Collection MCN - McNab, James, Principal Gardener at RBGE 1848-78

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McNab, James, Principal Gardener at RBGE 1848-78


  • 1953 (Accumulation)
  • 1810 - 1878 (Creation)

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Comprehensive collection:
10 boxes of personal & misc. correspondence; tour journals & diaries; annual reports.
1 folder containing testimonials
1 bound volume
2 scrap books

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James McNab was Principal Gardener at RBGE between 1848 and 1878.

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•Box of personal papers and correspondence
•Box of papers regarding excursions (1829-32)
•Box of papers regarding his North American Tour (1834)
•Box of papers regarding his North American Tour (second copies)
•Box containing Tour Diaries (1836-38)
•Box containing a Journal of Tours, including his Germany Tour (1839-40)
•Box containing a Journal of Tours (1848)
•Box of Annual Reports to Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (RCHS) for 1841 and 1842
•Box of miscellaneous papers; into this box ("box 9 of 9") has been added (June 2019) a typescript list entitled "Plants of McNab's Herbarium"; it has an old id number of 37,994, was stored in the Library Office and is dated to February 1953. It is in 4 stapled bundles (caution - be wary of staples) and lists what was presumably herbarium specimens from James McNab's collection.
•Box of miscellaneous papers, including correspondence and a photograph of a tree-transplanter
•Folder containing McNab’s Testimonials
•Bound volume of his ‘Journal of Tour Through North America, 1834’
•Scrapbook titled ‘McNab Cuttings’
•Untitled scrap book

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permission required from RBGE

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The contents of the 2 volumes of scrapbooks have been listed and can be viewed here:

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