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Trotter, Captain H. of Mortonhall

  • GB 235 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

Miller, Phillip

  • GB 235 MPP
  • Item
  • 1691 - 1771

•Copy of a letter from Miller, dated 29 Dec 1747, found loose inside John Hope’s copy of Miller’s ‘Figures of… Plants Described in the Gardeners Dictionary’ 1755-60,

Miller, Phillip

Gordon, J. Senior

  • GB 235 GOJ
  • Item
  • 1767 - 1776

Hand written letter from J. Gordon Senior, to Reverend/Mr. Tilson, dated 10th of February 1767, re: strawberry plants – Bath strawberry/Chili Beet, Discussing the identification of the strawberry originally brought to England by the Spanish ambassador 10 years previously, falsely called the chili beet. Enclosed seed of the humming–bird plant.

Gordon, J. Senior


  • GB 235 LCV
  • Item
  • 1707 - 1778

•Signatures of Carl von Linné and Carolus a Linné (Linnæus the younger) filed with the collection of Signature under “S” in general alphabetical category

Linné, Carl von

Williamson, John (Principal Gardener 1755-1780)

  • GB 235 WIJ
  • File
  • 1755 - 1780

Minimal; ephemera, 3 documents including a letter from Andrew F. Kedslie to Isaac Bayley Balfour with information from his aunt, Mrs Agnes Arnand, Williamson's great grand-daughter & a copy of Williamson's Testament Dative dated 1780 - all documents appear to have been cut from one of Isaac Bayley Balfour's scrapbooks.

Williamson, John

Robertson, Dr. James

  • GB 235 RDJ
  • File
  • 1767 - 1784

•Copy of lists of Flora and Fauna (1767-1771)
•Papers including transcriptions of correspondence and newspaper articles (1767-84)

Robertson, Dr. James

William Austin Manuscript - Heavy Inflammable Air

  • GB 235 AUS
  • Series
  • 1789

Paper on 'Experiments on the Analysis of Heavy Inflammable Air' (1789) published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London in 1780 - (right click, open link in new tab) - there is a copy of the paper in the packet alongside the handwritten manuscript, possibly written by Austin himself. Manuscript is incomplete, 8 pages along, finishing on page 56 of the article. There is also a copy of Austin's entry in the Dictionary of National Biography in the packet.

Austin, Dr. William

McCoig, Malcolm, Principal Gardener at RBGE (1782-89)

  • GB 235 MCC
  • File
  • 1782 - 1789
  1. Five page, Autograph document: Copy of Testament Dative & Inventory of the goods and gear of the late Malcolm McCoig, gardener at the Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, dated 1st April 1789
  2. One page, Autograph document: Letter from Henry Paton (Genealogist) to Prof. Balfour, dated 7 March 1908, re: the Testament of Malcolm McCoig – to clarify a name referenced in the document (possibly Ludovick Gerardi)
  3. Printed book extract referring to a proposal to publish a “Flora Edinburgensis” by Malcolm McCoig c.1811

McCoig, Malcolm

Pennant, Thomas

  • GB 235 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

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