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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Institutional Archives

  • GB 235 RBG
  • Fonds
  • 1670 - 2023

• Draft copy of an article titled ‘The New Plant Houses at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh’ (stored in the ‘R’ box)
• History and development of the garden
• Accounts, 1764-1876 (incomplete)
• Staff Records (incomplete)
• Probationer Gardener records (1889-1935)
• Records relating to education at RBGE
• Photographs
• Maps
• Papers relating to regional gardens – Dawyck, Benmore and Logan
• Plant flowering records (phenology registers)
• Plant records, including inventories, and registers of plants entering and leaving the garden

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Creator)

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


  • 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

Castle Menzies garden and farm papers

  • GB 235 MZC
  • Collection
  • 1708 - 1841

The Castle Menzies Collection comprises of accounts, bills and general receipts for the running of the Castle Menzies estate and a few pieces of correspondence with gardeners and the Baronet of the day. There are complete Head Gardener’s Journals and tool inventories for the early 1800s, seed lists from different periods and proposed plans for two different walled gardens. It also includes weather data for the late 1790s.


MZC/1 – Accounts
Folder 1: Weekly State Proceedings at the Farm, Castle Menzies from Jan-Nov 1830, including names, work and wages. Inventory of Garden Tools for 1804 + 1805; Gardeners Journals for 1803 +1804; Weekly State of Proceedings at Garden May 1828; Nov + Dec 1832 part record; May-Nov 1833 with list of names, work and wages in each list: Wages and general receipts for 1803-1810: Receipts for agricultural machinery 1801-1841: Vegetable seed, fruit tree lists for 1800s: Plan of proposed walled garden 1838: Document in response to advice given by Sir John Sinclair about growing potatoes 1841.
Folder 2: Sir Robert Menzies “His Book” accounts for the Castle from 1805-1809, including stock sales, crop details etc. Labourers Accounts from 1803-1811 (incomplete)
Folder 3: Copy of Rules and Articles for the Improvement of Highland Farms 1774: Labour Accounts from 1790-1795 (not all complete): Seed receipts and list for 1700s and 1 plant list for 1800s: Receipts for Trees and Wood sales for 1782, 1783, 1790-1806, 1807:Receipts for peat + heather for burning in lime kilns for 1763s-1831s: General and wages receipts for 1708-1753 : Plan of proposed walled garden 1790.

MZC/2 – Weather Reports: Menzies Castle Collection – Weather records
1774- incomplete record – only parts exist for Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec.
1790- only Nov and Dec exist
1791- complete record except for 17th -28th April and 16th June -16th July
1792- Jan complete, 1st -15th Feb complete; Dec complete. Rest of year missing
1793- Jan to 16th May complete; 17th May to 30th June missing; 1st July to 31st Dec complete
1794- Jan to 16th Oct complete; 17th Oct-15th Nov missing; 16th Nov -31st Dec complete
1795- complete except for 17th Dec-31st Dec.

Menzies, Sir Robert

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

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

Menzies, Archibald

  • GB 235 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

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

Smith, Sir James Edward

  • GB 235 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

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