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Aislabie, William (1699/1700–1781), landscape designer and landowner, was probably born at Studley Royal in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of John Aislabie (1670–1742), politician, and his first wife, Anne (d. 1700), daughter of Sir William Rawlinson of Hendon, Middlesex. Details of his education are unknown, beyond that he went on a grand tour in 1720. In 1721 he was returned as an MP for ...

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Barron, William (1805–1891), landscape gardener, was born on 7 September 1805 in Eccles, Berwickshire, the son of John Barron, gardener, and his wife, Betty Johnston. (The year of his birth is usually cited as 1800, as a result of a mistake in his obituary in the ...

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Brown, Lancelot [known as Capability Brown] (bap. 1716, d. 1783), landscape gardener and architect, was baptized on 30 August 1716 at St Wilfrid's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland, the fifth of the six children of William Brown (1676–1720), a yeoman farmer and estate steward, and his wife, ...

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Colvin, Brenda (1897–1981), landscape architect, was born on 8 June 1897 at Simla in India, where her father, Sir Elliot Graham Colvin (1861–1940), became resident in Kashmir (1902) and later agent to the governor-general in Rajputana (1905–17). Her mother, Ethel Bayley, was the elder daughter of ...

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Crowe, Dame Sylvia (1901–1997), landscape architect, was born on 15 September 1901 at 30 Oxford Road, Neithrop, Banbury, Oxfordshire, the daughter of Eyre Crowe, a box and cabinet manufacturer who, because of ill health, retired early to become a fruit farmer near the village of ...

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Jellicoe, Sir Geoffrey Alan (1900–1996), landscape architect, was born on 8 October 1900 at 70 Wynnstay Gardens, Chelsea, London, the younger son of George Edward Jellicoe, publisher's manager, and later publisher, and his wife, Florence Waterson, née Waylett. His parents separated when he was about fourteen and he lived alone with his mother, his teenage older brother having been swept into fighting in the First World War. He attended ...

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Loudon, John Claudius (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer, was born on 8 April 1783 at Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, the eldest son of William Loudon (d. 1809), farmer, of Kerse Hall, Lothian, and his wife, Agnes, née Somers (d. 1831).

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Paxton, Sir Joseph (1803–1865), landscape gardener and architect, was born on 3 August 1803 at Milton Bryan (or Bryant) in Bedfordshire, the youngest of the eight children of William Paxton (1758/9–1810), an agricultural labourer, and his wife, Ann Rooke (1760/61–1823), who is said to have come from ...

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Repton, Humphry (1752–1818), landscape gardener, was born on 21 April 1752 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, the second of the three surviving children of John Repton (bap. 1714, d. 1775), a collector of excise, and his wife, Martha (d. 1773), the daughter of ...

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Roper, Lanning (1912–1983), landscape gardener and journalist, was born on 4 February 1912 at West Orange, New Jersey, USA, the youngest of the three sons of Willet Crosby Roper (1877–1966), a banker, and his wife, Florence Emeline Eveleth (1874–1961). He had a happy and well-regulated childhood in ...