Collection FIA - Forrest family donation

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Forrest family donation


  • 1886 - 1960 (Creation)

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4 boxes, 46cm

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(unknown - present)

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1955-1961 - B.Sc. (Hons) in Botany at University College London
1961-1962 - M.Sc. in Biochemistry at University College London
1962-1965 - Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry at Jesus College, Cambridge
1965-1966 - 1 year Overseas Research Fellowship (Ministry of Overseas Development) at Tea Research Station, Mlanje (now Mulanje), Malawi
1967-1970 - 3 years within International Biological Programme (IBP) with the U.K. Nature Conservancy working on Productivity of Native Ecosystems, at Moor House Field Station, Cumberland
1971-2001 - U.K. Forestry Commission working on Biochemical and Molecular analysis of native and introduced forest trees.

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Born in Falkirk in 1873, George Forrest became one of Scotland's most prolific plant collectors, conducting seven expeditions in Yunnan province, S.W. China between 1904 and his death there in 1932.

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Forrest family

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A collection of items relating to George Forrest and his family comprising:
GB235 FIA/1/1: ‘Rhododendrons and the Various Hybrids’, by J.G. Millais, 1917, No.6, signed by author and annotated by George Forrest
GB235 FIA/1/2: ‘Rhododendrons and the Various Hybrids’, 2nd Series, by J.G. Millais, 1924, No.5

GB235 FIA/2/1-7: 7 x ‘Marine Algae of Joppa’ by George William Traill, 1886 (inc. author’s copy(1), Phebe M. Traill(2), W.H. Traill(3), scored out name(4) and 3 unsigned books(5-7, 5 possibly Clementina Traill))
GB235 FIA/2/8: 1 x ‘Marine Algae of Elie’, by George William Traill, reprint from the Transactions of the Botanical Society of Scotland, 1888
GB235 FIA/2/9: 1 x ‘Marine Algae of the Orkney Islands’ by George William Traill, 1890, H.C.M.W. (Clementina) Traill’s copy

GB235 FIA/3: 1 box of 87 microscope slides, mostly trees and shrubs, made by Dr G. Ian Forrest (G. Forrest’s grandson) between 1959 and 1960 whilst studying for his B.Sc in Botany at University College London.

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good, some historic worm damage in the author's copy of 'Marine Algae of Joppa' (GB235 FIA/2/1)

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Archivist's note

GB235 FIA/1/1-2 to go into Rare Book Room
GB235 FIA/2/1-9 to go into Hortus Siccus Collection, Rare Book Room

Archivist's note

Marine Algae books with the exception of GB235 FIA/2/8 (photo inside) were frozen as a precautionary measure (due to historic worm damage inside GB235 FIA/2/1), 3rd April 2019

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  • Shelf: F:3:2