William Aiton

William Aiton William Aiton (17312 February 1793) was a Scottish botanist.

Aiton was born near Hamilton. Having been regularly trained to the profession of a gardener, he travelled to London in 1754, and became assistant to Philip Miller, then superintendent of the Chelsea Physic Garden. In 1759 he was appointed director of the newly established botanical garden at Kew, where he remained until his death. He effected many improvements at the gardens, and in 1789 he published ''Hortus Kewensis'', a catalogue of the plants cultivated there. He is buried at nearby St. Anne's Church, Kew.

A second and enlarged edition of the ''Hortus'' was brought out in 1810–1813 by his eldest son, William Townsend Aiton.

Aiton is commemorated in the specific epithet ''aitonis''. Provided by Wikipedia

by Aiton, William
Published 1789
printed for George Nicol, bookseller to His Majesty, Pall Mall

by Aiton, William
Published 1811
Printed by Wilson & Paul

by Aiton, William
Published 1805