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

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Hibberd, (James) Shirley (1825–1890), journalist and writer on horticulture, was born in the parish of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, the son of a retired sea captain who had served under Nelson. He attended the Old Meeting House School, Stepney but, following the early death of his father (who had connections with the printing trade), he gave up his intention to have a career in medicine, and was apprenticed to a ...

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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...