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John Tradescant the Younger (1608-1662), Gardener and collector

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Tradescant was a traveller, horticulturalist, collector and gardener to Queen Henrietta Maria. His home in South Lambeth, called The Ark, was filled with his Museum Tradescantianum, a collection of rarities which included birds, fish, shells, insects, minerals, coins, medals and unusual plants. After his death the collection went to Elias Ashmole, who subsequently presented it to Oxford University, where it formed the basis of the Ashmolean Museum.