Loudon, John Claudius

BORN 8 Apr 1783, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire - DIED 14 Dec 1843, London: 3 Porchester Terrace
CAUSE OF DEATH lung disease
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (074/PS (4547))

John Claudius Loudon was the son of a farmer. He studied botany and agriculture in Edingburgh. In 1803 he published "Observations on Laying out the Public Spaces in London". He worked on the layout of farms in South Scotland, first being employed by Geroge Frederick Stratton in 1808. Although he limped he toured Europe in 1813-1814. In 18322 his "Encyclopedia of Gardening" was published and in 1826 he founded the Gardener's Magazine, the first of its kind.

He suffered from rheumatism and artritis and his right arm was amputated in 1826. After that he wrote with his left hand and a draughtsman executed his designs. In 1830 he met Jane Webb, the author of the early science-fiction story "The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century". They married seven months later and had a daughter, Agnes. In 1832 he developed a theory called Gardenesque and the term landscape architecture became widely known after he used it in his writings.

Loudon designed the Bath Abbey Cemetery and the Histon Road Cemetery in Cambridge and he had a huge influence on other designers. His design for Southampton Old Cemetery (1842) wasn't executed. He died in 1843 in London.

• Daughter: Loudon, Agnes
• Wife: Loudon, Jane (1830-1843)


The grave of John Claudius Loudon and Jane Loudon at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (17 Aug 2017)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
John Claudius Loudon - Wikipedia

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Published: 02 Sep 2018
Last update: 19 Apr 2020