Skip to main content

Notebook No.71, 8 May 1838- August 1838

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 3
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/71

Scope and Contents

This dark brown leather notebook with yellow edged pages contains notes by Charles Lyell primarily in ink and include lists, sketches, and longer form essays, chiefly notes on the Crag and Crag fossils. The index is located on p. 71, the final leaf and back inside cover.

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

No[tebook] 71 Index May to Aug[us]t 1838
p. 5,11,12, Meulien, Made[Madame or Mademoiselle]
p. 1,4,5,12,62,97, Mem[orand]a
p. 8, Margaric acid
p. 11, Silkiman, sheets sent to
p. 10, Silurian fossils, list of
p. 12, Elements, N[umber] of pages of
M.S. + type in
p. 28, [Elements] to whom given -
p. 12, Box Moor + Watford geol[ogy]
p. 13, Ivinghoe + Steps hill
p. 13,14, Chalk escarpment
p. 13,14 [Chalk] outlier
p. 16, Hartwell n[ea]r Aylesbury
p. 17, Tertiary, absence of
p. 16,18, Aylesbury limestone
p. 18, Leighton buzzard
p. 23, [Leighton buzzard] + Tring, stratif[iactio]n of the
country between, nearly
p. 24, Linsdale section
p. 25, Charlesworth's notes on
Crag district
p. 29, Grays fossils, Sowerby on
p. 31, Stutton d[itt]o
p. 32, Shells, works on
p. 37, Bunbury, M[oun]t on Crag
p. 47, Gibsons pits, Ilford
p. 50, Fairholme, extract from
p. 51, Pairfleet, Greenhithe
p. 52, Ipswich Museum
p. 54,56, Sudbourn park
p. 56, Brinkley's farm, pit
p. 58,60, Chaplins pit
p. 64, Sudbown, diagonal
p. 64, [Sudbown] London Clay at
p. 64, Clarke on dip of London
Clay + Crag
p. 54,66, Collections of fossils
p. 66, Aldringham pit
p. 66, Friston, pit at
p. 68, Haslewood pit
p. 68, Aldborough pit
p. 68,70, Thorpe pit
p. 72, Southwold sect[io]n
p. 72, Alexander, Capt[ai]n on D[itt]o
p. 83,95, [Alexander, Capt.] on Easton fossils
p. 86, [Alexander, Capt.] on Elephants tusk
with serfule[?]
p. 94, [Alexander, Capt.] on Happisboro' [sp] fossils
p. 76 to 83,94, Easton Bavent section
+ fossils
p. 84,118,122, Mastodon
p. 86,88,120,106, Bramerton, fossil verte[-]
p. 88,90,92,98,106, [Bramerton] foss[il] shells
p. 91, Whale, earbone fossil
p. 95, Reydon pit, Southwold
p. 96 Foss[il] bones bought at

p. 112 Postwick section
p. 97,102,105,109,123 - fossils
p. 106 Fitch, Mr on Brameston fossils
p. 120 [Fitch, Mr] on foss[ils] marn[?] in alia
p. 104,108 Norwich Crag
p. 110,123 Cassis fossil
p. 110 Whitlingham
p. 112,114,116,118,68,70 Thorpe section & fossils
p. 118,122,124 Wigham's Collection
p. 122 Echini in flint
p. 122 Bird, fossil at Thorpe
p. 124 Cement to join shells
+ bone

p. 11 Arago
p. 7 Cantor, Dr
p. 88 Callcott
p. 9 Dixon
p. 33 Flower
p. 88 Fitch
p. 5 Grant Capt[ai]n
p. 72 Gurney
p. 6 Holst
p. 12 Ingham
p. 104 King
p. 6 Sly
p. 66 Self
p. 104 Wigham


  • Creation: 8 May 1838- August 1838


Language of Materials



127 folios

63 Leaves

1 volume

Archivist's Note

Transcribed by Michael Lord, June 2021; Catalogued by Elise Ramsay, Project Archivist, June 2021

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
+44(0)131 650 8379