Clan Aiton People

William_AitonWilliam Aiton (1731 1793)
William Aiton was a Scottish botanist. He was born near Hamilton. He trained as a gardner and travelled to London in 1754 where he became an assistant superintendent of the Chelsea Physic Garden. He moved to Kew gardens in 1759 where he became director, a post he held until his death.

In 1789 he published Hortus Kewensis, a catalogue of the plants cultivated there.

He is buried at nearby St. Anne’s Church, Kew.


William Townsend Aiton (1766 – 1894)
Son of William Aiton above he followed his father into the profession of botanist. He extended his father’s work on horticulture and produced an enlarged version of Hortus Kewensis in 1810.