Special Collections: William Jardine

The William Jardine papers relate to the Sir William Jardine the naturalist and ornithologist, seventh Baronet of Applegirth, Dumfriesshire (1800-1874).

They consist almost entirely of letters received by Sir William between 1821 and 1848. There are a few copies of draft replies and letters between others presumably sent to Jardine for reference.

Other material includes a manuscript volume for "Contributions to Ornithology"; reprints of articles by Jardine and other contemporary scientists; a journal of his tour of Holland in 1825; and three scrapbooks:

  • "Jardine Hall Flower Garden" containing botanical drawings
  • "Miscellanea Zoologica" containing notes, drawings and cuttings
  • Salmon Fisheries Survey with notes, sketch maps and views of rivers, copies of rules of fishing associations and newspaper cuttings.

A Finding List of the archive was created by Joy Pitman in 1981.

Portrait of Sir William Jardine circa 1864