Kew Guild

Category: Biographies of Kewites


Dr. Charles Metcalfe

How did a Kew Guild President help catch the Safebreakers?

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Daniel Bliss, President 1931-32

Former Kew Guild President, Daniel Bliss, honoured at Swansea Botanical Gardens

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Henry Robert Cocker (1906-1995)

Student gardener, Kew, 1928–1933. Gardener, La Mortola, Italy, 1930.  Gardener, Ospedaletti, Italy, 1934.  Superintendent, Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore, Italy, 1934–60.  Horticultural and landscape consultant b. Palmers Green, London, 3 July 1906; d. Venezia, Italy, 3 January 1995 The son of…

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Allan Cunningham (1791-1839)

The King’s Collector for Kew in Brazil, Australia and New Zealand; Colonial Botanist in New South Wales. Assistant to William Aiton at Kew, 1810/11–14. Collector for Kew in Brazil with James Bowie 1814–1816. In Australia and New Zealand 1816–31. Worked…

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Hugh Fraser Macmillan (1869-1948)

  Student gardener at Kew 1893–95. Curator, Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Ceylon, 1895–1925. Horticultural and Agricultural Advisor, Abadan, Persia, 1926–27. b. Baenlick, Glen Urquhart, Inverness, Scotland, 4 June 1869; d. Ealing, Middlesex, England, 19 November 1948 Hugh Macmillan was born…

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KEWITES’ CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD HORTICULTURE

KEWITES’ CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD HORTICULTURE PREFACE This compilation was suggested by Jim Mitchell, President of the Guild in 2012–13, and adopted by the Trustees as an ongoing project in 2015. Aim To demonstrate Kew’s contributions to world horticulture in economic…

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Henry Harold Welch Pearson (1870-1916)

Assistant at Kew, 1899–1903. Foundation Professor of Botany, South African College, Cape Town, 1903–16. Instrumental in foundation of Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, 1913. Collected widely in southern Africa. Studied Gnetales, especially Welwitschia and Gnetum. b. Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England, 28 Jan….

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Amos C. Hartless (18??-1941)

Kew gardener, 1888. At Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta, 1889. To Mungpu, c.1900. Superintendent, Government Gardens, Poona, 1903; Government Gardens, Saharanpur, c. 1906–20. Left India in 1923. Author with particular reference to Indian horticulture. Dates of birth and death unknown Entered…

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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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