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Collection of letters sent by various individuals to members of the Lyell and Horner families

 Collection — Box: CLX-A-1705
Identifier: Coll-1989

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of 108 autograph letters sent from various scientists, politicians, economists, artists etc. to members of the Lyell and Horner families. Also includes 41 portraits (photographs, etchings, and engravings).

Letter recipients (in alphabetical order):

  1. Byrne, Fanny Horner (1789-1876), sister of Leonard Horner;
  2. Horner, Anna Susanna (1786-1862), married to Leornard Horner;
  3. Horner, Frances Joanna (1814-1894), sister of Mary Lyell;
  4. Horner, Francis (1778-1817), brother of Leonard Horner;
  5. Horner, Joanna Baillie (b 1823), sister of Mary Lyell;
  6. Horner, Leonard (1785-1864), father of Mary Lyell;
  7. Horner, Susan (1816-1900), sister of Mary Lyell;
  8. Lyell, Charles (1767-1849), father of Charles Lyell (1797-1875);
  9. Lyell, Charles (1797-1875), Scottish geologist;
  10. Lyell, Katharine Murray (1817-1915), sister of Mary Lyell;
  11. Lyell, Mary (1808-1873), married to Charles Lyell;
  12. Lyell, Leonard (1850-1926), son of Katharine Murray Lyell;
  13. Lyell, Rosamond Frances Anne (1856-1904), daughter of Katharine Murray Lyell;
  14. Pertz, Dorothea (1859-1939), daughter of Leonora Horner;
  15. Power, Anne (1789-1867), sister of Leonard Horner.

Please see individual descriptions for further details.


  • Creation: 1791-1903

Language of Materials


Physical Description

Slight dust-staining, but fair overall.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.


74 bundles (in 7 folders)


Arranged in alphabetical order, by sender.

Custodial History

"Artificial" collection of letters gathered together by a bookseller due to their relationship to Charles and Mary Lyell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in different tranches from the same bookseller in July and in November 2020. Accessions no. SC-Acc-2020-0052, SC-Acc-2020-0053, SC-Acc-2020-0054, SC-Acc-2020-0056, SC-Acc-2020-0057, SC-Acc-2020-0065, SC-Acc-2021-0044.

Physical Description

Slight dust-staining, but fair overall.

Processing Information

Catalogued in December 2023 and in March 2024 by Aline Brodin, using information provided by the seller.

Collection of letters sent by various individuals to Charles and Mary Lyell, and their family
Aline Brodin
December 2023 - March 2024
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Revision Statements

  • added the rest of INLIBRIS letters: March 2024

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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