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Adam, Robert Moyes (1885–1967), photographer and botanist, was born on 1 January 1885 at the Evangelical Union manse, Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the son of John Adam (1841–c.1916), minister in the Evangelical Union church, and Isabella Adam (née Moyes). He was to become a botanist at the ...

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Anna Atkins (1799–1871) by unknown photographer, 1861 © reserved

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Atkins [née Children], Anna (1799–1871), botanist and photographic artist, was born on 16 March 1799 in Tonbridge, Kent, the only child of John George Children (1777–1852), scientist, and his wife, Hester Anne Holwell (d. 1800). Some aspects of her early life are suggested in her pseudo-anonymous biography of her father, but otherwise little is known. ...

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Blackwell [née Blachrie], Elizabeth (bap. 1707, d. 1758), botanical author and artist, was baptized on 22 June 1707 at St Nicholas, Aberdeen, the sixth daughter of a prosperous stocking merchant, William Blachrie (b. c.1669) and his wife, Isobel Fordyce. Elizabeth...

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Craig, Stella Ross- (1906–2006), botanical artist, was born on 19 March 1906 at 61 Gordon Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, one of the three children of John Ross Craig, pharmacist, and his wife, Christina Sinclair, née Lauder. Both her parents were Scottish. On her birth certificate her father signed himself ...

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Dresser, Christopher (1834–1904), designer and botanist, was born on 4 July 1834 in Glasgow, the second son and third of six children of Christopher Dresser, excise officer, of Yorkshire, and his wife, Mary Nettleton, of Norton, near Doncaster, Yorkshire. The family was posted to ...

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Duncan, John (1794–1881), hand-loom weaver and botanist, was born on 19 December 1794 at Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, the illegitimate son of John Duncan, weaver and soldier, from Drumlithie, and Ann Caird (c.1773–c.1830), also of Drumlithie, who decided to support herself and her child by weaving stockings and harvesting at nearby ...

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John Duncan (1794–1881) by unknown engraver, c. 1865–6 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grierson, Mary Anderson (1912–2012), botanical artist, was born on 27 September 1912 at Bodfaen, Craig Y Don Road, Bangor, Caernarvonshire, the youngest of three children of Scottish parents from Dumfries, George Rae Grierson (1872–1935), laundry proprietor, and his wife, Anna, née Shortridge (1876–1945)...

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Hobson, Edward (1782–1830), botanist and weaver, was born on 23 May 1782 in Ancoats Lane, Manchester. When he was three he was taken in by an uncle in Ashton under Lyne following his father's death and the subsequent alcoholism of his mother, while a younger brother remained in ...

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Horsefield, John (1792–1854), botanist and weaver, was born on 18 July 1792, probably at Besses o' th' Barn, near Prestwich, Lancashire, the eldest son of Charles Horsefield (b. 1764). Born 'dead', according to his mother, he was restored to life by a medical attendant but remained a sickly child unable to tolerate the staple ...

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Martin, John (1783–1855), botanist and hand-loom weaver, was born on 17 November 1783 in Tyldesley, Lancashire, the son of a poor shopkeeper and farmer. He lived with his parents, of whom little is known, until about 1802, during which time he received some schooling and began weaving. When he was fifteen he became intensely religious, advocating voluntary poverty. None the less, when his father began losing property to creditors, ...

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Miller, John Sebastian [formerly Johann Sebastian Müller] (1715–1792), engraver and botanist, was born in Nuremberg, Germany, where his father was a gardener at the Stromerischen Garten. He is said to have trained under Christoph Weigel (who died in 1725, however) and, more plausibly, with ...

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Roupell [née Pigott], Arabella Elizabeth (1817–1914), botanist and botanical artist, was born in Newport, Shropshire, on 23 March 1817, the fourth of five daughters (there were also seven sons) of the Revd John Dryden Pigott, rector and squire of Edgmond, Shropshire, and his wife, ...

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Stackhouse, Emily (1811–1870), botanical artist, was born at Modbury vicarage, Devon, on 15 July 1811, the fifth of six children (five girls, one boy) of William Stackhouse (1772–1861), vicar of Modbury, and his wife, Sarah, née Smith (1774–1845). The Stackhouse daughters were educated at home (the only son died of cholera at ...

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Withers [née Baker], Augusta Joanna Elizabeth Innes (bap. 1793, d. 1876), botanical artist, was born at Dowdeswell, Gloucestershire, where she was baptized on 12 July 1793, the daughter of William Baker (1752/3–1826), rector of Dowdeswell, and his wife, Joanna. She married in ...

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Woods, Joseph (1776–1864), architect and botanist, was born at Stoke Newington on 24 August 1776, the second son of Joseph Woods, woollen draper, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Samuel Hoare. Delicate health caused Woods to be removed from school when only thirteen or fourteen years old, and he was mainly self-taught, but became proficient in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, Italian, and modern Greek. At sixteen he was articled to a businessman at ...