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William Aiton (17311793), botanist, was appointed director in 1759 of the newly established botanical garden at Kew, where he remained until his death. He effected many improvements at the gardens, and in 1789 he published Hortus Kewensis, a catalogue of the plants cultivated there William Townsend Aiton (17661849), botanist, was born in Kew and succeeded his father William Aiton as director at Kew Gardens in 1793. He was one of the founders of the Royal Horticultural Society. He retired in 1841 but remained living at Kew, although passing much of his time with his brother at Kensington where he died in 1849. He is buried in St Anne's churchyard Richard Cook (19572007), British jazz writer, magazine editor and former record company executive, was born in Kew Stephen Duck (c.17051756), poet, lived in Kew Prince Friso of the Netherlands (19682013) lived in Kew Liberal Party leader Jo Grimond (19131993) lived on Kew Green Sir William Hooker (17851865) and his son Sir Joseph Hooker (18171911), botanists and directors of Kew Gardens, lived at 49 Kew Green, Kew. The site is marked by a blue plaque Alfred Luff (18461933), English cricketer, was born in Kew Phil Lynott (19491986), Irish rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and leader of Thin Lizzy, lived in Kew Andrew Millar (17051768), Scottish bookseller, owned a country home in Kew Green near the Thames-side royal palace of Kew Samuel Molyneux (16891728), Member of Parliament, and an amateur astronomer, who was married to Lady Elizabeth Diana Capel, the eldest daughter of the Earl of Essex, inherited Kew House on the death of Lady Capel of Tewkesbury. Molyneux set up an observatory at the house and collaborated there with James Bradley in innovative designs for reflecting telescopes. Kew House which later, as the White House, became the home of Prince Frederick and Princess Augusta, was pulled down in 1802 when George II's short-lived gothic "castellated palace" was built Sir Hugh Portman, 4th Baronet (died 1632), MP for Taunton, lived in a house opposite Kew Palace Sir John Puckering (15441596), lawyer, politician, Speaker of the English House of Commons, and Lord Keeper from 1592 until his death, lived in Kew Anthony Saxton (19342015), advertising executive and head hunter, lived in Kew John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (17131792), botanist and honorary director of Kew Gardens, 17541772, adviser to Princess Augusta and tutor to George III and, later, Prime Minister of Great Britain (176263), lived at Kings Cottage, 33 Kew Green Patrick Troughton (19211987), actor, most famous for playing the Second Doctor in the TV series Doctor Who, lived in Kew George Vassila (18571915), English cricketer, was born in Kew