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Notebook No.78, 12 August 1839-17 October 1839

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 3
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/78

Scope and Contents

This dark maroon colored leather notebook contains Charles Lyell's specimen lists, to do lists, notes from colleagues publications, sketches, many blank pages. Miscellaneous notes; pp.21-22 - References to Darwin's 'Glen Roy' paper. Front and back cover are blank, index is p. 115-6.

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

Aug[us]t 12th 1839.

Index - 12th Aug[us]t to 17th Oct[obe]r 1839.
Kinnordy [and] London.
p. 2, 92, 97, G. Sowerby, mem[orandum] for.
p. 54, - [G. Sowerby] on Melanopsido in collection
p. 68, - [G. Sowerby] on Superga bivalves,
p. 79, - [G. Sowerby] on shells in mud of Dundee harbour,
p. 79, - [G. Sowerby] on Craigie deposit_
p. 80, - [G. Sowerby] on Mayence fossils,
p. 92, - [G. Sowerby] shells to be got by,
p. 107, - [G. Sowerby] on Cardium eolicum,
p. 4, 6, 21, 22, Darwin, notes on his Glen Roy paper,
p. 1, Wigham, abstract of letter to,
p. 110, Conrad D'o [abstract of letter to]
p. 58, Silliman, note of letter from,
p. 64, Sismonda D'o [note of letter from]
p. 64, Archiac D'o [note of letter from]
p. 50, 53, 64, 67, 76, 77, 80, 103, 109, 112, Memoranda
p. 2, Pennant on Parallel roads,
p. 3, 6, to 20, Forfarshire geology,
p, 3, 6, to 20, Blackadder on Geol[ogy] of Angus,
p. 4, 6, 21, 22, - [Blackadder] on Glen Roy,
p. 8, 14, 17, 19, 21, 23, 32, 38, [Glen Roy] Mortar,
p. 17, - [Glen Roy] period,
p. 10, Gravels of Angus,
p. 12, Lunan gravels,
p. 12, 17, Sands drift,
p. 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, Erratics
p. 15, Buttresses,
p. 12, 17, Barry sands,
p. 14, Cortachie boulders,
p. 16, Gravel with contorted [and] inclined beds,
p. 19, Clays of Strathmore once in shape of mortar,
p. 24, Granite protuberances in situ,
p. 24 to 30, 34, Rescobie Loch, rise of island in,
p. 32, [Rescobie Loch] Quarry water in rocks,
p. 32, Leys Mill quarry.
p. 40, Isle of Man, draw[in]g of,
p. 42, Stourton quarries,
p. 44, D'Orbigny on Foraminif[er]a
p. 44, India when to send letters to,
p. 49, Severn Valley, new red sand[s]t[one] diagonally stratif[ie]d [and] covered with drift blocks
p. 49, De la Beche on desquamation of granite boulders,
p. 50, Faraday, queries for,
p. 50, Lonsdale D'o [Ditto] _
p. 50, Chigwell sect[io]n at, -
p. 53, Owen, mem[orandum] for. _
p. 55, Mundesley shells, list of,
p. 56, Runton D'o [Ditto] _ D'o [Ditto] _
p. 57, Sand pipe paper to whom given
p. 59, Odennheimer, letter from,
p. 58, Sefstroms paper on furrowed rocks in Scandinavia, notes on,
p. 64, Fleming, Dr., how to send to
p. 65, Wigham's rec[...]t for fixing on shells,
p. 67, Buddles paper, notes on,
p. 68, Daniell, Prof[essor], on contents of sand pipes,
p. 54, Melanopsida in the Collection exam[ine]d by G Sow[erb]y
p. 68, Superga bivalves, D'o [Ditto],
p. 72, Gumprecht [and] Rose on volc[ani]c [and] plutonic rocks,
p. 109, Von Dechen, Oeynhausen [and] Rose on rocks of Sky,
p. 75, Buddles paper on sinking of surface over Coal Mines, notes on,
p. 77, Principles [and] Elements, sale of,
p. 79, Dundee harbour, shells in mud of,
p. 79, Craigie deposit,
p. 80, Mayence shells, list of,
p. 83, Gedgrave shells named by Mr. Wood,
p. 110, - Helix,
p. 86, Weybourn shells, list of
p. 87, Cromer D'o [Ditto] D'o [Ditto]
p. 93 [and] 101, Bridlington D'o [Ditto] D'o [Ditto]
p. 89, Duplicates, to whom to be given,
p. 96, Ilford fossil bones,
p. 100, Owen on Kyson fossils,
p. 100, Tertiary period, proposed divisions of,
p. 98, Valenciennes on shells common to Red Sea [and] Mediter[ranea]n
p. 104, Term "Recent",
p. 107, Cardium colicum,
p. 111, Lyell's Modern changes proposed titles,
p. 109, Conrad, T.A.,
p. 3, Chambers,
p. 112, Dujardin, -
p. 75, Gumprecht, Dr.,
p. 3, Milne, D., -
p. 90, Webster -


  • Creation: 12 August 1839-17 October 1839


Language of Materials



117 folios

58 Leaves

1 volume

Archivist's Note

Transcribed by Erin McRae, volunteer, June 2021; Catalogued by Elise Ramsay, Project Archivist, June 2021

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