James Bateman was born in 1811 at Redivals, near Bury in Lancashire, England and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a 19th-century landowner and amateur gardener. He was also a keen orchid collector. He was responsbile for several books on the subject including the Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala, published between 1837 and 1843. From about 1840, he built a mansion and made a remarkably exotic, compartmented garden at Biddulph, Staffordshire, known as Biddulph Grange. He later moved to Kensington in 1860 and died in Worthing in 1897.
Hadfield, Miles, Robert Harling and Leonine Highton, British Gardeners: A Biographical Dictionary (London: A. Zwemmer Ltd., 1980), pp. 29-30.