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William Boutcher, Senior

William Boutcher, senior was a Scottish nurseryman and garden designer active, particularly in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the early-18th century. Boutcher supplied plants and advised on the designs of landscape for, amongst others, the Duke of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, Argyllshire, Scotland in 1721, and for the Earl of Stair at Castle Kennedy, a year later. His style was very similar to that of Charles Bridgeman. He was capable of both formality, variety and irregularity.

Boutcher died in 1738. He was survived by his son, William Boucher, junior, (who died around 1780). Boutcher, junior was also a nurseryman, he had premises at Comely Bank, Edinburgh and wrote A Treatise on Forest-trees (Edinburgh: R. Fleming, 1775).


Brogden, W.A., 'Boutcher, William', The Oxford Companion to Gardens, ed. Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe et. al. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991), p. 69.

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