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Buckman, James (1814–1884), naturalist and agriculturist, was born on 20 November 1814 in Cheltenham, a son of John Buckman (1767–1851), shoemaker and cordwainer, and his wife, Mary Bishop (b. 1777). He was first articled to Stephen H. Murley, a Cheltenham surgeon-apothecary, who inculcated in him an interest in science. From about 1835 ...

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J. A. S. Watson

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Somerville, Sir William (1860–1932), agriculturist, was born at Cormiston, Lanarkshire, on 30 May 1860, the only child to survive infancy of Robert Somerville (d. 1879), farmer, and his wife, Margaret Alexander. The Somerville family seems to have settled in Lanarkshire in the twelfth century, and at one time held very extensive landed estates, but the ...

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Ernest Clarke

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Wilson, John (1812–1888), agriculturist, was born in London in November 1812, the son of John Wilson and his wife, Matilda. He was educated at University College, London, and afterwards completed his training in Paris, where he studied medicine and chemistry under Payen, Boussingault...