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Correspondence - Letters from Sir Charles Lyell , 1829-1874

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-203/B3

Scope and Contents

A series of letters sent by Charles Lyell, to others. Some of these correspondents also appear in the two A-Z series. It is not clear why these letters have been separated from earlier series of records, however they may have been gathered together by Katharine Lyell in her editorial of 'Life, Letters and Journals', with some marked 'not copied', published or unpublished.

Letter recipients (in alphabetical order):

  1. Agassiz Memorial Fund
  2. Bunbury, Sir Charles James Fox (1809-1886)
  3. Bunbury, Frances Joanna Horner, 1814-1894
  4. Byrne, Fanny Horner (1789-1876), sister of Leonard Horner
  5. Charlesworth, Edward (1813-1893)
  6. The Geological Club
  7. Granville, George Leveson Gower, 2nd Earl Granville (1815-1891)
  8. Horner, Leonard (1785-1864), father of Mary Lyell;
  9. Huxley, Thomas Henry (1825-1895)
  10. Mantell, Gideon Algernon (1790-1852)
  11. Moore, John Carrick (1805–1898)
  12. Murchison, Sir Roderick Impey (1792-1871)


  • Creation: 1829-1874



143 letter


The physical arrangement reflects the order in which the material was received from Sotheby's - the letters are arranged alphabetically by surname of author. Correspondence from Christopher Kerr and G. A. Jamieson in relation to Kinnordy Estate was removed from this series and placed in the series of files relating to Kinnordy Estate.

Custodial History

This series forms part of the Sir Charles Lyell papers which were transferred to the University of Edinburgh by the executors of the late Charles Lyell, 3rd Baron Lyell, after his death on 11 January 2017 via the UK HM Revenue and Customs Acceptance in Lieu of Inheritance Tax scheme. These papers were retained in private hands by the Lyell Family at Kinnordy House, Angus, Scotland and then briefly in the care of Sotheby's Auction House before their transfer to the University of Edinburgh in 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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