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Hanbury, Sir Thomas (1832–1907), merchant and gardener, was born at Bedford Road, Clapham, Surrey, on 21 June 1832, the third of five surviving sons and one daughter of Daniel Bell Hanbury (1794–1882), pharmaceutical chemist, and his wife, Rachel, née Christy (1802/3–1876). Daniel Hanbury (1825–1875)...

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Lawson, Charles (1795–1873), seed merchant and agriculturist, was born in Edinburgh on 9 August 1795, the second son of Peter Lawson (d. 1821), seed merchant, who in 1770 founded a successful nursery in Edinburgh, and his first wife, Patricia Grant. He was educated at ...

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Ryder, Samuel (1858–1936), seed merchant and golf sponsor, was born on 24 March 1858 at Walton-le-Dale near Preston in Lancashire, the first son of Samuel Ryder (1823/4–1904), a gardener, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Martin (1822/3–1904), a dressmaker. He had three elder and two younger sisters and two younger brothers. He attended ...

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Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) by unknown photographer, 1930 © PA Photos

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Sutton, Martin Hope (1815–1901), seed merchant, was born on 14 March 1815 at Reading, the second of three sons (there were also three daughters, as well as a further son and daughter who died young) of John Sutton (bap. 1777, d. 1863), corn factor, and his wife, ...