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Robert Glendinning

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Scotland, UK
Death: November 9, 1862 (57)
Turnham Green, Chiswick, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah Glendinning
Father of Frederick Neatham Glendinning; Edward Robert/alt George R Glendinning; Walter Scott Glendinning; Robert Pince Glendinning; John Samuel Glendinning and 3 others

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About Robert Glendinning

Robert Glendinning

Variations of the name: Historical - Glendonwyn; Glenduningis

There are many variations in the spelling of the name – Glendening; Gledowyn; Glendowyne; Glendonyn; Glendonwyn; Glendon; Glendinnin; Clendenning;

Origin of the name – Scottish Territorial surname; taken from the place name Glendonwyne, a parish of Westkirk, Dumfries on record since the 14th Century.

From glyn valley, din fort and gwyn fair, white.

The Glendinnings are a sept of the Douglas Clan and the history of the name goes back to Adam de Glendonwyn who was alive during the reign of Alexander III of Scotland, circa 1286.

Read more and further Crest and history of the name Glendinning

Birth date – 1805

Birth Place –

Baptism/Christening –

Date of Death – 9 Nov 1862

Place of Death – Turnham Green, Chiswick, Middlesex His will – probate date 9 Dec 1862 – effects worth under £4000 - Nurseryman

Parents Father – Mother –

Marriage – Sarah – sole Executrix of his will – Probate 9 Dec 1862 -

Sarah Neatham - married by Special Licence on

Date – 25 April 1837 Place - at St. George, Hanover Square, London, Middlesex [2]


Frederick Glendinning c 1838

George R Glendinning c 1839

Robert P Glendinning c 1842

John S Glendinning c1844

Walter S Glendinning c 1846

Alfred C Glendinning c 1848

Ida Frances Glendinning 1853




In the 1830s Robert Glendinning (1805-1862) was head gardener at Bicton, and was advised on the development of the grounds by James Veitch of Exeter and J C Loudon (Elliott 1986). He was a nurseryman active in the 19th century associated with the Bicton and Poles Park. He set up a nursery in Chiswick in 1843.

Chiswick Nursery

"By the 1770s his nursery had passed into other hands; between 1776 and 1785 Robson and Hodson were running it though nothing is known about them. In 1786 Richard Williams took on the nursery where he remained for forty years. He specialised in heathers and introduced many new plants from the Cape of Good Hope and from Australia. He propagated the Williams Pear which he obtained from a Berkshire schoolmaster and the nursery became predominantly a fruit-growing ground.

The history of the nursery is obscure between 1826 and 1836. A John Graham was there from 1836 until Robert Glendinning took it over in 1843. Glendinning was born in Lanark in 1805 and his Practical Hints on the Culture of Pineapples was published in 1839. He was therefore already an experienced gardener when he took on what was by now the rather neglected Chiswick Nursery. He soon reorganised it and installed new hothouses. He was sufficiently confident about its future to publish a long advertisement in The Gardeners Chronicle in December 1843 announcing the improvements and seeking business.

Glendinning’s horticultural interests were wide-ranging. He specialised in heathers and had a high reputation for conifers and fruit trees. He wrote an article on the transplanting of large trees in the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1849 and published The Pinetum, a list of conifers, ten years later. Robert Fortune’s third expedition to China supplied him with plants including some rhododendrons. By the time of his death in 1862 Glendinning had become so firmly established locally that he was one of the Chiswick Improvement Commissioners. His wife and sons continued the business for nine years after he died until it was taken over by Henry Ewing, “Nurseryman and Florist”." [1]

Family History and Biographical Notes

1851 Census Chiswick Nursery, Chiswick, Middlesex

Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1699; Folio: 486; Page: 46; GSU roll: 193607.

Robert Glendinning Hd m 45 Nurseryman born Scotland

Sarah Glendinning Wi m 39 born Whymondham, Leicestershire

Frederick Glendinning son 13 born Bicton, Devon

Robert P Glendinning son 9 born St. Thomas Devon

John S Glendinning son 7 born Chiswick, Middlesex

Walter S Glendinning son 5 born Chiswick, Middlesex

Alfred C Glendinning son 3 born Chiswick, Middlesex

Catherine C Glendinning daur 6m born Chiswick, Middlesex

1861 Census Chiswick Nursery, Chiswick, Middlesex

Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 780; Folio: 85; Page: 6; GSU roll: 542700.

