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Papers relating to Dr Charles Alston

  • GB235 ALS
  • Collection
  • 1716 - 1980

Box 1 of 2 (A04)
•GB235 ALS/1 “Botanist Royal,” biography of Charles Alston, by J.M. Alston. Typescript copy (London, February 1980) from the original(?), deposited in the National Library of Scotland.
•GB235 ALS/2 Plantarum Medicinalium Etc., with ms. annotations. Text block with spine, loose front cover, missing back cover, 120 pp.
•GB235 ALS/3 20th century copy of manuscript widow’s petition by Mrs. Alston to H.M. Treasury asking for an allowance to maintain the Physick Garden at Holyrood House, 1762.
•GB235 ALS/4 Typescript and ms. copies of papers and correspondence, including biography of Charles Alston; history of the Alstons of Thinacre-Milne; list of Alston’s works; advertisement by John Hope for the publication of Alston’s Lectures on the Materia Medica, 1770; “Catalogus sive Index Plantarum.”
•GB235 ALS/5 Typescript and ms. copies of papers and correspondence regarding the history of the RBGE, 1716–1909. Includes manuscript copies in Isaac Bayley Balfour's hand, of Alston's Royal Warrants from the Register of the Privy Seal, and Alston' typewritten entry from Allibone's Dictionary, and copies of letters from Kinnear (1890), and to D.W. Kemp (1904) and Britten (1909)
•GB235 ALS/6 Typescript and ms. papers and correspondence, including biographical sketches and notes on the life of Charles Alston; catalogue of works by Alston, c. 1908–1913. includes correspondence from Isaac Bayley Balfour to Prof. Eggeling at Edinburgh University to ask permision to copy relevant information pertaining to Alston and presumably history of RBGE from documents held at the University.
•GB235 ALS/7 Papers and correspondence, including letter from Charles Alston, 1726 (photographic copy); ms. letter to Prof Balfour from Alex. P. Stevenson regarding “the Alston M/S and the Bower,” 1907; extracts from Mackay’s Journey through Scotland (printed 1723, 1729); typescript and ms. notes on the appointment of Charles Alston as Professor at the University of Edinburgh.

Box 2 of 2 (A05) - items transcribed from Edinburgh University holdings c.1908
•GB235 ALS/8 Typescript copies of Alston correspondence, including botanical descriptions, discussions of the “sexes of plants,” and experiments with lime water, originally dating 1715-1756. "Copies of 'Alston letters' from University Ms These are not enter[?] in the Ms Life" in Isaac Bayley Balfour's hand. Correspondents include Boerhaave, Thomas Simpson, John Mitchell, J. Fothergill, Phillip Miller, John Hawkeens, Keir, John Ellis, Archibald Hamilton, Alexander Garden, William Cullen and Richard Henderson.
•GB235 ALS/9 Life of Charles Alston, including copies of correspondence (1724–1760). Correspondents include John Fothergill, John Hawkeens, Stephen Hales, Alexander Garden, and Philip Miller. Subjects discussed include experiments with lime water and its medicinal uses, herbal remedies, the making of elaterium (a plant extract used as a purgative), the properties of amber and ginseng, botanical lore, Materia Medica, and Alston’s hostility to the Linnaean system. Typescript with ms. corrections, 107 pp.; ms. notes entitled “Mr Jeffrey’s comparison of the MS. Life of Alston,” 4 pp.
•GB235 ALS/10 Life of Charles Alston. Typescript copy (see above) "Alston's Life, from an old manuscript - Isaac Bayley Balfour's hand).

Balfour, Sir Isaac Bayley

Ellis, Daniel

  • GB235 ELD
  • File
  • 1722 - 1841

2 letters

Ellis, Daniel

Trotter, Captain H. of Mortonhall

  • GB235 TRO
  • File
  • 1722 - 1760

•List of seeds and plants imported from America in 1760 and sold by Mrs Drummond, Seed Merchant, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh
•List of fruit required for Mortonhall, 1722 and an abstract from J.W. Hely-Hutchison’s letter regarding the list.

