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Wood samples from the International Forestry Exhibition held in Edinburgh in 1884

  • GB235 IFE
  • Fonds
  • 1865 - 1884

Seven samples of wood displayed at the International Forestry Exhibition held in Edinburgh in 1884 - all are labelled with "Sierra Leone, Edinburgh Forestry Exhibition, 1884" - additional markings are as follows:

  • No 5, Gree-Gree, Greegree, 1884.83.31
  • Beck, 1884.83.32
  • Koronko, Coronko, Kronko, 1884.83.39
  • Oak, [Teak scored out], 1884.83.41
  • Conta-Cobang, Contabang, Cotan Cobang, 1884.83.43
  • Koondee, Cundee, 1884.83.46
  • White Brimstone, 1884.83.47
    The Exhibition Catalogue indicates that the Government of Sierra Leone had a stand at the exhibition where they displayed "Specimens of the Woods of the Colony, native, polished 1865, redone 1884" - it is assumed that these may have been part of this display.

Government of Sierra Leone

William Alfred Hughes's Silver RHS Medal 1929

  • GB235 HUG
  • Fonds
  • 1929 - 1987

The medal is a silver Royal Horticultural Societ Joseph Banks medal and is inscribed 1929 Junior Section General Examination in Horticulture William A Hughes First. In 1987 Hughes made contact with Roy Watling at RBGE and donated his medal - both men had been office bearers for the Botanical Society of Scotland. The medal, and eventually the certificate and all associated correspondence came to the care of M.V. Mathew in the library who placed them in the Archives.

Hughes, William Alfred

Victorian Specimens - "Botanical Specimens collected by Great Aunt Lou c.1862"

  • GB235 LOU
  • Fonds
  • 1862

2 folders, each containing around 40 specimens, the first being the collection curated by Great Aunt Lou - Louisa Hoby nee Russell in around 1862. The second seems to have been put together at least partly by 'DR' and includes seaweed specimens from Cumbrae.

Russell, Louisa

Thomas Blaikie collection

  • GB235 BLT
  • Fonds
  • 1769 - 1890

The collection dates between 1769 and c2003 and comprises:

  • 3 notebooks including financial records, language studies and diaries;
  • 17 pieces of correspondence and handwritten notes;
  • a printed compendium of Swiss flora;
  • a copy of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress;
  • 4 prints of notable 18th century French figures; and
  • two photographs of items which belonged to Blaikie's family.

Blaikie, Thomas, 1751-1838, gardener

Southam slides - RBGE visits

  • GB235 CTS
  • Fonds
  • 1960 - 1979

5 boxes of slides, totalling around 400 slides, and an envelope "Botanic Garden Notes" (now in Box 1) of news clippings relating to the opening of the Glasshouses.

Corstorphine Trust

Reports of the Scottish Seaweed Research Association

  • GB235 SSR
  • Fonds
  • 1947 - 1952

box containing progress reports of the Scottish Seaweed Research Association based at the Institute of Seaweed Research in Musselburgh. There are also Newsletters, and correspondence with William Wright Smith, all arranged chronologically.

Scottish Seaweed Research Association

RBGE Plant Labels

  • GB235 HDE
  • Fonds
  • 1900 - 1970

Plant labels found by members of the RBGE Horticulture Department and transferred to the Archives:
1: Magnolia acuminata, United States - found to the east of the copse, RBGE; a label intended to hang from the tree, this type of label had the impressed letters painted white by hand, then the entire label was hand painted black - would have been surrounded by a metal holder which has since decomposed - probably dates to around 1940?
2: Ilex laevigata; a temporary label found during excavations for the new Alpine House, 2012 - small label attached to wire which would have been pushed into the ground - probably dates to c.1960?
3: Viburnum dilatatum, c.1960? - temporary label from new Alpine House area.
4: Viburnum farreri - 'layers' - found in Nursery, troughs area - used when 'layering' viburnum - obtaining shoots from roots or branches.
5: Alpinia calcarata
6: Rhododendron hodgsonii
7: LA47

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Horticulture Department

Printed papers regarding the Cambridge Botanical Museum and Library (1828, 1829 and 1830)

  • GB235 CAU
  • Fonds
  • 1828 - 1830

3 printed annual reports (3 x 4 pages, 200 x 250mm) of The Botanical Museum & Library at Cambridge University; dated 25 March 1828, 25 March 1829, 25 March 1830.
The 1828 report outlines the start of a proper funded botanical museum. Prof Henslow lists present acquisitions and solicits help in augmenting the collection. The 1829-30 reports demonstrate success in increasing the collection of plant samples and publications.

Cambridge University Botanical Museum & Library

Mrs Knox-Finlay Meconopsis Lantern Slides

  • GB235 KNX
  • Fonds
  • 1938 - 1987

8 glass lantern slides showing images of Meconopsis taken by Mrs Knox-Finlay at Keillour Lake, Keillour Castle:
Meconopsis
Meconopsis x musgravei
Meconopsis sherriff 600
Meconopsis grandis 600
Meconopsis grandis (true)
Meconopsis coxiana
Meconopsis betonicifolia praetensis
Meconopsis beamishii

Knox Finlay Family

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