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B. D. Jackson

revised by Alexander Goldbloom

Curtis, Samuel (1779–1860), nurseryman and magazine editor, was born on 29 August 1779 at Walworth in Surrey. Nothing is known of his early life or education. In 1800 he acquired Walworth nursery which he held until about 1825. In 1801 he married Sarah...


(James) Shirley Hibberd (1825–1890) by unknown photographer Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library


Hibberd, (James) Shirley (1825–1890), journalist and writer on horticulture, was the son of a retired sea captain who had served under Nelson. He was born in the parish of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, and following the early death of his father gave up his wish for a medical career in order to be apprenticed to a ...


G. S. Boulger

revised by William T. Stearn

Masters, Maxwell Tylden (1833–1907), botanist and journal editor, was born at Canterbury, Kent, on 15 April 1833. He was the youngest son of William Masters (1796–1874), a nurseryman and hybridizer of plants. William Masters was also the compiler of a valuable catalogue, Hortus Duroverni...


Stevenson, George (1799–1856), newspaper editor and proprietor and horticulturalist in Australia, was born at Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, on 13 April 1799. After the death of his father, a gentleman farmer, in 1811, he went to sea with an uncle who traded in the ...