Corstorphine / Taylor Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Notes for and manuscripts of Flora of Angus c.1850-1940; correspondence with some related notes and printed material 1910-1957; miscellaneous volumes and papers 1836-1993.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Taylor was born in Edinburgh in 1904. He was educated at Edinburgh University where he gained an excellent degree in Botany. Leaving his post-graduate employment at the Royal Botanical Garden, Taylor moved south to establish the botanical section within the British Museum. In 1956 he was appointed the director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and gained a knighthood in 1962. As well as his official career he travelled widely in China, Asia and Africa on plant collecting expeditions and had a special interest in the Himalayan poppy. He died in 1993.

Robert Henry and Margaret Costorphine were keen amateur botanists from Arbroath who dedicated their talents to studying the flora of the county of Angus. Over a forty year period lasting into the early 1940s they amassed a comprehensive Herbarium and botanical library and were also engaged in the compilation of a manuscript survey of the flora of Angus, which was intended for publication.

Taylor became closely involved with the Flora of Angus after the death of Robert Corstorphine. Margaret Corstorphine welcomed his assistance as her poor health left her unable to continue with the work alone.

Arrangement

Records are arranged within series.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

Note

Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, September 2001.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list. Subject source lists and databases are also available.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.

Custodial History

Unknown.

Accruals

None expected.

Related Material

Papers retained by University of Dundee, Department of Biological Sciences