The picture was dated 1863.
The Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library has the following
articles referring to William Divers.
There is an entry for W. Divers in Ray Desmond's Bibliography of British
Botanists and Horticulturists
which lists him as being a
gardener at Wierton House near Maidstone, Kent for 40 years.
Also in Gardeners'
in an account of the Royal Horticultural Show of September 8th
9th 1885, a Mr. W. Divers of Maidstone is listed as winning a Bronze Banksian Medal
The medal is the Sir Joseph Banks
awarded by the Royal
A small obituary for him appears in Gardeners' Chronicle for 1900,
saying he died on 12 Feb 1900 in the 81st year of his age at Neath
Cottage, Linton, Nr Maidstone and was gardener to W. Moore, Esq of
Wierton House until 1894 when Mr Moore died. It also says he was an
ocassional contributor to the columns of Gardeners' Chronicle
Below is a cutting of a fruit crop report by William from the South Eastern Gazette
printed September 17th 1887.
Also, the following information was found on a Mr. J. Divers of
Petworth, who, on the August 25th 1885 at the
& Artisans' Exhibition
of Vegetables and Fruit
awarded 1st prize in Class 4 and
Class 5 (both for potatoes).