|Died||2 February 1793 (aged 61–62)|
|Resting place||St. Anne's Church, Kew, England|
|Known for||Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew|
|Children||William Townsend Aiton|
Aiton was born near Hamilton. Having been regularly trained to the profession of a gardener, he travelled to London in 1754, and became assistant to Philip Miller, then superintendent of the Chelsea Physic Garden. In 1759 he was appointed director 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. He is buried at nearby St. Anne's Church, Kew.
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