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William Aislabie (1699/17001700–1781) by Jonathan Richardson The Burghley House Collection

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Aislabie, William (1699/1700–1781), landscape designer and landowner, was probably born at Studley Royal in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of John Aislabie (1670–1742), politician, and his first wife, Anne (d. 1700), daughter of Sir William Rawlinson of Hendon, Middlesex. Details of his education are unknown, beyond that he went on a grand tour in 1720. In 1721 he was returned as an MP for ...

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Allen [née Gill], Marjory, Lady Allen of Hurtwood (1897–1976), landscape architect and promoter of child welfare, was born on 10 May 1897 at Hazelstubbs, Gravel Hill, Bexleyheath, the daughter of George Joseph Gill (c.1860–1947), a water-rate collector, and his wife, ...

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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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Busch, John (c. 1730–1795), nurseryman and landscape gardener, was born at Lüneburg, Hanover. Christened Johann, he later signed himself Johann Busch, John Busch, or John Bush. The family retained the spelling Busch. Although his early education and training are uncertain, it is likely that he studied gardening in ...

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Carruthers [née Torrie], Pamela Isabel Jameson (1916–2009), showjumping course designer, was born on 11 August 1916 at 19 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, the only child of Thomas George Jameson Torrie (1880–1916), a lieutenant-colonel in the Life Guards, and his wife, Esmé Muriel, née...

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Clark, Herbert Francis [Frank] (1902–1971), landscape architect, was born in the Women's Hospital, San Miguel, Manila, Philippines, on 30 August 1902, the only son of Donald McLeod Clark (b. 1865), managing director of Smith, Bell & Co., jute and copra exporters, and his wife, ...

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Colt, Henry Shapland [Harry] (1869–1951), golf course architect, was born on 4 August 1869, in Bishopwood House, Highgate, when his first name was given as Henry (though he was always known as Harry), the son of George Nathaniel Colt, a barrister, and his wife ...

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Brenda Colvin (1897–1981) by unknown photographer, 1962 Colvin and Moggridge, Landscape Architects

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Colvin, Brenda (1897–1981), landscape architect, was born on 8 June 1897 at Simla in India, where her father, Sir Elliot Graham Colvin (1861–1940), became resident in Kashmir (1902) and later agent to the governor-general in Rajputana (1905–17). Her mother, Ethel Bayley, was the elder daughter of ...

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Dame Sylvia Crowe (1901–1997) by Kelvin Brodie, 1975 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Crowe, Dame Sylvia (1901–1997), landscape architect, was born on 15 September 1901 at 30 Oxford Road, Neithrop, Banbury, Oxfordshire, the daughter of Eyre Crowe, a box and cabinet manufacturer who, because of ill health, retired early to become a fruit farmer near the village of ...

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Emes, William (1729/30–1803), landscape designer and gardener, whose early life is obscure, took up the post of head gardener to Sir Nathaniel Curzon at Kedleston, Derbyshire, on 8 September 1756. He remained there until 1760, perhaps leaving his post because the appointment of ...

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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 ...