Robert Glendinning Hd m 55 Nurseryman born Scotland

Sarah Glendinning Wi m 49 born – not given

George R Glendinning Son 21 born Bicton, Devon

Robert P Glendinning son 19 born Exeter Devon

John Glendinning son 17 born Chiswick, Middlesex

Catherine C Glendinning daur 10 born Chiswick, Middlesex

Ida F Glendinning daur 7 born Chiswick, Middlesex

1871 Census

RG10; Piece: 1321; Folio: 21; Page: 36; GSU roll: 828268.RG10; Piece: 1321; Folio: 21; Page: 36; GSU roll: 828268.

Middlesex, Chiswick. Chiswick Nursery

Sarah Glendinning HD Widow 60 Nursery woman born – Leicestershire Wymondham

Robert P Glendinning son 29 born Devon St. Thomas

Catherine S Glendinning daur 20 born Chiswick, Middlesex

Ida F Glendinning daur 17 born Chiswick, Middlesex

Susan Neatham sister-in-law 44 born Little Hempston, Devon

Mobray Thomas Neatham Nephew 10 born Great Malvern Westmorland

1881 Census

Class: RG11; Piece: 1352; Folio: 42; Page: 1; GSU roll: 1341328.

Middlesex, Chiswick

George Henry Hannaford HD M 42 Civil Engineer Middlesex Marylebone

Catherine Sarah Hannaford WI M 30 Middlesex Chiswick

H G Hannaford son u 6 Scholar born Surrey Addiscombe Halbert Glendinning

L B Hannaford son 5 Scholar born Devon Ipplepen Laurence Bickford

C M Hannaford daur 3 born Surrey, Richmond

plus domestic servant

1891 Census

Class: RG12; Piece: 141; Folio 2; Page 2; GSU roll: 6095251.

London, Islington, Upper Holloway – 15 Highgate Hill

Robert P Glendinning HD S 49 Nursery and Gardener Market born Devon Exeter

Ida F Glendinning CI S 37 No Occupation born Middlesex Chiswick

Florence M Carey Cousin S 22 no occupation born Devon Paignton

Herbert G Hereford Nephew 16 no occupation born Surrey Croydon

1891 Census

Class: RG12; Piece: 620; Folio 38; Page 24; GSU roll: 6095730.

Surrey, Richmond

Catherine Hannaford HD Widow Lodging House Keeper born Middlesex Chiswick

Laurence Hannaford So u 15 Clerk Commercial born Devon Ipplepen

Catherine Hannaford Daur 13 Scholar born Surrey, Richmond

1901 Census

Class: RG13; Piece: 659; Folio: 19; Page: 29.

Surrey, South Wimbledon; 97 Merton Road

Robert P Glendinning HD 59 Nurseryman and Seedman born Exeter, Devon

Catherine S Hannaford Sister Widow 50 born Middlesex Chiswick

Ida F Glendinning Sister S 47 born Middlesex Chiswick

FreeBMD Index Entires

Frederick Neatham Glendinning

Year of Registration: 1838

Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar



Volume: 10 page 220

Edward Robert Glendinning Year of Registration: 1839

Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec



Volume: 10 page 204

Laurence Bickford Hannaford

Year of Registration: 1876

Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun

DISTRICT: Newton Abbot


Volume: 5b page 134

Birth JunQ 1877 Catherine Mary Hannaford Richmond, S Vol 2a page 327

Death – 1887 MarQ George Henry Hannaford age 48 Brentford Reg. District Volun=me 3a p67

Death – 1873 JunQ Sarah Glendinning age 61 Croydon 2a 131

Baptism from

Halbert Glendinning Hannaford

Birth – 8 Jan 1875

Christening 23 Jun 1875

Croydon, Surrey

Father George Henry Hannaford

Mother Catherine Sarah

Place: Croydon, Surrey, England;

Collection: St John the Baptist; -; Date Range: 1859 - 1882; Film Number: 994333. Christening Records

Notes, References, Sources/Links, Family Trees etc.==


[2] Hanover Square Registers,com_parksandgardens/task,site/id,403/tab,history/Itemid,292/

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Robert Glendinning's Timeline

Age 33
Devon, England
Age 34
Age 36
Devon, England
Age 38
Middlesex, England
Age 40
Middlesex, England
Age 43
Middlesex, England
Age 45
Middlesex, England
Age 48
Misslesex, England
November 9, 1862
Age 57
Chiswick, Middlesex, England