Hi Andrew & Listers:
If you google WILLIAM LINNAEUS GARDNER and look under "the Guardian" you will
find a very interesting article on him written on Dec 8 2003; WLG (1770-1835) was born
into a prominent loyalist American family who lived on the banks of the Hudson. After the
defeat of the British (in the American War of Independence) at Yorktown in 1781, the
family left America for England. WLG then went to India to seek his fortune. I read
somewhere else that the family had some connection with Carl Linnaeus,( the famous
botanist who devised the system of nommenclature for the plants) for whom WLG was named..
There is a lovely statue of Carl Linnaeus as a young man in the Chicago Botanical Garden
not far from where I live.
Andrew Sellon <andrew(a)sellon.vispa.com> wrote:
Gardner Family wrote:
The life of Col William Linaeus Gardner has been very well documented
I can not help but wonder if the name 'Linaeus' might be an alternative spelling
of the name
'Linnaeus', that of the great Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus of the C18th;
perhaps an earlier Gardner was a keen naturalist, (rather than a present day relative
eking out a living in northern India as a farmer)?