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Arnott, Samuel (1852–1930), gardener and politician, was born above his father's baker's shop at the corner of Friar's Vennel, Dumfries, on 30 September 1852, the son of John Arnott (d. 1858) and his wife, Nicholas Richardson. His father, who was descended from a line of farmers and lead miners in the parish of ...

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Barker, John (1771–1849), diplomatist and horticulturist, was born at Smyrna on 9 March 1771. His father, William Barker, of The Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire, was on his way from Florida to India, when ill health caused him to settle at Smyrna. John Barker was educated in ...

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Smithers, Sir Peter Henry Berry Otway (1913–2006), intelligence officer, politician, and gardener, was born on 9 December 1913 at Donisthorpe House, Moor Allerton, Yorkshire, the only child of Captain, later Lieutenant-Colonel, Harry Otway Hirsch Smithers (1877–1941), an officer in the Bedfordshire regiment, and his wife, ...

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Tremayne family (per. 1741–1901), politicians and gardeners, were wealthy Cornwall and Devon landowners whose seat was at Heligan, near St Austell in Cornwall. Their earlier lineage included the lawyer Sir John Tremayne. The Tremaynes were deeply involved in Cornish electoral politics during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, two being elected as tories to the ...

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Williams, John Charles (1861–1939), gardener and politician, was born at Caerhayes Castle, Cornwall, on 30 September 1861, the second son of John Michael Williams (1813–1880), mine owner, banker, and landowner, of Caerhayes Castle, and his wife, Elizabeth Maria (d. 1884), elder daughter of ...

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Wilson, Benjamin (1824–1897), Chartist and horticulturist, was born on 7 August 1824 at Skircoat Green, Halifax. Of humble parentage, he never attended day school, but learned to read at the Wesleyan Sunday school in the village of Skircoat Green, an early centre of both Methodism and radicalism. His autobiography ...