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Playfair, John, 1748-1819 (scientist, mathematician, and professor of natural philosophy, University of Edinburgh)



  • Existence: 10 March 1748 - 20 July 1819

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Abstract of Journal of William Henry Playfair

 Fonds — Volume Dc.3.73
Identifier: Coll-1677
Content Description The volume is concerned mainly with affairs connected with the building of the University of Edinburgh, 1817-1822. It also lists details of income and expenditure during the period and, refers to other projects, clients etc.Playfair's opening paragraph describes this as an abstract of a journal of "the principal transactions and events of my life, chiefly in order to prevent doubt and confusion in matters of business."The volume mentions Playfair taking occupancy of...
Dates: 1817-1822

Astronomy notes circa 1804

Identifier: Coll-1543
Scope and Contents

The bound manuscript volume contains notes on 'Astronomy' and 'Spherical Trigon[ometry]'. There are a number of sketches within the notes.

Dates: 1800-1806

Class cards of Andrew Lawson, 1808-1810

Identifier: Coll-1848/23-0022
Scope and Contents

Two University of Edinburgh class cards admitting the bearer, Andrew Lawson, to David Ritchie's lectures on Logic & Metaphysics, 1808, and to John Playfair's lectures on Natural Philosophy, 1810.

Dates: 1808-1810

Degree certificate from the University of Edinburgh, 16 September 1809

 Item — Box CLX-A-1596
Identifier: Coll-1848/20-0049
Scope and Contents

This is a degree certificate from the University of Edinburgh awarded to Robert Anderson, a minister of Edinburgh, for his Doctorate of Divinity, on the 16th of September 1809. On vellum. Signed by Principal of the University George Husband Baird, as well as other prominent professors at the time, including Alexander Munro Senior (Secundus) and Tertius, Thomas Charles Hope, Andrew Duncan, James Gregory, John Playfair, John Leslie, et al.

Dates: 16 September 1809

Lecture notes of John Borthwick of Crookston

Identifier: Coll-1951
Scope and Contents Seven notebooks containing lecture notes taken down by John Borthwick of Crookston at the University of Edinburgh between 1802 and 1807. Notes on "Humanity" lectures Notes on lectures of Greek, translation from Fenelon's Télémaque and observations upon the maxims of La Rochefoucauld Notes on lectures on moral philosophy by Dugald...
Dates: 1802-1807

Letter Book of Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch

 Collection — Volume Gen.721
Identifier: Coll-1676
Scope and Contents Volume containing summaries of outgoing correspondence from Lord Lynedoch for 1830. A typed sheet inside the front cover lists recipients as: Beford (Duke of), Beresford (Lord), Cathcart (Earl of), Dacre (Lord), Dacre (Lady), Farquhar (Sir T.), Fleming (Admiral), Gardiner (Sir R.), Graham (Robert), Haddington (Earl of), Hare (Colonel), Harrington (Lord), Hill (Lord), Hill (Sir Rowland), Hope (Sir A.), Hope (Sir J.A.), Keith (Lady), Macdonald (General), MacGrigor (Sir J.),...
Dates: 01 Feb 1830 - 20 Sep 1830

Letter from Charles McKinnon to Joseph Black, 3 October 1785

Identifier: Coll-16/IV/23
Scope and Contents

Letter from Charles McKinnon, Kilmorie, Skye to Joseph Black, dated 3 October 1785. The letter is about his essay on incommensurability, Professor John Robinson, Professor John Playfair, Professor Dugald Stewart, Doctor Blacklock, etc.

Dates: 3 October 1785

Notebook No.4, May 1827- June 1827

Identifier: Coll-203/A1/4
Scope and Contents This notebook is a mix of geological observations, ruminations, and illustrations, Lyell also writes on law, society, and the church. A light natural leather journal, the cover reads "Index inside C" in ink. The notebook is written in pencil and ink. The following table of contents is Lyell's own words, copied from Lyell's own "Index", found at the beginning and end of the notebook, transcribed from digital surrogates using the platform...
Dates: May 1827- June 1827

Notebook No.80, 5 February 1840-25 June 1840

 Item — Box Lyell-temp-box 4: Series Coll-203/A1
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/80
Scope and Contents This brown leather notebooks contains inventories of shells and fossils, Lyell's thinking on geology. There are mentions of Darwin and Playfair; London and France; References to Darwin, Tertiary shells, etc. The index is on p. 113-116. The following table of contents is Lyell's own words, copied from Lyell's own "Index", found at the beginning and end of the notebook, transcribed from digital surrogates using the platform Transkribus....
Dates: 5 February 1840-25 June 1840

Professor Playfair, 1820

Identifier: Coll-10/4/136
Scope and Contents

Professor Playfair. Stipple engraving with letterpress. 1820. Holl, William, 1771-1838, Engraver; Wilson, Effingham, 1783-1868, Publisher.

Published in: The Biographical Magazine, vol. 2 (1820).

Dates: 1820