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Isaac Anderson (1800–1861)
Isaac Anderson Henry (1861–1884)


Scottish lawyer and horticulturist. Practised as a solicitor in Edinburgh from 1834 or earlier. Retired from practice in 1861, when his wife succeeded to the estates of Woodend, Perthshire, and, as a condition of the entail, took the additional name Henry. Established a garden in Edinburgh known for its many rare plants. Collected plants from the Andes, north-western Himalayas, and New Zealand. Interested in plant hybridisation and acclimatisation. Member of various scientific societies in London and Edinburgh. President of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, 1867–8.


County families 1878

Curtis’s botanical magazine dedications pp. 175–6

Gardeners’ Chronicle, 22 March 1873, p. 399

Post Office Edinburgh directory 1834–84 (1861–84 s.v. Henry, Isaac Anderson)

Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London (1886–7): 42–4.


County families: The county families of the United Kingdom; or, royal manual of the titled & untitled aristocracy of Great Britain & Ireland. By Edward Walford. London: Robert Hardwicke; Chatto & Windus. 1860–93. Walford’s county families of the United Kingdom or royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. London: Chatto & Windus; Spottiswoode & Co. 1894–1920.

Curtis’s botanical magazine dedications: Curtis’s botanical magazine dedications 1827–1927. Portraits and biographical notes compiled by Ernest Nelmes and William Cuthbertson. London: Bernard Quaritch for the Royal Horticultural Society. [1931.]

Post Office Edinburgh directory: Post-Office annual directory and calendar. Post-Office Edinburgh and Leith directory. Edinburgh: Ballantyne & Hughes [and others]. 1845–1908.