Ref NoMS/605
TitleAn account of the topographical and geographical situation of His Majesty's Botanic Garden at St Vincent - Alexander Anderson
AdminHistoryAlexander Anderson FRSE FLS was a Scottish surgeon and botanist, born in 1748 in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and was briefly employed at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, England, before he emigrated in 1774 to New York, USA.

In 1785, Anderson served as one of the first two superintendent curators of the St Vincent Botanic Gardens, along with George Young. He spent over 25 years supervising the garden and during his tenure the number of species at the garden increased from 348 to over 3,000. Meanwhile he also spent time writing papers, describing the tropical plants and landscapes he found there to be sent back to The Linnean Society for his peers to study, along with botanical drawings he had commissioned.

Also during this time he conducted travels throughout the Guianas, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago discovering, for Western natural scientists, more than 100 varieties of Caribbean plants.

He was a correspondent of James Edward Smith and Sir Joseph Banks and was a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He resigned his post in July 1811, and died on 8 September in the same year on St. Vincent Island, Caribbean (although the Royal Society of Edinburgh gives his date of death as 10 May 1811).
Description"An account of the topographical and geographical situation of His Majesty's Botanic Garden at St Vincent, With an account of the history of its formation (incl. transcripts of some of the letters of appointment of Anderson as Superintendent)"

The account includes description of the situation of the gardens as well as naming some of the species of plant that can be found. It also contains historical information on the formation of the gardens and Anderson's own role within it.

Date estimated by cataloguer.
Extent12 bf
Related MaterialMore manuscripts relating to Anderson can be found at MS/606; MS/607; MS/610; MS/611; MS/612; MS/613; MS/614; MS/615; MS/616; MS/617; MS/618
Botanical drawings relating to Anderson can be found at MS/609
NotesTranscript available for consultation - Annexe, drawer 2a
Creator NameAnderson, Alexander
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