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Papers of Rev Dr John Walker

Edinburgh University Library Department of Special Collections

Notes and Essays

Series Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 John Walker Notes and Essays



Extent and medium of the unit of description


handwritten volumes

Name of creator

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

Biographical History

Biographical History

Papers in this series come from the whole range of Walker's professional life.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Notes and Essays consists of:

  • Notes and essays, usually in John Walker's hand, and what appear to be fair copies of book mss. never published, at least in that form. These assorted papers contain reading notes in natural history; clippings in sciences like chemistry, geology (especially mineralogy), and ornithology, quasi-sciences like geography and early psychology, and pseudo-sciences like astrology; economic valuation of natural resources; natural wonders, antiquities, and folklore; travellogues; statistical rundown of the parish of 'Collington'; people in the field of natural history; heraldry and the peerage; literature and contemporary poetry; and many volumes of plant and animal taxonomy.




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