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Papers relating to antiquarian interests

Manuscript catalogues reflecting John Anderson's interest in fossils, natural history subjects and antiquities; diary of a tour to the Western Isles; account of the Antonine Wall.

Catalogue of curiosities collected by Robert Woodrow

MS copy made by John Anderson, Glasgow College, 1 October 1760, of a catalogue of curisosities, 1703. Prefaced 'Copy of a small tattered book lent to me by the Reverend Mr. Peter Woodrow, Minister at Turbowtoun [ie Tarbolton], which he says i...

Woodrow, Robert, 1679-1734, ecclesiastical historian

'Ingresso d'un antico ginnasio'

'Piranesi F.''17' endorsed in bottom right corner.From Opere varie di Architettura (1750 and later), this plate appeared only in editions after 1760 (Wilton-Ely, John, Giovanni Battista Piranesi: the complete etchings (San Fran...

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1726-1778, engraver and architect

Operator's books for John Anderson's experiments

The volumes list the apparatus required for each experiment, which Anderson's laboratory assistant or 'operator' would be expected to set out for him. One volume (MS 30.4) has also been used for notes on astronomy.

Rain gauge records for Glasgow

Rainfall records for Glasgow, 1761-1795, taken by John Anderson from rain gauges in the College garden and on the top of Professor Anderson's house.

Diary of a tour in the Western Isles

The purpose of the tour was to collect fossils and other natural history artefacts. Includes a list of the clothing, equipment and provisions Anderson took on the journey, together with a list of his acquaintances in each place that he was to visit.

Catalogue of fossils

List of Anderson's own collection of fossils, over 800 specimens stored in various locations, including, when known, the localities where the fossils were found. Da Costa, from whom Anderson purchased fossils, presented him with a collection ...

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