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Blackstone, William (bap. 1596?, d. 1675), settler in America and horticulturist, was born to unknown parents. It has been asserted that he was baptized on 5 March 1595 at Whickham in co. Durham, the son of John Blackstone and his wife, Agnes (...

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Lyons, John Charles (1792–1874), horticulturist and antiquary, was born on 22 August 1792, the only child of Charles John Lyons (1766–1796), captain of the 12th light dragoons, and his wife, Mary Anne (d. 1855), daughter of Sir Richard Levinge. His grandfather, who survived his father, was ...

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Menzies, Archibald (1754–1842), naval surgeon and botanical collector, was born at the house of Styx or Stix, near Aberfeldy, Perthshire, on 15 March 1754, the son of James and Ann Menzies. He had three brothers and four sisters, and was educated at the parish school at ...

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Paul, William (1822–1905), horticulturist, was born at Churchgate, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, on 16 June 1822, the second son of Adam Paul (d. 1847), a nurseryman of Huguenot descent, originally from Aberdeenshire, who purchased the Cheshunt nursery in 1806. He was educated at a private school at ...

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Smith, John (1798–1888), botanist and horticulturist, was born on 5 October 1798 at Aberdour, Fife, the son of Alexander Smith, gardener, and his wife, Mary Pye. A basic schooling at Pittenweem, near Grangemuir, ended prematurely when his father lost an apprentice and saw that as an opening for his son in his place. On completing his apprenticeship, ...