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Augustus John Smith

(1804—1872) landowner and philanthropist


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(1804–72), English landowner who in 1834 bought a 99-year lease of the Isles of Scilly and started to make at Tresco Abbey a garden which was an intrepid pioneer in its day and remains, in the hands of his descendants, one of the most remarkable gardens in the British Isles. Smith was as original a landlord as he was a gardener, stimulating the enfeebled economy of the islands, introducing compulsory education (long before it existed on the mainland), and playing the role of an energetic paternalistic landlord that was not always appreciated by his tenants.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.


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