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Edinburgh Geological Society

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1834-

Biography

Its first President was John Castle, and its first Secretary, James Brodie. Both were members of Mr Rose's class. The first scientific meeting of the Society was held on 8 December 1834, and the subject for discussion being whether or not Arthur's Seat (a hill in the city's Holyrood Park) was of volcanic origin. In 1863, the Society elected Sir Roderick Impey Murchison as its first Patron (1863-71), and he was followed by Sir Charles Lyell (1871-75)

While today the Edinburgh Geological Society draws on the considerable geological expertise of the University of Edinburgh and the British Geological Survey (at Murchison House), it welcomes and encourages amateur and professional alike to become involved in its lectures and excursions. The primary requirement for membership is an interest in geology.

The Society has acquired such prestige that there is little difficulty in attracting high calibre speakers on a wide variety of subjects. Lecture meetings are held throughout the winter in the Grant Institute (Kings Buildings site). In the summer, a varied programme of excursions is organised.

The Society publishes The Edinburgh Geologist once or twice a year. This publication consists of short papers on a wide range of geological topics with descriptions of geological localities.

Found in 49 Collections and/or Records:

Congratulatory letter from the Perthshire Society of Natural Science, 1934

 Item
Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.11.5
Scope and Contents

Letter from the Perthshire Society of Natural Science congratulating the Edinburgh Geological Society on reaching its centenary.

Dates: 1934

Congratulatory letter from the Royal Dublin Society, 1934

 Item
Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.11.9
Scope and Contents

Letter from the Royal Dublin Society congratulating the Edinburgh Geological Society on reaching its centenary.

Dates: 1934

Congratulatory letter from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1934

 Item
Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.11.6
Scope and Contents

Letter from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences congratulating the Edinburgh Geological Society on reaching its centenary.

Dates: 1934

Congratulatory letter from the Société de Physique et d'Histoire naturelle de Genève, 1934

 Item
Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.11.8
Scope and Contents

Letter from the Société de Physique et d'Histoire naturelle de Genève congratulating the Edinburgh Geological Society on reaching its centenary.

Dates: 1934

Congratulatory letter from the Université de Liège, 1934

 Item
Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.11.7
Scope and Contents

Letter from the Université de Liège congratulating the Edinburgh Geological Society on reaching its centenary.

Dates: 1934

Correspondence and invoices relating to geological excursions, 1950-1957

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.2
Scope and Contents

Miscellany consists of:


  1. blank stationery
  2. correspondence
  3. details of excursions
  4. invoices
Dates: 1950-1957

Excursions Committee, 1939-1949

 Item
Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.1
Scope and Contents

Notebook containing minutes of the Excursions Committee and dates and places of geological excursions.

Dates: 1939-1949

Group photograph of members of the Edinburgh Geological Society, September 1934

 Item
Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.11.10-11
Scope and Contents

Group photograph of members of the Edinburgh Geological Society during its centenary celebrations, with numbered overlay and list of names.

Dates: September 1934

Laws of the Edinburgh Geological Society, 1845-1982

 Series — Volume MS 2927.2: Series Coll-43/5
Identifier: Coll-43/5
Scope and Contents

Laws of the Edinburgh Geological Society consist of:


  1. 18 printed pamphlets
Dates: 1845-1982

Lecture posters, 1973-1984

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.17
Scope and Contents

Lecture posters consists of:


  1. 6 A4 size posters
Dates: 1973-1984

Additional filters:

Type
Archival Object 48
Collection 1
 
Subject
Membership 19
Corporate Minutes 16
Meetings 15
Nominations for Membership 13
Societies, Geological 13