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[From British Naturalists in Qing China, 2004, by Fa-Ti Fan]: p. 164: William Kerr (? - 1814). Gardener. Collected plants for Kew Gardens in Canton, 1803-1812, before moving to Ceylon as the superintendent of its colonial botanical garden. Generally failed in his duties as a botanical collector in China.
p. 25: Despite the impressive title of Royal Gardener, William Kerr had "no one...to associate with" in the Factory.....the small salary Kerr received from Kew Gardens also trapped him in disgrace. While the sum of £100 a year might have been a passable income for a gardener in England, in Western China, it was a pittance.

[From The Gardeners' Chronicle, January 21, 1899]: In 1803, William Kerr was appointed botanical collector in China for Kew, whither he sent numerous living plants, including the familiar Kerria japonica.
 
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