George Buchanan Wollaston (1814-99)
He was the son of Henry Septimus Wollaston and Frances Buchanan. He was educated at the Grammar School in Ottery St Mary, Devon and was later articled to the celebrated August Welby Pugin. It would have been at this time that he received instruction in drawing in watercolour, a skill for which the draughtsman's office of both August and his son Welby Pugin was renowned. Wollaston practised as an architect for only a short time until he inherited Coduit Lodge at Eltham, near London. He sold this property and moved to Bishop's Well at Chislehurst in Kent where it is recorded that he entertained the Empress Eugenie. His family had been connected with Chislehurst since the late eighteenth century and his grandfather was vicar there in 1815. It was here that he devoted a large part of his time to the study of botany, in particular British ferns and in 1857 his architectural skills were called upon when he was responsible for the rebuilding of the church tower that had been destroyed.
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