James Donn

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James Donn (1758–1813) was an English botanist and gardener.[1] He was trained by William Aiton, a protege of Sir Joseph Banks and was Curator of the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Cambridge, from 1790 until his death.[2][3] His most important work was Hortus Cantabrigiensis, first published in 1796 but with several later, much expanded, editions. It carried on past his death until 1845.[4]

A copy was given to the Library of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University in 1895.[5]

He became a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 1812.[1]

A memorial to James Donn, exists on St Edward the Martyr's church in Cambridge.[6]

A grandson was the English composer William Sterndale Bennett.[2][7]


  1. ^ a b Walters, S. Max (2004). James Donn. Oxford: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "James Donn". Botanical Collection Managers Group. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  3. ^ Walters, Stuart Max (1981). The shaping of Cambridge botany : a short history of whole-plant botany in Cambridge from the time of Ray into the present century ; publ. on the occasion of the sesquicentenary of Henslow's New Botanic Garden, 1831-1981. Cambridge u.a.: Univ. Pr. p. 45. ISBN 0521237955. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. ^ "James Donn and the succulents of 'Hortus Cantabrigiensis'". open.ac.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  5. ^ James DonnHortus cantabrigiensis: or a catalogue of plants, indigenous and exotic plants at Google Books
  6. ^ Webster, Simon. "Remember James Donn". flickr.com. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  7. ^ Sterndale Bennett, JR "The Life of Sterndale Bennett" pp5&46. Cambridge University Press 1907
  8. ^ IPNI.  Donn.