Rose Moutray Read

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Rose Moutray Read's house near Wadhurst

Rose Hamilton Moutray Read FRHS (1870–1947) was a British author and horticulturist.

Life and family[edit]

Rose Hamilton Moutray Read was born in 1870, the eldest child of Edith and John Moutray Read, who was a Lt Colonel of the 4th Cheshire Regiment. Her youngest brother was Anketell Moutray Read, who earned a Victoria Cross during the First World War.


Under the pseudonym DH Moutray Read, she wrote the popular "Highways and Byways of Hampshire" volume in the MacMillan Highways & Byways series, in this instance illustrated by portrait painter Arthur Bentley Connor.[1] Moutray Read also wrote a book on the creation of her own garden, with illustrations, plans and photographs.[2] She began gardening with a ten rod allotment in Cottenham Park, Wimbledon, and soon realised that she could not manage without a garden. She purchased an old house and garden of about three quarters of an acre near Wadhurst in Sussex, which was grassland when Moutray Read purchased it.[2]

Moutray Read was a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, and edited the Gardener's Year Book for 1930.[3] Moutray Read was also a member of the Folklore Society, presenting a number of papers, and reviewing books for the society's journal Folklore.


  1. ^ Read, D. H. Moutray; Connor, Arthur B. (1908). Highways and byways in Hampshire. Harvard University. London, Macmillan and Co.
  2. ^ a b Read, D. H. Moutray. (1923). One garden; the intimate chronicle of its making. Williams. OCLC 20861920.
  3. ^ Moutray Read, D.H. (1930). The Gardeners Year Book 1930. Osmania University, Digital Library Of India. Philip Allan And Company Limited.