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William Borrer


Botanist. Sought to cultivate every critical British species, together with many hardy exotic plants. Had considerable knowledge of the British genera Salix, Rubus, and Rosa. Contributed to William Jackson Hooker’s British flora (1830). FRS 1835.


R. Desmond 1994



Desmond, Ray. 1994. Dictionary of British and Irish botanists and horticulturists including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers. New edition, revised with the assistance of Christine Ellwood. London: Taylor & Francis and the Natural History Museum. Bristol, Pa.: Taylor & Francis.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.