Leading horticulturalist from South Queensferry left a legacy

Obituary'Obit pic'thomas Mabbott'Tom Mabbott
Obituary'Obit pic'thomas Mabbott'Tom Mabbott

A world expert in nematology who lived in South Queensferry has sadly passed away at the age of 88.

Thomas Mabbott received an MBE for his services to horticulture and friends and family say his work on the study of nematode worms will go down in history.

Tom was born in Grangemouth on 16 May 1927 and died in Edinburgh on August 18 2015.

Most of his working life was spent at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ station at East Craigs and he rose to the rank of Principal Scientific Officer.

He married Jessie in 1953 and she died in 2012. He leaves two sons, Findlay and Alastair, a daughter-in-law, Findlay’s wife Enid, and their son, Michael.

He was involved with a horticultural club in South Queensferry, joined the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and was instrumental in setting up Gardening Scotland, which takes place annually at the Royal Highland Showground in Ingliston.

Friend George Anderson met Tom over 40 years ago when he came to lecture his students at the School of Horticulture.

He said: “He was one of those guys who was always very supportive of the students and was extremely dilligent but great fun as well.

“He liked to tell stories and was an accomplished speaker.

“His legacy will be the work he done in nematology, he was a world expert.”