Collection DOW - John Downie Ephemera

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John Downie Ephemera


  • 1857 - 1961 (Creation)

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1 box containing 8 medals; 1 folder containing poem and the 16 seed catalogues to be stored within nursery catalogue collection at 'D'

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8 medals:
1857 Royal Botanic Society of London for pansies
1868 Glasgow and west of Scotland Horticultural Society for 24 blooms – Dahlias
1878 Royal Horticultural Society Sir Joseph Banks medal for cut blooms – Pansies
1897 Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Jubilee Prize medal for group of plants
1901 Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society for flowering and foliage plants
1905 Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society for group of plants – internal exhib
1908? Leith Horticultural Industrial Sports Society for violas and pansies
1925 Royal Horticultural Society for hardy flowers

16 seed catalogues:
1x Undated but likely Victorian
the rest dated 1907; 1922; 1927; 1930; 1931; 1942; 1944; 1945; 1946; 1949; 1950; 1952; 1953; 1955; 1961

1 poem regarding the cessation of the Scottish Horticultural Association in 1921, "The Passing of the Scottish Horticultural Association" by Charles Comfort.

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medals listed by date and boxed; seed catalogues arranged and listed by date and placed in seed catalogue collection; poem, stored at 'C' in Archives.

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permission required from RBGE

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