Ref NoGB-110/JES/GD
TitleCorrespondence between Sir James Edward Smith, George Don, Samuel Goodenough, and Charles Lyell
AdminHistoryGeorge Don (1764-1814), botanist, born Ireland Farm, Menmuir, Angus (Forfarshire). First botanist to extensively and repeatedly explore the Scottish Highlands, collected mainly between 1780 and 1806.

Gardener at Dupplin Castle, near Perth, 1779. Married Caroline Clementine Sophia Oliphant Stuart (? 1767-1834). Head gardener at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, 1802-1806. Owned a nursery, Dove Hillock, but ran into financial difficulties.

Published "Herbarium Britannicum" (1804-1812/13) and an 'Account of the Native Plants in the county of Forfar, and the Animals to be found there' in the James Headrick's "Agricultural Survey of the county of Angus".

Died 14 January 1814, leaving his family in financial ruin.
DescriptionLetters from George Don to James Edward Smith and Samuel Goodenough, forwarded to Smith, from Samuel Goodenough to Smith, and from Charles Lyell to Smith. Extensive discussion of Scottish cryptogamic plants, with numerous extant specimens.
Date1801-20th cent.
LevelSeries
Extent83 items, 126 sp
LanguageEnglish
ArrangementUnclear
PrevRefNoMS/300 (Oversize)
Finding_AidsFurley, D, "George Don (1764-1814): Collection of Correspondence 1802-1813", Linnean Society
Access_StatusOpen
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