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Mr. Donald McDonald

Mr. Donald McDonald, F.L.S., who died at 80, Hatton-garden, on Friday, at the age of 73, was an authority on gardening, of which hde had a practical knowledge. For many years he held a responsible position in the firm of James Carter and Co., High Holborn, and began to collect books on agriculture and gardening, which he eventually sold to a public institution.

About the time that his firm removed to Raynes Park Mr. McDonald retired and devoted himself entirely to horticultural journalism, and for many years he as the horticultural correspondent of the Daily Telegraph. From 1903 to 1907 he contributed a series of articles to the Field on agricultural writers from Sir Walter of Henley to Arthur Young, 1200-1800; those articles enlarged and revise with reproductions in facsimile and extracts from their actual writing, with an exhaustive bibliography, were published in book form in 1908. In 1895 Mr. McDonald published an excellent volume, "Sweet-Scented Flowers with Fragrant Leaves," with 16 coloured plates, and an introduction by Mr. William Robinson, founder of the Garden. Mr. McDonald was highly esteemed by a wide circle of friends, and was ever ready with his counsel on agricultural and horticultural matters.

The funeral service will be held to-day at 11.30 a.m. at St Andrew's Church, Holborn.

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