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Papers of Robert Jameson

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division


Series Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 Robert Jameson Gen. 128



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Name of creator

Jameson | Robert | 1774-1854 | geologist and professor of natural history, University of Edinburgh

Biographical History

Biographical History

Robert Jameson was Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh for fifty years. He looked after the University's Natural History Collection and expanded its holdings immensely, and he explored and published in geology, mineralogy, zoology and botany, particulary in Scotland. He also presided over the Wernerian Natural History Society and edited the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Notes consists of loose papers by various authors (c250 unbound pages) almost certainly candidate mss. for a journal, judging by some of the marginalia. These include:

  • a paper by William Pellew Bain, on subterranean temperature, read before the Plinian Society in 1830
  • an anonymous piece on ancient chronologies
  • a paper on marble quarries in Kilkenny
  • a paper on fossil conifera by William Nicol, lecturer in natural philosophy
  • a note on making artificial pearls
  • a report by Robert Grant, of the University of London, on his finding a fossil tooth in 1833
  • a report by JW Kardie on the geology of a valley he knows
  • a report by MP Lesson on how ocean islands form
  • a memorandum on the geology of Mid-Calder
  • a paper by James Stuart Monteath telling of various experiments in Greenland, 1827
  • a paper by Robert Stevenson, civil engineer, who opines on the ocean bed before the Wernerian society in 1816
  • a paper by William Bald, a civil engineer, concerning the geology of Clare Island
  • a large, anonymous, German ms. on iron metallurgy, called the Eisenhuttenkunde.




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