The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

History of Scottish forestry

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693. The father of planting in Scotland, according to Dr. Walker, was Thomas Earl of Haddington, having begun to plant Binning Wood, which is now of great extent and value, in 1705. But it is stated on an authority almost approaching to certainty, that the fine timber in the lawn at Callender House, in Stirlingshire, was planted by the Earl of Linlithgow and Callender, who had accompanied Charles II. in his exile, upon his return from the Continent after the Restoration. This timber is remarkable, not only for its size, but for its quantity. Planting for timber became very general in Scotland between the year 1730 and 1760, by the exertions and examples of Archibald Duke of Argyle, the Duke of Atholl, the Earls of Bute, Loudon, Hyndford, and Panmure, Sir James Nasmyth, Sir Archibald Grant, Fletcher of Saltoun, and others. It is well ascertained that Sir Archibald Grant began to plant in 1719.