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CHARLES ALSTON (1683-176o)

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 757 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHARLES ALSTON (1683-176o), Scottish botanist, was born at Eddlewood, near Hamilton, in 1683, and became lecturer in materia medica and botany at Edinburgh and also superintendent of the botanical gardens, of the plants in which he published a catalogue in 1740. He was a critic of Linnaeus's system of plant-classification (see BOTANY). He died on the 22nd of November 176o at Edinburgh. His Lectures on Maleria Medica were published posthumously in 1770.
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