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Blaikie, Thomas (1751–1838), landscape gardener and plant collector, was born at Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, on 2 March 1751, the youngest in the family of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Blaikie, who owned a small market garden at Corstorphine, and his wife, ...

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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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Courten [alias Charleton], William (1642–1702), naturalist and collector, was born in London on 28 March 1642, the son of William Courten, who died insolvent at Florence in 1655, and Lady Katherine Egerton, daughter of John Egerton, first earl of Bridgewater. Sir William Courten (c. 1568–1636)...

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Cox, Euan Hillhouse Methven (1893–1977), plant collector and gardener, was born at Westwood, Balthayock, Perth, on 19 June 1893, the only son of Alfred W. Cox (1861–1943), a member of the Cox Brothers firm of jute spinners and manufacturers that owned the Camperdown...

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Don, George (1798–1856), botanist and plant collector, was born at Doo Hillock, Forfarshire, Scotland, on 17 May 1798, the eldest of the five sons of George Don (1764–1814), clockmaker turned nurseryman, who discovered many highland plants new to Scotland, and principal gardener (1802–6) at the ...

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Douglas, David (1799–1834), plant collector and traveller, was born on 25 June 1799 at Scone, Perthshire, one of six children of John Douglas, a stonemason, and his wife, Jean, née Drummond. Quick to learn but often truant from school owing to his passion for natural history, he was apprenticed at the age of ten in the gardens of the ...

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Drummond, James (bap. 1787, d. 1863), botanist and collector, was born in Inverarity, Scotland and baptized there on 8 January 1787. He was the elder son of Thomas Drummond, gardener; his younger brother, Thomas Drummond, became a collector of North American plants. Little is known of ...

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Drummond, Thomas (bap. 1793, d. 1835), horticulturist and botanical collector, was baptized on 8 April 1793 at Inverarity, Forfarshire, Scotland, the second son of Thomas Drummond, gardener at Fotheringham near Inverarity. He was the younger brother of the botanical collector James Drummond (bap. 1787, d. 1863)...

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Farrer, Reginald John (1880–1920), traveller and plant collector, was born on 17 February 1880 at 3 Spanish Place, Marylebone, the elder of two sons of James Anson Farrer (1849–1925), barrister, whose country home was at Clapham in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and his wife, ...

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Forbes, John (1799–1823), botanical collector, was a pupil of John Shepherd (c.1764–1836), the first curator of the Liverpool Botanic Garden. The Horticultural Society of London dispatched him to the east coast of Africa, and for this he left London in February 1822, in the expedition commanded by ...

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Forrest, George (1873–1932), plant collector, was born at Graham's Road, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, on 13 March 1873, the youngest child of George Forrest, a draper's assistant, and his wife, Mary (née Bain). After attending a school in Falkirk, in 1887 he moved with his family to ...

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Good, Peter (d. 1803), horticulturist and plant collector, was settled near London by 1794, working under William T. Aiton at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In that year Sir Joseph Banks engaged him to be assistant to Christopher Smith (d. 1807), then being sent out to the ...

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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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Henry, Augustine (1857–1930), botanical collector and dendrologist, was born on 2 July 1857 in Dundee, the first of six children of Bernard Henry (c.1825–1891) and Mary MacNamee. His father, at one time a gold-prospector in California and Australia, was a native of the townland of ...

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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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Kennon, Sidney (d. 1754), midwife and collector, whose family background and education are obscure, distinguished herself initially in her services to the royal family, especially to Queen Caroline and Augusta, princess of Wales. The infant George III was delivered by her. Kennon was highly respected for her professional acumen and, at the time of her death, could command ...

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Lobb, William (bap. 1809, d. 1863), plant collector, was born in Perran-ar-worthal, Cornwall and grew up in Egloshayle, where he was baptized on 12 March 1809, the son of John Lobb and his wife, Jane. His father worked first as estate carpenter at ...

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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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Menzies, Archibald (1754–1842), naval surgeon and botanical collector, was born at the house of Styx or Stix, near Aberfeldy, Perthshire, on 15 March 1754, the son of James and Ann Menzies. He had three brothers and four sisters, and was educated at the parish school at ...