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Papers of Rev Dr John Walker
    Papers in Natural History and Parish Management

Edinburgh University Library Department of Special Collections

Extracts and notes on natural history

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 John Walker Dc.2.37



Extent and medium of the unit of description


bound volume

Name of creator

Walker | John | 1731-1803 | professor of natural history, University of Edinburgh and clergyman

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Extracts chiefly from Sir Robert Sibbald's books and MSS on natural history in the Advocates' Library. Subjects include minerals, antiquities (e.g., Roman epigraphy, bones in medieval battlefields), sea and animal life, native customs (magical scarves that cattlemen's wives once wore), geographic curiosities (a cliff that shines in the sun, a natural hole of unsoundable depth, there being no frogs in Getland, etc.) Approximately 178 handwritten pages.





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