Minutes, 12 January 1808-16 April 1858
Scope and Contents
- details of the constitution of the society
- minutes concerning the scientific papers read at society meetings
- minutes concerning membership applications and acceptances by the society
- minutes concerning business matters of the society
- 12 January 1808-16 April 1858
- Wernerian Natural History Society (1808-1858) (Organization)
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
The Society's constitution was laid down in the second meeting on 20 January 1808. This included regulations for members, office-bearers, meetings, visitors, subscriptions and transactions. In addition a Charter for the Society was gained from the Town Council of Edinburgh.
Initially the Society had 4 categories of membership: honorary, resident, non-resident and foreign. The category "corresponding" was added in 1824. New membership applications were brisk in the first 15 years of the society, so that by 1823 there were approximately 500 members, although only around 130 of these were resident. After this new memberships slowed. Nominations for these were accepted at the monthly meeting and ratified at the following meeting. Other business affairs, such as the nomination of office-bearers, were also conducted at the monthly meetings.
However, the main focus of meetings were the papers concerning all aspects of natural history which were read by members and guests of the society. Until 1823 these tended to concentrate on the earth sciences: geology, minerology and meteorology. Later the emphasis shifted to the pure sciences and life sciences: chemistry, physics, botany, zoology and entomology. Most of the scientists who gave papers consented to having their work published in the Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society or, after 1839 in the Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal . This consent was minuted.
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- Appointment to Office
- Edinburgh (Scotland)
- Jameson, Robert, 1774-1854 (geologist and professor of natural history, University of Edinburgh)
- Natural History
- Nominations for Membership
- Scholarly Publishing
- Societies, Natural History
- Town Council, Edinburgh
- Wernerian Natural History Society (1808-1858)