James Donn

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James Donn (1758–1813) was an English botanist. He was Curator of the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Cambridge, from 1790 until his death. His most important work was Hortus Cantabrigensis, first published in 1796 but with several later, much expanded, editions. It carried on past his death until 1845.[1]

A copy was given to the Library of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University in 1895.[2]

He became a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 1812[3]

A memorial to James Donn, exists on St Edward the Martyr's church in Cambridge.[4]

A grandson was the English composer William Sterndale Bennett[5]


  1. ^ "James Donn and the succulents of 'Hortus Cantabrigiensis'". open.ac.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  2. ^ James DonnHortus cantabrigiensis: or a catalogue of plants, indigenous and exotic plants at Google Books
  3. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004
  4. ^ Webster, Simon. "Remember James Donn". flickr.com. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Sterndale Bennett, JR "The Life of Sterndale Bennett" pp5&46. Cambridge University Press 1907
  6. ^ "Author Query for 'Donn'". International Plant Names Index.