James A. Gossip (1852–1921)

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James Gossip was born in 1852. He was the son of James Gossip of Howden & Co., nurserymen and seedsmen.

Gossip was educated in Inverness. On leaving school he worked in the office of Hector Morrison, Civil Engineers. Afterwards he spent some time in survey work in the Highlands. He studied forestry before joining his father's business which he went on to run. Gossip established a nursery in Telford Street which became a centre for gardeners throughout the north. He was a recognised expert in tree culture and a keen member of the Royal Scottish Arboriculture Society, founding the Northern Branch of the Society.

Inverness Town House



James A. Gossip (1852–1921)


oil on canvas


H 142 x W 116.5 cm

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