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Blackstone, John (1712–1753), apothecary and botanist, was born at Harefield, Middlesex, the eldest of three sons of Edward Blackstone (d. 1730), ironmonger and citizen of London, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Francis Ashby of Brakspeare, Harefield. In 1729 he was apprenticed to ...

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Dent, Peter (1628/9–1689), apothecary and naturalist, the son of Peter Dent of Cambridge, was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1649/50. He acquired properties in the parish of St Sepulchre, Cambridge, soon after 1650 and was in practice there by 1657. These properties, which he improved during his tenure, included a small leasehold shop at ...

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Henry, Thomas (1734–1816), apothecary and chemist, was born on 28 September 1734 at Wrexham, Wales, the third of five children and the second of three sons of William Henry. His parents kept a school but his father was best known as a dancing-master. Of his elder brother, ...

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Keating, Thomas (c. 1787–1870), chemist and druggist, was born in Homerton, Middlesex, the son of William Keating, attorney. Little is known of his early life but the court minute-book of the Wheelwrights' Company records that he was admitted to the company by redemption on 3 July 1812 and admitted to the livery on 20 October 1815. It was probably in the former year that he took over the retail chemist's business of ...

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Lane, Timothy (1734–1807), apothecary and natural philosopher, was born in June 1734 in London, the elder son of the two sons and three daughters of Timothy Lane (1705–1741), apothecary and member of the Society of Apothecaries in London, and his wife, Mary. On 5 April 1757 ...

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Morgan, Hugh (c. 1530–1613), botanist and apothecary, was the elder son of John Morgan of Great Bardfield, Essex, and his wife, Joan, daughter of Richard Copcott of Buckinghamshire. Hugh's brother John was to succeed to the family estates. Hugh was apprenticed to a ...

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Preston, George (1664/5–1749), apothecary and botanist, was the sixth child and fourth son of Sir Robert Preston and his second wife, Margaret Bothwell. Charles Preston (1660–1711), professor of botany in the University of Edinburgh, was his older brother. The place of his birth is not recorded, although the ...

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W. W. Webb

revised by Scott Mandelbrote

Sherard, James (1666–1738), apothecary and botanist, and son of George Sherard or Sherwood of Bushby in Leicestershire, and Mary, his second wife, was born at Bushby on 1 July 1666. William Sherard (1659–1728) was his brother. On 7 February 1682 he was apprenticed to ...

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G. S. Boulger

revised by Anita McConnell

Sole, William (1741–1802), apothecary and botanist, was born at Thetford, Norfolk, the eldest son of John Sole and his wife, Martha, the daughter of John Rayner, banker, of Ely. The family claimed to have originated at Soules in Normandy, and to have settled in ...

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D'A. Power

revised by Juanita Burnby

Wheeler, Thomas (1754–1847), apothecary and botanist, second son of Thomas Wheeler (bap. 1710, d. 1769/70), and his wife, Susan Rivington, was born on 24 June 1754 in Basinghall Street, London, where his father practised as an apothecary. Mrs Cibber, the actress, was his father's first cousin. His grandfather, ...