Ref NoMS/607a
TitleDescriptions of plants in Latin & English - 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 plant.

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).
DescriptionDescriptions of plants from the St Vincent Botanic Gardens in Latin & English, arranged under various heads, e.g. Curious or Ornamental, Fruits, Esculent, Medicinal, In Oeconomy, Commercial & Medicinal, etc. Some of these descriptions relate to the 148 botanical drawings that can be found in MS/609.

The plants are listed using the Linnaean classification system and are described mostly in English with some Latin. It includes plants native to the area and plants introduced artificially including, in some, information on the person who introduced it.

The documents are written in both Latin and English.

Date taken from original cataloguing information.

While this material seems to have been part of MS/607 originally, it was packaged and paginated separately and is therefore listed as such.
Extent152 pp
Related MaterialMore manuscripts relating to Anderson can be found at MS/605; MS/606; MS/610; MS/611; MS/612; MS/613; MS/614; MS/615; MS/616; MS/617; MS/618
NotesPresented to the Linnean Society in 1815
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