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


Found in 25 Collections and/or Records:

Extracts and notes on natural history, c1770

Identifier: Coll-205/4/3 (Dc.2.38)
Scope and Contents

1761 descriptive list of 146 important titles in natural history; notes on 'Boece's Chronology' [of kings of the Scots back to BC 330]. 'Boece' is probably Dundee-born historian Hector Boethius (c.1465 - 1536). Approximately 80 handwritten pages.

An eighteenth-century hand denotes this 'M.S. Vol. 37'. The leaf holding pages 3 and 4 has been excised.

Dates: c1770

Letter from Patrick Wilson to Joseph Black, 30 October 1781

Identifier: Coll-16/I/111-112
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Letter from Patrick Wilson to Joseph Black about snow water and offering items for John Walker's collection.

Dates: 30 October 1781

Letter from Professor John Walker to Joseph Black , c 1798

Identifier: Coll-16/II/25-26F
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Letter from Professor John Walker to Joseph Black, undated, however watermark is dated 1798. The letter is about peat. Walker criticises Antoine Laurent Lavoisier's account of the principles of vegetables and praises Louis Bernard Guyton de Morveau' s nomenclature in chemistry, etc.

Dates: c 1798

Minutes volume 1, 12 January 1808 - 01 May 1830

Identifier: Coll-206/1/1
Scope and Contents Bound volume containing 310 numbered pages. The first 23 sessions of the Wernerian Natural History Society are minuted, including: details of the formation of the society, its original members and constitution, the Charter from the Town Council of Edinburgh and details of nominations for and ratifications of membership. Details of titles and abstract content of all papers read to the society are minuted. These include: Observations on the Mineral System of...
Dates: 12 January 1808 - 01 May 1830

Miscellaneous Papers, Vol. 1, c1741

Identifier: Coll-205/5/1 (Dc.2.39/1)
Scope and Contents Scots plants of the Linnaean class Cryptogamea; History of the mines at Wanloch Head; Elevatio Plantarum; Epistola ad Linnaeum; Letter to Sr James Nasmyth; Hortulan experiments; The old Gardens at Bargaly; Note on the Battle of the Bree; Some fruits at Munches in Galloway; Scots insects; the Loch Fyne shark; Two fossils; 8 species of Tremella; 2 species of Clavaria; Description of Agaricus Annulata; and of Lichen Punctatus; agricultural benefits of the Nile's overflow and Vesuvius' eruption;...
Dates: c1741

Miscellaneous Papers, Vol. 2, c1726-c1802

Identifier: Coll-205/5/2 (Dc.2.39/2)
Scope and Contents

Essay on cultivating with marle; Description of a whale cast ashore in Fife; Novum Organicum Botanicum; extensive correspondence between John Clark and 'Mr Gale' (approximately 200 handwritten pages, with some drawings).

Dates: c1726-c1802

Occasional Remarks by the Revd. Dr. Walker, Prof. of Natural History at Edinburgh, c1779

Identifier: Coll-205/6 (Dc.2.40)
Scope and Contents

Short essays by John Walker on human emotions and conduct, on Scottish antiquities, on a particular green caterpillar known to Linnaeus, and on the theory of the earth. Short commentary on these essays in the handwriting of a Lord Woodhouse, 'to whom the remarks seem to have been submitted'. Original contents page is at the back, possibly in Walker's hand (approximately 134 handwritten pages, with some drawings).

Dates: c1779

Papers in geography, history, and science, 1750-1781

Identifier: Coll205/2/2 (Dc.1.58)
Scope and Contents Approximately 75 mostly handwritten leaves, including a 2-page colour drawing of Burrum chundalle, an extract from a history of Louisiana by W. de Page du Pratz (1783); extract from a history of Sumatra by William Marsden (1783); extract from the 'Constitution of the German Empire', s.n., s.d.; extract from 'Baretti's Account of the Manners and Customs of Italy' (1775); extract from 'Baretti's Travels Thro' England Portugal Spain & France to Genoa (1760); extract from 'Travels thro'...
Dates: 1750-1781

Papers in geography, science, and letters, 1743-1783

Identifier: Coll-205/2/3 (Dc.1.59)
Scope and Contents Extracts: some classes of herbs; Fundamenta Agroslographia (1781); Shell marle (1783); Plants growing on Inch Colm; Observable stars, with map of certain constellations (on reverse of disused accounts work); alchemy (for one Mr Mackenzie); balloon trips in France; Fortification (with drawing), from Gentleman's Magazine, 1743; Forsler's round-the-world trip, transcribed ca. 1780; Phlogisticated air, by Mr Scheele, transcribed 1782; What became of various academics by 1784; The downfall of...
Dates: 1743-1783

Papers in Natural History, 1780s

Identifier: Coll 205/1 (Dc.1.18)
Scope and Contents

'Natural History of the Inhabitants of the Highlands, Book 2, with a glossary. 'Collection of Animals Brought from China an. 1787, by Mr Somerville Wilson, Surgeon of the Lord North Indiaman.' A 1789 museum inventory. Economic evaluation of proposed navigation between the Murray Forth and the Sound of Mull. Addendum to the essay on peat. Tables of mineral genera. Lists of natural history students in Edinburgh from 1782 (approximately 100 mostly handwritten pages of text and tables).

Dates: 1780s

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Natural History 9
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