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Records of Edinburgh Geological Society
    Minutes of General Meetings

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division

Minute Book No IV

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 Edinburgh Geological Society MS 2917.4


17 October 1850 - 04 June 1857

Extent and medium of the unit of description



Name of creator

Edinburgh Geological Society | 1834-: | scientific society, Edinburgh (Scotland)

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

2 notebooks pasted together containing minutes of meetings. Membership details include: details of new and retiring members and those who attended each meeting. A list of names and address for members in 1858 is pasted into the back of the book. The financial affairs of the Society are reported, and the annual report for 1850 is pasted into the front of the book.

The reading of member's papers are minuted, along with the resultant discussions, although many abstracts have been omitted. Papers include: "Remarks on the influence of man and animals in extending the geographical limits of plants", "Nature and causes of the precussion of the equinoxes", and several addresses concerning the carboniferous period, coal and old red sandstone. A guest paper by Archibald Geikie entitled "Observations on the liass of Strath on the Isle of Skye", given in 1853 is minuted. Additionally Alexander Rose's report on the controversy between Roderick Impey Murchison and Adam Sedgwick is minuted in 1852.

Details of demonstrations undertaken of a large number of different minerals are given.

Details are given of the Society's petitions to parliament for a Scottish national natural history museum, a geology and mineralogical museum and the adoption of a decimal currency.

Summer excursions include: Inch Keith, Burnt Island and various local quarries.

A handwritten paper by Alexander Rose entitled " Trigonometrical survey notice, motion of thanks, (1852) is pasted into the notebook.




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