Trotter, Captain H. of Mortonhall

Pennant, Thomas

  • GB235 PNT
  • Item
  • 1726 - 1798

•Letter sent by Pennant to Sir Roger Mostyn M.P., 9th Sept 1783)
•Transcript of a letter sent by Pennant to Sir Roger Mostyn M.P. (09.09.1783), presented by Miss Carruthers, (03.11.1964

Pennant, Thomas

Rutherford, Prof. Daniel (Regius Keeper, 1789 - 1819)

  • GB235 RUT
  • Collection
  • 1749 - 1819

• Ms. lectures on botany (1803–1806?), 44 pp.; Index Stirpium Officinalium, ut in Horto Regio Botanico Edinburgensi, 2 copies, 7 pp.; 1 copy, 4 pp., C. Stewart, printer; ms. note: “Edinburgh Evening Courant, Sept. 18, 1820. Nothing to be found on last page / Column 4.” 1 p.
• Correspondence and papers, including a ms. letter petitioning H.M. Treasury for an additional allowance to maintain the Botanic Garden, 1807; two ms. letters (with wax seals) from Archibald Menzies to Prof. Rutherford regarding seeds sent by Menzies, 1789; ms. copies of two letters from Archibald Dickson to I. Bayley Balfour, 1889 (originals with I. Bayley Balfour correspondence under “Dickson, Archibald”; ms. letter from Henry Paton, genealogist, to I. Bayley Balfour, regarding an inventory of Daniel Rutherford, 1909.

Rutherford, Prof. Daniel

Menzies, Archibald

  • GB235 MEN
  • Collection
  • 1754 - 1842

•Box containing Menzies Bequest (1842-43), miscellaneous papers, correspondence and lists.
•Newspaper article titled ‘Renaissance Man’ about Archibald Menzies, celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth, from the Courier and Advertiser, 14.08.2004

Menzies, Archibald

Smith, Sir James Edward

  • GB235 SJE
  • File
  • 1759 - 1828

•Correspondence with J. Brodie (1795-1811), T.C. Hope (1784-1785), and A. Menzies (1819) - all appears to be copies of correspondence held at the Linnean Society

Smith, Sir James Edward

Hope, Dr. John ( Regius Keeper 1761-86)

  • GB235 HOP
  • Collection
  • 1761 - 1820

•1 box donated via the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sibbald Trust containing original letters c.1783 and an ex-registry file 3/3 titled ‘John Hope Papers’ used for A.G. Morton’s book.
•1 box containing I.B. Balfour’s scrap book, memoirs and other assorted items
•1 box containing indices to NAS papers and various photocopies of correspondence, etc.
•12 boxes containing copies of SRO Papers marked:

  1. GD253/143/1-4
  2. GD253/143/5-6
  3. GD253/143/7-9
  4. GD253/143/10-13
  5. GD253/144/1-4
  6. GD253/144/5-7
  7. GD253/144/8-10
  8. GD253/144/11-14
  9. GD253/145/1-6
  10. GD253/145/7-10
  11. GD253/145/10-13
  12. GD253/145/4
    •Box of index cards referring to John Hope
    There is a detailed list stored with the following boxes containing photocopies of papers from the SRO which notes what is inside each box and what the references refer to. Documents include correspondence, bills, receipts and other financial accounts
    • E215/3-6, 1769-1829
    • E414/1-7, 1764. 1769, 1789, 1825
    • E414/8, 1767, 1770, 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, 1780, 1782
    • E414/9-11, 1785, 1786, 1788, 1789
    • E414/12-15, 1789, 1790, 1792
    • E414/16-18, 1793, 1794, 1795
    • E414/19-22, 1788, 1789, 1795, 1796, 1797, 1798, 1799
    • E414/23-25, 1797, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802
    • E414/26, 1803
    • E414/27, 1801, 1803, 1804
    • E414/28, 1804, 1805, 1806
    • E414/32, 1899, 1800, 1801, 1803
    • E414/33-40, 1769, 1776
    • E414/41-46, 1777, 1778
    • E414/47, 1782
    • E414/48, 1783
    • E414/49, 1785, 1784
    • E414/50, 1787
    • E414/51, 1789, 1788
    • E414/52, 1789
    • E414/53, 1790
    • E414/54 ,1791
    • E414/55, 1792
    • E414/56, 1793
    • E414/57, 1794
    • E414/58, 1795
    • E414/59, 1796
    • E414/57, 1794
    • E414/58, 1795
    • E414/59, 1796
    • E414/60, 1797
    • E414/61, 1798, 1797
    • E414/62, 1799
    • E414/63, 1800
    • E414/64, 1801
    • E414/65 ,1802

exhibition catalogue: John Hope; Enlightened Botanist written by Henry Noltie and relating to exhibition at Inverleith House, May to July 2011

Hope, John

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