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Records of the Newtonian Society, Edinburgh

Identifier: Coll-175

Scope and Contents

The records consist of a minute book covering 30 April 1760 to 27 November 1763, and also January 1764, and with the petition of A. Copland for membership, 17 December 1763. There is also a book of laws and the signatures of members of the Society, as well as a roll of miscellaneous questions to be debated.


  • 1760-1764

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Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

The Newtonian Society, Edinburgh, was formed on 30 April 1760 after consideration of the 'Advantages as well as pleasure which may arise from a more close Application to the Study of Natural Philosophy'. Its membership included David Wilkie, Samuel Charters, Alexander Thomson, Robert Hamilton, Michael Nasmith, Robert Blair, Thomas Young, George Douglas, and others.


2 volumes, 1 envelope containing photocopied pages of these.

Physical Location

Gen. 1423-1424

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records received November 1968, Accession no. E68.41.
Records of the Newtonian Society, Edinburgh
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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