Henry Lord Danvers 1573-1644
was the second son of Sir John Danvers of Dauntsey, Wiltshire. Soldier and statesman he accompanied Sir Philip Sydney to the
Low Countries as his page. Was Sergeant-Major General of the Army in Ireland 1602. Created Baron Danvers of Dauntsey, Wiltshire
in 1603. Lord President of Munster 1607-15, Governor of Guernsey 1621-44 and made Earl of Danby in 1641. Despite these honours,
however, he had some claim to infamy as well as one special one to fame. To illustrate this disgrace he is shown holding two
pistols, for on 4th October 1594 he, together with his brother and some of their servants, broke into a lunch party given
by his long-time enemy Henry Long of Corsham in Wiltshire and shot him dead. He then fled the country, was never tried but
pardoned in 1598.
Danvers would always carry the stigma of the murderer. However, he could always make one claim to respectability, that
of being the originator of the first Botanic Garden in Britain.
In 1621 he bought out the tenancy of three acres of land opposite
Magdalen College in Oxford for £250 from the tenant, Humphrey Ellis. Oart of it was called Paris Mead whilst the other
was the old Jewish Cemetery (note the gravestones). Here Danvers created the Physic Garden to produce samples for the University’s
Faculty of Medicine and provided an enormous £5000 endowment. He then commissioned Nicholas Stone to build surrounding
walls and the Danby Arch where you see him watching work in progress.
The Butterfly is a male Swallowtail.
G. Vine Knife
H. Saw I. Grafting Knife
J. Great Knife and Chisel Head