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Mr Robert Ormston Backhouse

Robert Ormston Backhouse was a member of the noted Backhouse family of horticulturalists and naturalists. He was born in 1854, the third son of the horticulturalist and naturalist, William Backhouse (born 1807, died 1869).

Formerly of Wolsingham, County Durham, England, Backhouse moved to Sutton Court, Sutton St. Nicholas, Herefordshire, England in 1886. There he began to breed new cultivars of daffodil, many of which became commercially successful. He continued this practice until his death at his home at Sutton Court on 4 April 1940.

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Further Reading:

Davis, Peter, ‘Backhouse family (per. c.1770–1945)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) < > [accessed 21 Nov 2008]

'The Backhouses of Weardale, Co. Durham, and Sutton Court, Hereford: Their Botanical and Horticultural Interests', Garden History, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring, 1990), pp. 57-68.

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