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Notebook No.83, 30 July 1840-12 October 1840

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 4
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/83

Scope and Contents

This brown leather notebook contains notes on France, London, and Kinnordy, predominantly pencil in first part, containing field notes and multiple sketches of geological formations. Notes include significant list of Norwich Crag fossils sent to Dr Fleming, some drawings with use of colour evident; notes on glacial moraines observed in Angus with Dr. Buckland. Index on p. 113-116, both covers are blank.

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.

Archivist's Note

No. 83, July 30th to October 12th 1840
France - London - Kinnordy
p. 1, Petit Andelys cliffs
p. 1, Tete d'homme
p. 1, to 28, Seine, cliffs in valley of,
p. 4,8, Cote du Thuit
p. 8,10, [Cote du Thuit] overhanging chalk
p. 14,20,22,26,28, Chalk pinnacles
p. 16, Tournedos cliffs
p. 1,16,18,26, Joints in chalk,
p. 22, Pont St. Pierre
p. 24, Elbouf
p. 24, Pont de Varel
p. 26, Roche de Pignon
p. 28, Powdery chalk,
p. 34,36,40, Havre, sections at,
p. 40, Etretat section
p. 38, Tour, plan of,
p. 42, Fecamp, deep cut in chalk
p. 47,74, Cone paper, queries on,
p. 65, [Cone paper] 2 species at least from F. Etoupe
p. 48,66,76, Darwin, queries for,
p. 49, Sowerby on Touraine foss[il] shells
p. 49, Voluta Lamberti from Ranville, [Touraine fossils]
p. 49, Pyrula spirillus [Touraine fossils]
p. 49, [Pyrula spirillus] like melongena [Touraine fossils]
p. 50, [Pyrula spirillus] reticulata [Touraine fossils]
p. 51, Caeon, slight dip of beds in distance of 6 miles w[ould] make them apear high up,
p. 51, Faluns, proportional number of different species of foss[il] shells in,
p. 54, [Faluns] fossils in, how preserved,
p. 68, Lonsdale, queries for,
p. 52, [Lonsdale] on specimens from Tete d'homme [et cetera]
p. 57, Fleming, D. list of Crag fossils sent to,
p. 62, Sismonda [list of Crag fossils sent to]
p. 68, Blackadder on peat-mosses of Rossshire [sic]
p. 68, [Blackadder] on shelly clay at Dundee
p. 68, Kintail, peat mosses
p. 71,73, Arran, geol[ogy] of,
p. 75, Agassiz on fossil teeth [et cetera] from Savigne + Dinan
p. 77, Bonaly, view of,
p. 76, Serpentine of Balloch
p. 84, [Serpentine] of Cortachie
p. 79,83,85, Drumclune dike
p. 79,80, Milne, on Serp[entine] of Balloch + dikes of Strathmore
p. 80, [Milne] on parallel roads
p. 82, Keilhau, on non-derangem[ent] of rocks at contact with granite
p. 82,83, [Keilhau] notes on,
p. 80, Conglomerate near foot bridge over the Carity
p. 84, Roson Bridge, dike,
p. 86, Cortachie river terraces with erratics in old river cliffs at,
p. 89, Downie Park, old river terraces
p. 89, Achinblac, glacier moraines at,
p. 89,96, Buckland, Dr., notes made when with,
p. 89, Lateral moraines,
p. 89, Serpentine too soft to take polish
p. 90, Pearsie, porphyry polished at,
p. 90, [Pearsie] ponds on moraine at,
p. 92, Auchleishie Hill, sketch of,
p. 91, Denudation - ice may filled centre of valleys
p. 96, Balloch, den of,
p. 96, Catlaw, moraine at foot of,
p. 98 to 102, Bakie Loch, moraine hillocks
p. 104, [Bakie Loch] sections of,
p. 108, [Bakie loch] ground plan of,
p. 98, Moraine from Cairnwell to Drumdairn
p. 102, Lindertis, circular lake or swamp at,
p. 110, [Lindertis] view from Leys of,
p. 110, Shell-marl proves modern recession of glaciers
p. 33, Mad[ame] Mousset


  • Creation: 30 July 1840-12 October 1840


Language of Materials



116 folios

58 Leaves

1 volume