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Champion, John George (1815–1854), collector of plants and insects, was born on 5 May 1815 at Edinburgh, the eldest son of Major John Carey Champion (d. 1825) of the 21st Royal North Britain fusiliers, and Elizabeth Herries, daughter of William Urquhart of ...

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Griffiths [née Rogers], Amelia Warren (1768–1858), phycologist and seaweed collector, was born on 14 January 1768 in Pilton, north Devon, the elder daughter of John and Emily Rogers. On 10 March 1794 she married the Revd William Griffiths, vicar of St Issey, Cornwall...

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Holford, Robert Stayner (1808–1892), art and plant collector, was born at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, on 16 March 1808, the only child of George Peter Holford, master in chancery, of Westonbirt, and his wife, Anne, daughter of the Revd Averill Daniel of Lifford, co. Donegal...

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Maries, Charles (1851–1902), plant collector and garden designer, was born in Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire, on 18 December 1851, the youngest of five sons of George Maries (1809–1869), the village cobbler, and his wife, Mary, née Harris (1813–1877). Educated at Hampton Lucy grammar school...

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Monson [née Vane; other married name Hope-Vere], Lady Anne (c. 1727–1776), botanist and collector of plants and insects, was the eldest daughter of Henry Vane, first earl of Darlington (c.1705–1758), and his wife, Lady Grace Fitzroy (1697–1763); she was thus a great-granddaughter of ...

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Sir Hans Sloane, baronet (1660–1753) by Stephen Slaughter, 1736 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sloane, Sir Hans, baronet (1660–1753), physician and collector, was born at Killyleagh, co. Down, on 16 April 1660, the seventh son of Alexander Sloane (d. 1666). His father, a protestant, was by profession agent for James Hamilton, second Viscount Claneboye and later earl of Clanbrassill...

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John Tradescant the elder (d. 1638) attrib. Emanuel de Critz [posthumous] Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Tradescant, John, the younger (bap. 1608, d. 1662), gardener and collector, son of John Tradescant the elder (d. 1638) and his wife, Elizabeth Day, was born at Meopham, Kent, and baptized there on 4 August 1608. He was educated between 1619 and 1623 at the ...

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Tradescant, John, the elder (d. 1638), gardener and collector, is thought to have been born in England, perhaps in the 1570s. His antecedents are unrecorded but he seems to have had family connections in East Anglia: possible candidates for his parents have been identified at ...