Koban

Posted on March 19th, 2009 by Sian Jones

I was wondering if your society could help with the following query. A Russian visitor to Britain in June 1773 was taken to see “the second most well-known garden in England …., owned by Lord Campbell”. He set out from Blenheim after lunch and the journey took until the evening. We would be interested to know where this garden was, as his subsequent movements are rather confusing. Also he describes the garden as ‘called koban’ (where I have put the ….) – we are unable to trace a Russian meaning for this word and wondered if it might be a corruption of an English(or French) term current at the time. We would be most grateful for any help you can give us.

Mike Berry
Honorary Senior Research Fellow,
Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham,
Birmingham B15 2TT


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