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Diary of geologist James Nicol when he was an Edinburgh University student

Identifier: Coll-1914

Scope and Contents

This is the manuscript diary of James nicol (1810-1879), an Edinburgh University student in medicine and natural history, who would later become a geologist and Professor of Natural history at the University of Aberdeen. The journal was written between the 10th of October 1840, to the 21st of March 1841, when he attended the Winter Session at Berlin University. Enclosed in the volume are typed notes, giving a rather detailed index of the diary's contents. In his journal, James Nicol describes his experience of Berlin, the lectures he attends, the people he meets, the conversations he has, and his own reflections and thoughts on various subjects such as German Universities, theology, militarism, etc.


  • Creation: 10 October 1840-21 March 1841

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1 volume

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Gen. 713

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 1963. Accession no E63/18.

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Description created by Aline Brodin in April 2019.

Diary of geologist James Nicol when he was an Edinburgh University student, 1840-1841
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