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Notebook No.62, 3 February 1836-12 August 1836

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 3
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/62

Scope and Contents

In this green leather notebook, Lyell's notes focus on Scottish and British geology, and planning for Principles and Elements of Geology. He and Mary visit the Isle of Arran for the first time, their visit referenced in Leonard Wilson's book. Spectacular drawings of Goatfell, envisioning lava veins, as well as line drawings of the landscape. Notes are written in pencil and ink, with tables, illustrations, lists, and draft letters.

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. When known, Lyell's abbreviations and contractions have been expanded using brackets []. When writing is unclear, and transcription is not possible, this is denoted using [...]. Quotation marks are Lyell's own notation for ditto, as is the abbreviation "d'o". The inclusion of [sic] indicates the misspelling of a word is deliberate and taken from the notebook.

Lyell's Own Index

p. 1, Anniv[ersar]y Address, time taken by
p. 3, Toasts given at
p. 8 to 13, Bowen, Lieut[enant], on the Mingan Islands, boulders, ice
p. 14, 15, 17, 18, [Bowen lieutenant] queries for,
p. 17, De Beaumont on Elev[ation] craters
p. 19, [De Beaumont] on Etna
p. 21, Basaltic columns in Iceland; Basaltic columns of the Andes
p. 22, Principles of Geol[ogy], Illustr[ations] for
p. 24, [Principles of Geol[ogy]], 5th Ed[ition] of, when began
p. 32, 34, 39, 41 [Principles of Geol[ogy]], cost of Illustr[ations] for
p. 53, Mem[oranda] for 6th Ed[ition] of
p. 23, Serres, M. on light in Arctic regions - plants
p. 26, Blackadder, M. on section of Strathmore
p. 28, [Blackadder, M.] on Isle of Bute
p. 30, Lenz, M., on level of Caspian
p. 30, Thinnfeld, Mr., of Styria, offer of becoming guide
p. 38, Grant, Capt[ain] on Sindree
p. 40, Plafsey field of battle said to have subsided
p. 46, Edinburgh, cracks in clay in sand pit near
p. 50, Kinnordy, the bastard dike
p. 51, Dent du Midi, current of mud [et cetera] from (in Athenaeum)
p. 55, [Kinnordy], works on Nat[ural] Hist[ory], at
p. 58, [Kinnordy], birds on Tower at
p. 58, Edinburgh, Portobello sands, shells [et cetera] on,
p. 58, Dundee, circular blubber fish on rippled sands
p. 61, 62, Sedgwick + Murchison's paper, notes on
p. 62, Arran, upheaval of granite in
p. 65, 66, 67, [Arran] notes on from Dr. MacCulloch
p. 61 to 73, Elements of Geol[ogy] notes for
p. 71, [Elements of Geol[ogy]] arrangement of the work
p. 74, Dalmuir, terrace on side of Clyde, R.,
p. 81, 89, Glen Rossie
p. 81, 84, 88, 92, 96, 104 Granite + veins
p. 84, Denudation
p. 86, 88, 94, Veins in
p. 90, Glen Sannox
p. 96, Inland cliff
p. 96, 101, 112, Trap dikes in conglomerate
p. 98 Strawellan, veins of sandst[one]
p. 108, Corrygills, great block
p. 106, 112, [Corrygills], dikes at
p. 110, [Corrygills], hollow in cliff at [Corrygills]
p. 114, Smith's paper, notes on,


  • Creation: 3 February 1836-12 August 1836


Language of Materials



117 folios

58 Leaves

1 volume

Archivist's Note

Created by Elise Ramsay, Project Archivist, April 2021

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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