Charles Alston (botanist)
Charles Alston (1683 – 22 November 1760) was a Scottish botanist.
In 1715 he went to Leyden to study under the Dutch physician Hermann Boerhaave. On his return to Scotland he became lecturer in materia medica and botany at Edinburgh and also superintendent of the botanical gardens. He was a critic of Linnaeus's system of plant classification.
He was appointed Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 1716, holding the position until 1760.
He married first Robina Lockhart. Issue-
Robina born 21 Jun 1731 in Canongate who married in Edinburgh on 6 Jan 1754 to Alexander Birnie, of Bromhill, b 1708 d before 1770
He married secondly in Canongate, Edinburgh on 3 Oct 1741 to Bethia, b 1706 daughter of John Birnie, of Broomhill.
The tree genus Alstonia is named after him.
- Chambers, Robert & Thomson, Thomas Napier (1857). Alston, Charles. A biographical dictionary of eminent Scotsmen. 1. Glasgow: Blackie and son. pp. 51–52.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Alston, Charles". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- "Alston, Charles". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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