Benjamin Samuel Williams

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Engraved portrait of Williams, published with his obituary in Vol. IX of The Orchid Album
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Benjamin Samuel Williams (2 March 1822 – 24 June 1890),[1] English orchidologist and nurseryman in London, known mainly for his horticultural notes on orchids in publications such as The Orchid Grower's Manual (London 1871), Select Orchidaceous Plants (London 1862 onwards) and The Orchid Album (London 1882-97).

Williams' father James was gardener to Robert Warner, the botanist, at Hoddesdon, and Benjamin began working under his father at the age of fourteen. He first gained prominence as an orchid grower when he was hired by the orchid collector C. B. Warner, whose orchids soon began winning prizes at top orchid shows.[2] Williams was a business partner of Robert Parker's in a nursery at Seven Sisters Road in Holloway between 1854 and 1861, and later moved to the nearby Victoria and Paradise Nurseries.[3]

This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation B.S.Williams when citing a botanical name.[4]


  1. ^ –Obituary for Benjamin Samuel Williams, frontispiece Volume IX of Orchid Album–
  2. ^ Robert Warner (F.R.H.S.); Benjamin Samuel Williams; Thomas Moore; Henry Williams; William Hugh Gower (1891). The Orchid Album, Comprising Coloured Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare, and Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants. B. S. Williams. pp. 14–. 
  3. ^ George Glazer Gallery - Antique Botanical Prints - Orchid Album: J.N. Fitch - B.S. Williams - R. Warner
  4. ^ Brummitt, R. K.; C. E. Powell (1992). Authors of Plant Names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 1-84246-085-4. 

Volume IX of Orchid Album