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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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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, 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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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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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 ...

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Monson [née Vane; other married name Hope-Vere], Lady Anne (c. 1727–1776), botanist and collector of plants and insects, was the eldest daughter of Henry Vane, first earl of Darlington (c.1705–1758), and his wife, Lady Grace Fitzroy (1697–1763); she was thus a great-granddaughter of ...

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Dorothy Graham Renton (1898–1966) by unknown photographer, 1925 National Trust for Scotland; licensor SCRAN

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Renton [née Robertson], Dorothy Graham (1898–1966), gardener, was born at 15 Marshall Place, Perth, on 7 April 1898, the daughter of William Robertson, medical practitioner and medical officer of health, and his wife, Robina, née Conacher. She married in Edinburgh, on 11 September 1922, ...

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See Renton [née Robertson], Dorothy Graham

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Sherriff, George (1898–1967), explorer and plant collector, was born at Carronvale, Larbert, Stirlingshire, on 3 May 1898, the fourth son and youngest of the six children of George Sherriff, a businessman and noted amateur photographer, and his wife, Catharine, an ardent horticulturist, daughter of ...

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Sloane, Sir Hans, baronet (1660–1753), physician and collector, was born at Killyleagh, co. Down, on 16 April 1660, the seventh son of Alexander Sloane (d. 1666). His father, a protestant, was by profession agent for James Hamilton, second Viscount Claneboye and later earl of Clanbrassill...

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Sir Hans Sloane, baronet (1660–1753) by Stephen Slaughter, 1736 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tradescant, John, the elder (d. 1638), gardener and collector, is thought to have been born in England, perhaps in the 1570s. His antecedents are unrecorded but he seems to have had family connections in East Anglia: possible candidates for his parents have been identified at ...

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Tradescant, John, the younger (bap. 1608, d. 1662), gardener and collector, son of John Tradescant the elder (d. 1638) and his wife, Elizabeth Day, was born at Meopham, Kent, and baptized there on 4 August 1608. He was educated between 1619 and 1623 at the ...

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John Tradescant the elder (d. 1638) attrib. Emanuel de Critz [posthumous] Ashmolean Museum, Oxford