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Papers of Sir Roderick Impey Murchison

Edinburgh University Library Department of Special Collections

Personal papers

Series Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 Sir Roderick Impey Murchison Gen. 2266



Extent and medium of the unit of description



Name of creator

Murchison | Sir | Roderick Impey | 1792-1871| baronet | professor of geology, the University of Edinburgh

Biographical History

Biographical History

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison succeeded to his father's estate of Tarradale. His mother remarried Colonel Robert Murray McGregor (died 1831) in 1798, who had property at Hurworth, Co Durham.

During his time in the army, Murchison saw various places in Europe. On moving into the field of geology, he acquired and accumulated notes and medals amongst his personal effects.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

The Personal papers consist of:

  • presscuttings, songs and related material by or about various family members
  • documents relating to Tarradale (1810-1820)
  • documents relating to the estate of Colonel Robert Murray Macgregor (1831-1836)
  • legal documents relating to various family members (1811-1850)
  • account books (1809-1818)
  • notes and notebooks (1807-1845)
  • documents relating to hunting (1816-1822)
  • diaries (1825-1848)
  • passport (1847-1862)
  • medals (1856 and 1866)

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