Forsyth, William 1737-1804

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Forsyth was a Scottish gardener from Aberdeenshire who was first employed as an assistant to Philip Miller, Curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden. He finally succeeded Miller in this position in 1770 but later became superintendent of the Royal Gardens at Kensington Palace in London.

In 1774 he constructed what was possible the earliest rock garden in England. His material included 40 tons of old stone from the Tower of London. In addition he obtained lava brought from Iceland by Sir Joseph Banks.