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Extracts and notes on natural history, c1770

Identifier: Coll-205/4/2 (Dc.2.37)

Scope and Contents

Extracts chiefly from Sir Robert Sibbald's books and MSS on natural history in the Advocates' Library. Subjects include minerals, antiquities (e.g., Roman epigraphy, bones in medieval battlefields), sea and animal life, native customs (magical scarves that cattlemen's wives once wore), geographic curiosities (a cliff that shines in the sun, a natural hole of unsoundable depth, there being no frogs in Getland, etc.) Approximately 178 handwritten pages.

Authorship not known with certainty. At least two people.


  • Creation: c1770


Language of Materials

English Latin

Physical Description

1 bound volume


From the Fonds: 1 metre approx

Physical Description

1 bound volume

Archivist's Note

Duncan Fisher 18 March 2002

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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