Kew Guild

Category: Biographies of Kewites


Philip MacMahon (1857–1911)

Kew gardener 1881. Curator, Botanic Gardens, Hull, 1882. On botanical exploration to Central America. In India 1887. To Victoria, Australia, 1888. Curator, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, 1889. Director of Forests, Queensland, 1905. b. Dublin, Ireland, 13 December 1857; d. Fraser Island,…

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Robert MacKenzie Cross (1836–1911)

Kew gardener, 1857.  Collector of cinchona and rubber.  To Ecuador for Cinchona, 1859;  Panama for Castilla, 1875;  Brazil for Hevea, 1876. b. Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, 1836; d. Torrance, Stirlingshire, 1 March 1911 Robert Cross entered Kew as a gardener in…

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Henry James Murton (1853–1882)

Kew gardener 1873. Superintendent, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1875–1880. Exchanged plants with Kew. b. Cornwall, England, 1853; d. Bangkok, Siam, 20 Sept. 1882 Murton entered Kew at the age of 20 in April 1873, leaving a year later to take charge…

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Peter Good (17?? – 1803)

Seed and plant collector for Kew on HMS Investigator b. Scotland, 17??; d. Sydney, New South Wales, 12 June 1803 After early experience in Scotland, Good worked as a foreman at the Royal Gardens at Kew, probably from about 1794….

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Berthold Carl Seemann (1825–1871)

Botanist, plant collector, including voyage of HMS Herald 1847–1851, central America, Fiji; writer b. Hannover, Germany, 28 Feb. 1825; d. Nicaragua, 10 Oct. 1871. A native of Hannover, Seemann entered Kew as a gardener in 1844, working under the curator,…

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Albert Edward Peter Griessen (1875–1935)

Kew Gardener, 1896. At Botanic Gardens, Calcutta, 1898. Superintendent, Taj Gardens, 1900; at Delhi 1913, Deputy Director (Garden Circle), Agricultural Department, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh. b. London, England, 1875; d. London, England, 6 Oct 1935 Born in London…

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Petwood: A William Goldring Garden in Lincolnshire?

William Goldring (May 1854-1919) was a landscape architect, and naturalist. Goldring arrived at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1875) where he was in charge of the Herbaceous Department at the word-famous botanical garden. He served as the Assistant Editor of…

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George Samuel Jenman (1845–1902)

Kew gardener, 1871. Superintendent, Castleton Gardens, Jamaica, 1873. Government botanist and superintendent, British Guiana, 1879. Assisted in the development of sugar cane as a commercial crop. b. near Plymouth, Devon, 24 August 1845; d. Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana, 28 February…

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Alice Hutchings (Mrs W.H. Patterson) (18??–1944)

One of the first female gardeners at Kew   Horticultural College for Women, Swanley, Kent; Kew gardener, 1896–1899 b. England?, 18??; d. England, 24 Jan. 1944 In 1896, Alice Hutchings and Annie Gulvin were the two first women gardeners employed…

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John Dallachy (18??-1871)

Gardener at Kew mid-1840s.  Gardener to Earl of Aberdeen at Haddo House.  Manager, coffee plantation, Ceylon, 1847.  Moved to Australia 1849.  Gardener, Melbourne, Victoria, 1849.  Superintendent, Melbourne Botanic Gardens, 1849–57; curator of herbarium, 1857–61.  Nurseryman, Prahran, Victoria.  Collected plants in…

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