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Salisbury [formerly Markham], Richard Anthony (1761–1829), botanist and horticulturist, was born in Leeds on 2 May 1761, the only son (there were also two daughters) of Richard Markham, a Leeds cloth merchant. His mother was descended from Jonathan Laycock of Shaw Hill...

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Stapledon, Sir (Reginald) George (1882–1960), grassland scientist, was born at Lakenham, Northam, Devon, on 22 September 1882. He was the sixth of seven children of William Stapledon, master mariner and shipping agent, and his second wife, Mary, daughter of William Clibbert, shipbuilder. He also had three half siblings. He was profoundly influenced by his mother's reverence for nature, but uninspired by his time at the ...