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 John Tradescant the Younger

John Tradescant the Younger

Birth
Meopham, Gravesham Borough, Kent, England
Death 22 Apr 1662 (aged 53)
South Lambeth, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England
Burial Lambeth, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England
Plot next to Admiral Bligh
Memorial ID 9896 · View Source
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British naturalist, son of John Tradescant the Elder, who was the naturalist and gardener for Charles I. John Tradescant the younger traveled even further afield than his father, visiting Virginia three times. He introduced the Tulip tree and a Yucca plant, and also increased the collection at the Ark with artifacts from America. The younger John Tradescant also succeeded his father as royal gardener. At the suggestion of Elias Ashmole, he began to catalogue the collection at the Ark, and the Museum Tradescantium was the first museum catalogue published. Tradescant willed that the collection was to go to his widow on his death but Elias Ashmole obtained the collection by deed of gift and established the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford with the collection. Some of these original items can still be seen in that museum and Ashmole is also buried at the Museum of Garden History. The tomb of the Tradescants stands beside the knot garden near that of Captain Bligh of the Bounty, and is covered in carvings representing their interests in life which marked them out as curious men.


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  • Added: 9 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9896
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Tradescant the Younger (4 Aug 1608–22 Apr 1662), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9896, citing St. Mary's Churchyard, Lambeth, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .