ...

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Hanbury, Sir Thomas (1832–1907), merchant and gardener, was born at Bedford Road, Clapham, Surrey, on 21 June 1832, the third of five surviving sons and one daughter of Daniel Bell Hanbury (1794–1882), pharmaceutical chemist, and his wife, Rachel, née Christy (1802/3–1876). Daniel Hanbury (1825–1875)...

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Harkness, Robert Beagarie (1951–2012), rose breeder, was born on 29 June 1951 at Hitchin Hospital, the second of three children and elder son of John Leigh (Jack) Harkness (1918–1994), rose breeder, and his wife, Betty Catherine, née Moore. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Johnston, Lawrence Waterbury (1871–1958), garden designer and plantsman, was born in Paris on 17 October 1871, the elder son of Elliott Johnston (1826–1901), a member of a well-connected banking family from Baltimore, Maryland, and his wife, Gertrude Cleveland Waterbury (1845–1926), an equally well-connected heiress from ...

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Lee, James (1715–1795), nurseryman, was born in Selkirk, Scotland. He may have been a pupil at the grammar school in Selkirk, as he knew Latin. About 1732 he set out to walk to London, but when he reached Lichfield he caught smallpox. After he had recovered he completed his journey, and may have worked under ...

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George Loddiges (1786–1846) by John Renton Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

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Loddiges, George (1786–1846), nurseryman, was born on 12 March 1786 in Hackney, Middlesex, the second of two surviving sons—he also had at least three sisters, two of whom died in childhood—of Joachim Conrad Loddiges (c.1738–1826), a native of Hanover and the founder of the ...