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Astor, William Waldorf, first Viscount Astor (1848–1919), property owner and newspaper proprietor, was born on 31 March 1848 in New York, the only child of John Jacob Astor (1822–1890), manager of the family estate, and his wife, Charlotte Augusta Gibbes (1825–1887). He was educated privately and at ...

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William Waldorf Astor, first Viscount Astor (1848–1919) by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1898 Cliveden, The Astor Collection (The National Trust) NTPL / John Bethell

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B. D. Jackson

revised by Alexander Goldbloom

Curtis, Samuel (1779–1860), nurseryman and magazine editor, was born on 29 August 1779 at Walworth in Surrey. Nothing is known of his early life or education. In 1800 he acquired Walworth nursery which he held until about 1825. In 1801 he married Sarah...

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(James) Shirley Hibberd (1825–1890) by unknown photographer Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

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Hibberd, (James) Shirley (1825–1890), journalist and writer on horticulture, was the son of a retired sea captain who had served under Nelson. He was born in the parish of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, and following the early death of his father gave up his wish for a medical career in order to be apprenticed to a ...

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G. S. Boulger

revised by William T. Stearn

Masters, Maxwell Tylden (1833–1907), botanist and journal editor, was born at Canterbury, Kent, on 15 April 1833. He was the youngest son of William Masters (1796–1874), a nurseryman and hybridizer of plants. William Masters was also the compiler of a valuable catalogue, Hortus Duroverni...

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McCombie, William (1809–1870), farmer and journalist, was born on 7 May 1809 at Alford, Aberdeenshire, the son of William McCombie, farmer, and his wife, Marjory Wishart. McCombie received little formal education and was largely self-educated under the influence of his mother. The Spectator...

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Russell, George William [pseud. A. E.] (1867–1935), journalist, poet, and agricultural economist, was born on 10 April 1867 at William Street, in the Ulster town of Lurgan, the youngest of three children of Thomas Elias Russell (1822?–1900), a bookkeeper employed by Bell & Co....

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George William Russell (1867–1935) by John Butler Yeats, 1903 National Gallery of Ireland

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Stevenson, George (1799–1856), newspaper editor and proprietor and horticulturalist in Australia, was born at Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, on 13 April 1799. After the death of his father, a gentleman farmer, in 1811, he went to sea with an uncle who traded in the ...