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Correspondence from Joseph Beete Jukes and family, 1864-1871

Identifier: Coll-74/12/8

Scope and Contents

The Correspondence from Joseph Beete Jukes and family series consists of:

  1. 18 letters, chronologically arranged (1864-1871)


  • Creation: 1864-1871


Language of Materials


Physical Description

18 letters None which affect the use of this material

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Beete Jukes (1811-1869) was director of the Geological Survey of Ireland. He wrote to Sir Archibald Geike on a variety of topics relating to the surveying and mapping he was working on in Ireland, particularly rules and procedures and also the lack of competency of some of the staff involved.

Jukes referred to communications he had had with colleagues, such as Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay (1814-1891), Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871) and, fellow member of the Irish survey, Joseph O'Kelly (1832-1883). He also provided a suggested route for Geikie to follow during a visit to France and neighbouring countries in 1867, commenting on many geological features.

Specific geological topics are also referred to, such as different types of rocks, glacial drift (comparing Scotland and Ireland) and volcanic activity. He commented on specific aspects of the geology of the area around Edinburgh.

After Jukes' death, his wife, Georgina Augusta Jukes, wrote to Geikie concerning work to be done in Ireland, problems associated with it and an offer made to her by Geikie.


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