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Notebook No.114, 7 October 1843- January 1844

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 5
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/114

Scope and Contents

This notebook contains Charles Lyell’s notes from his travels through Scotland (started in previous notebook, Number 113) and return to London. On the 14th December he is with Darwin. It is dated October 7, 1843 to January 1844. Notes are in pencil and ink.The notebook index is located in the back of the notebook on pages 113-116. Page 48 lists the ‘state of the M.S. Notebooks and seems to refer to a review – perhaps creating the index? - of the Scientific Notebooks 94 to 96 as well as referring to letters, Diary, and M[ary?]’s journal. A specimen held at the Cockburn Geological Museum has been identified as relating to this trip, reference EUCM.0127.2013 found at Rutheries Bay, Stonehaven.

Transcription note:

The following table of contents is Lyell's own words, copied from Lyell's own "Index", found at the 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 "do". The inclusion of [sic] indicates the misspelling of a word is deliberate and taken from the notebook. Note there is a deletion in the index referencing page 104 'corals' is scored out, and replaced by 'sharks'.

Lyell's own index

Scotland. Oct[ober]. 7th/ [18]43 to Jan[uary]./ [18]44.
p. [1, 3] Upper Falls of Kennie [sic Kenny]
p. 1 - [Upper Falls of Kennie [sic Kenny]] Marked surfaces of trap & conglom[erate]
p. 3 - [Upper Falls of Kennie [sic Kenny]] Potholes
p. 4, 5, 6, 7 Letters from America, Index to
p. 6 Aberdeen Algae
p. 8 - [Aberdeen] Fossil shell, list of,
p. 8 - [Aberdeen] Boulder Formation
p. 9 - [Aberdeen] Laminated clay
p. 10 - [Aberdeen] Various geo[logical] notes
p. 10 - [Aberdeen] Comatula
p. 12 - [Aberdeen] Section
p. 13 - [Aberdeen] chalk fossils
p. 13 Nig Bay [sic Nigg Bay], Boulder Form[ation]
p. 14 Aberdeen, hills covered with snow
p. 14 Garron Pt. dyke of mica schist
p. 16, 18 Stonehaven, junct[ion] of sandst[one]. & clay slate
p. 20 - [Stonehaven] strike of sandst[one]. & mica schist
p. 20 - [Stonehaven] sea shells near,
p. 20 Aberdeen sea shells
p. 22 Hill of Culhawk, great block of mica schist
p. 23 Hill of Culhawk, Boulder
p. 24 Black Hill, section
p. 28 Contemporaneous mammalia
p. 28 Mammalia found 16000ft high at Himal[aya]
p. 29 Georgia chalk fossils
p. 30, [3]1, [3]2, [3]4 E. Forbes, N. Jersey shells
p. 36 Georgia, list of fossil shells
p. 37 Dr. Falconer, Himalaya mammalia
p. 38 Mem[orandum]. of Papers refused by G[eological]. S[ociety].
p. 39 Plan of future occupations to 1847 [from Dec 1843 – Jan 1847]
p. 40 Great Flood in India, 1841
p. 40 to 47 New Jersey, list of cretaceous
p. 47 Length of the [SS] G[reat]. Britain
p. 49, 74 Acc[oun]t. with C. Sowerby
p. 50 Humboldt’s narrative, Coast of Mexico and Brazil
p. 51 Darwin, dust of Pampas in hurricane
p. 51, 52 - [Darwin] theory of the origin of Coal
p. 54, 55, 56 Timber Creek, list of corals
p. 57 New Jersey greensand, saurious
p. 59, 60 American insects, list of,
p. 61 E. Forbes, S[outh]. Washington Cereopora
p. 61 - [E. Forbes] Indian cretaceous species
p. 62 Giovanni coal
p. 62 Richmond earth, Infusoriae
p. 63 G. Ehrenburg, address
p. 64, [6]6, [6]7, [6]9 S[earles]. Wood, U[nited].S[tates]. miocene shells,
p. 65 Wilmington and Williamsburg corals
p. 70 to 73 Notes for tour in India
p. 75 C. Darwin, Veined Obsidian
p. 76 - [C. Darwin] Pampas
p. 78 - [C. Darwin] E[lie]. de Beaumont’s paper
p. 80 - [C. Darwin] Falkland Islands
p. 80, 82 Tennant, Plumbago and Anthracite
p. 82 - [Tennant] Mica schist & bitum[inous] shale
p. 83 Ohio Mounds
p. 84, 86 Itinerary, Bridgwater to Glynn
p. 88 Lonsdale, Falmouth beds
p. 88 - [Lonsdale] Bottom of sea in Scilly Isl[ands]
p. 90 - [Lonsdale] Denudation of Falmouth coast
p. 90 - [Lonsdale] Structure of Appalachians
p. 90 Devon and Cornwall
Nov[ember] 24 & D[ecember]. 1-26. - J[anuary] 6
Memor[andum] of continuous Journal p 48
p. 92 to 94 Hall's Report, notes
p. 94 Lonsdale, Falmouth strata
p. 96 Geinitz, corals of Saxon chalk
p. 98 Section from Launceston to Trebarrow
p. 100 Blackdown range, shape of,
p. 100 Banwell Cave
p. 103 Chalk fossils of Engl[and], France, & Germ[any]
p. 104, 106 Dr. Richardson, corals Sharks in Indian Ocean, Europe, and America
p. 106 Hitchcock in Amer[ican] Trans[actions]
p. 110 Waterhouse, address
p. 111 College Institution, Liverpool Institut[ion] to lecture from,
p. 112 Mem[oranda] of Letters sent


  • Creation: 7 October 1843- January 1844


Language of Materials



116 folios

58 Leaves

1 volume

Cockburn Geological Museum

Page 20 of this notebook documents finds of specimens at Rutheries Bay, reference EUCM.0127.2013.

Processing Information

Transcribed by Drew Coleman, volunteer; catalogued by Pamela McIntyre, Strategic Projects Archivist, November 2022

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