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Bulley, Arthur Kilpin (1861–1942), cotton broker and gardener, was born at Montpellier Lodge, Montpellier Crescent, New Brighton, Cheshire, on 10 January 1861, the fourth son and thirteenth of fourteen children of Samuel Marshall Bulley (1811–1880), cotton broker, and his wife, Mary Rachel (1817–1887)...

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Doubleday, Henry (1810–1902), starch manufacturer and horticulturist, was born on 24 October 1810 at Coggeshall, Essex, the fourth of eight children of William Doubleday (1777–1854) and his wife, Hannah Corder (1779–1819). His parents, staunch Quakers, were shopkeepers. A number of their ancestors had sailed with ...

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Hanbury, Sir Thomas (1832–1907), merchant and gardener, was born at Bedford Road, Clapham, Surrey, on 21 June 1832, the third of five surviving sons and one daughter of Daniel Bell Hanbury (1794–1882), pharmaceutical chemist, and his wife, Rachel, née Christy (1802/3–1876). Daniel Hanbury (1825–1875)...

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Lawson, Charles (1795–1873), seed merchant and agriculturist, was born in Edinburgh on 9 August 1795, the second son of Peter Lawson (d. 1821), seed merchant, who in 1770 founded a successful nursery in Edinburgh, and his first wife, Patricia Grant. He was educated at ...

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Maddock, James (1718–1786), nurseryman and florist, was born on 10 August 1718, at Eaton, Cheshire, the son of Mordecai and Sarah Maddock, active members of the Religious Society of Friends. Maddock made his reputation as a nurseryman first in Lancashire, at Warrington, but after a period working in ...

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Ryder, Samuel (1858–1936), seed merchant and golf sponsor, was born on 24 March 1858 at Walton-le-Dale near Preston in Lancashire, the first son of Samuel Ryder (1823/4–1904), a gardener, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Martin (1822/3–1904), a dressmaker. He had three elder and two younger sisters and two younger brothers. He attended ...

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Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) by unknown photographer, 1930 © PA Photos

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John Sutton (bap. 1777, d. 1863) by unknown photographer Suttons Consumer Products, Paignton, Devon

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Sutton, John (bap. 1777, d. 1863), corn dealer and seedsman, was baptized at St Mary Somerset, London, on 1 June 1777, the fourth son in a family of six sons and four daughters of James Sutton (1744–1789), partner in Sutton and Winckworth, flour factors, and his wife, ...

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Sutton, Martin Hope (1815–1901), seed merchant, was born on 14 March 1815 at Reading, the second of three sons (there were also three daughters, as well as a further son and daughter who died young) of John Sutton (bap. 1777, d. 1863), corn factor, and his wife, ...