Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Collinson, Peter, an enthusiastic horticulturist, was born in 1694, either in London or near Windermere, being of a Westmoreland family belonging to the Society of Friends. He was a woollen-draper, but kept up a large garden till 1749 at Peckham, and subsequently at Mill Hill. He employed John Bartram to collect novelties for him in America, and was the friend and correspondent of Franklin, Linnaeus, Sloane, Derham, and other naturalists of his time. He contributed to the Gentleman's Magazine from 1751 to 1766, was made F.R.S. in 1728, and F.S.A. in 1737, and died in London in 1768.