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Arthur H. Grant

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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 ...


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 ...