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Blaikie, Thomas, 1751-1838, gardener

  • VIAF ID: 27223442 (Personal) Permalink: http://viaf.org/viaf/27223442
  • Person
  • 1751-1838

Thomas Blaikie was born in 1751 in Corstorphine, the son of a market gardener. It is suggested he may have been a student gardener at RBGE and possibly then worked at Kew, the Hammersmith nursery and Upton House in East Ham for Dr John Fothergill. He was engaged jointly by Dr Fothergill and Dr William Pitcairn to undertake a plant collecting trip in the Swiss Alps from April to December 1775. In September 1776 James Lee of the Hammersmith Nursery engaged Blaikie to provide plants for the Comte de Lauraguais and he was subsequently employed to work on the Comte’s garden in Normandy. From 1778 he was employed in the gardens at Bagatelle by the Comte D’Artois, the youngest brother of Louis XVI and future Charles X. He also worked at St Leu, Monceau and Le Raincy for the Duc de Chartres (who later became Duc D’Orleans and then Philippe Égalité) and undertook a number of private commissions. It is also thought that he was involved in making alterations to the gardens at Malmaison.

Blaikie is credited with introducing the English style of gardening and British gardeners to France, where his method of grafting came to be known as ‘graffe Blaikie’. He died at his house on the rue de Vignes in Paris in 1838. His diaries covering the period 1775 to 1792 were published in 1931, entitled ‘Diary of a Scotch Gardener at the French Court at the end of the Eighteenth Century’.

Boissier, Pierre Edmond

  • VIAF ID: 57361312 (Personal); ISNI: 0000 0000 8385 3551
  • Person
  • 1818-1885

Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland

  • BSBI
  • Corporate body
  • 1836-present

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) is a scientific society for the study of flora, plant distribution and taxonomy relating to Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The society was founded as the Botanical Society of London in 1836, and became the Botanical Society of the British Isles, eventually changing to its current name in 2013. It includes both professional and amateur members and is the largest organisation devoted to botany in the British Isles (Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botanical_Society_of_Britain_and_Ireland). https://bsbi.org/

Bowles, Edward Augustus

  • GB/NNAF/P162208
  • Person
  • 1865-1954

Horticulturist, plantsman and garden writer.

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