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Blair, Patrick (c. 1680–1728), botanist and surgeon, was born at Lethendy, Perthshire, the third son of George Blair (d. 1682), a farmer, and his wife, Euphame. Little is known of his early life, and his date of birth is not certain. He was apprenticed to a surgeon-apothecary from the late 1680s, possibly in ...

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Burnett, Gilbert Thomas (1800–1835), surgeon and botanist, was born in London on 15 April 1800, one of three children of Gilbert Burnett, surgeon, and his wife, Ann. He was reputedly a descendant of Bishop Gilbert Burnet (1643–1715). Educated by Joseph Benson (1778?–1861) at ...

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Castle, Thomas (1805/6–1837), surgeon and botanist, was born in Kent, the youngest son of Slodden Castle, of Sandwich, Kent. After leaving school he became an apprentice of John Gill, a surgeon at Hythe; in his third year he began his first book, which he finished before going to ...

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Daniell, William Freeman (1817–1865), surgeon and botanist, was born at Salford on 16 November 1817, one of three sons of George and Mary Daniell. Nothing is known of his early life or education; he became MRCS on 5 November 1841, at which time he gave a ...

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Ralfs, John (1807–1890), surgeon and botanist, was born at Hill House, Millbrook, near Southampton, on 13 September 1807, the second son of Samuel Ralfs (d. 1808), yeoman, and his wife, Mary. Following the death of his father from typhus, John, his brother, and two sisters were brought up at ...