John Veitch (1752-1839)
John Veitch was born in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, in 1752. He was apprenticed aged fourteen to Robert Dickson & Son at Hassendean, and then to James Lee at his Vineyard nursery in Hammersmith, before arriving in Devon in 1771. Here, he laid out the grounds at Killerton for Sir Thomas Acland. Obviously impressed by John, Acland had a house built and made land available for him at Budlake. John later used this land to found his own nursery. Alongside running this, he also advised many large estates on landscaping across the country. John married Anna Davidson in 1780 and together they had three sons and three daughters.
Around 1830, John and his son James Veitch bought 25 acres of land at Mount Radford in Exeter in order to start his own nursery. He also opened a Seed Warehouse at 54 High Street, Exeter. Two years after handing the Nursery business to James, John died at Budlake in 1839.