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«John Stuart, the 3rd Earl of Bute, was an accomplished botanist and the first director of Kew Gardens.»Did You Know?
Created Earl of Bute in 1723, John Stuart spent much of his early life on Bute, where he developed a keen interest in botany. He later became the first director of Kew Gardens and was a noted patron of the arts, however it was his political career which would come to define his legacy.
In England Bute formed quite a close association with Frederick, Prince of Wales, and came to tutor his son George. The Prince's premature death in 1751 would leave his thirteen year old son heir apparent to the throne, and his former tutor would become his most trusted confidant, continuing to advise George even after his accession to the throne in 1760.
The 3rd Earl is often remembered as Britain's first Scottish Prime Minister, being appointed as First Lord of the Treasury in 1762. However his premiership proved extremely unpopular and Bute resigned in 1763, never to enter the public arena again.