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Mason, William (1725–1797), poet and garden designer, was born on 12 February 1725 at Holy Trinity Church vicarage, Vicar Lane, Kingston upon Hull, the only son of the Revd William Mason (1694–1753), incumbent of Holy Trinity from 1722 to 1753, and his first wife, ...

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William Mason (1725–1797) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1774 Pembroke College, Cambridge

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Lanning Roper (1912–1983) by Valerie Finnis © Valerie Finnis; collection Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

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Roper, Lanning (1912–1983), landscape gardener and journalist, was born on 4 February 1912 at West Orange, New Jersey, USA, the youngest of the three sons of Willet Crosby Roper (1877–1966), a banker, and his wife, Florence Emeline Eveleth (1874–1961). He had a happy and well-regulated childhood in ...

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Switzer, Stephen (bap. 1682, d. 1745), landscape designer and author, was baptized on 25 February 1682 at Micheldever and Stratton parish church, Hampshire, the second of two sons of Thomas Switzer (d. 1697), farmer, and his wife, Mary, née Hapgood (d...