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Edinburgh Geological Society



  • Existence: 1834-


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:

Miscellany, 1839-1949

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-43/9
Scope and Contents

Miscellany consists of:

  1. anniversary addresses
  2. correspondence
  3. minutes of meetings
  4. photographs
  5. posters
  6. printed material
  7. sample stationery
  8. scientific papers
Dates: 1839-1949

Poster advertising classes at Queen's College, Edinburgh, 1841

Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.12
Scope and Contents

Poster advertising classes at Queen's College, Edinburgh, including mineralogy and geology with Alexander Rose.

Dates: 1841

Publications and printed items, 1934-1990

 Series — Box MS 2932: Series Coll-43/7
Identifier: Coll-43/7
Scope and Contents Publications and printed items consist of: History of the Edinburgh Geological Society Proceedings of the Edinburgh Geological Society The Edinburgh Geologist facimile reprint of James Hutton's Theory of the Earth exhibition...
Dates: 1934-1990

Records of Edinburgh Geological Society

Identifier: Coll-43
Scope and Contents

The collection contains minute books of general and council meetings from 1834 to 1982; treasurer's accounts; laws, lists and rolls of members; membership applications; and, billets of meetings 1879 to 1939, and 1939-1990; correspondence; and, papers read 1863-64. Printed items include a history of the Edinburgh Geological Society; proceedings of the Society; copies of the Edinburgh Geologist; leaflets; and geological excursion guides.

Dates: 1834-1990

Sample stationery, 20th century

Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.3
Scope and Contents

Blank items of Edinburgh Geological Society stationery from various dates.

Dates: 20th century

Sesquicentennial celebrations, 1984-1985

Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.13-15
Scope and Contents

Sesquicentennial events consists of:

  1. exhibition list
  2. invitations
  3. logos and designs
  4. photographs
  5. programmes of events
  6. reprints of articles
Dates: 1984-1985

Some of the papers read before the Edinburgh Geological Society, 1863-1864

 Series — Volume MS 2934.2: Series Coll-43/8
Identifier: Coll-43/8
Scope and Contents

Publications and printed items consist of:

  1. 1 volume containing 9 papers
Dates: 1863-1864

Treasurer's account books, 1873-1947

Identifier: Coll-43/3
Scope and Contents

Treasurer's account books consists of:

  1. account books
  2. abstract book
  3. cash book
  4. ledger
Dates: 1873-1947

Yorkshire Geological Society, 150th Anniversary, 1988-1989

Identifier: Coll-43 ::: MS 2935.16
Scope and Contents

Yorkshire Geological Society, 150th Anniversary consists of:

  1. anniversary publication
  2. congratulatory letter
  3. list of field meetings (1956)
Dates: 1988-1989

Additional filters:

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