John Gilmour: Correspondence and papers

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers relating to philosophy, taxonomy and other subjects; material relating to the Rationalist Press Association Ltd, Cambridge Humanists and Hock Club; typescripts of Gilmour's lectures, including the Sandars Lectures; and a box of correspondence regarding 'Deme terminology etc.'

Administrative / Biographical History

John Scott Lennox Gilmour (1906-1986), botanist, was born in London on 28 September 1906. He was educated at Uppingham School and at Clare College, Cambridge, where he became a Fellow in 1951. He was Assistant Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1931-1946; Director of the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden, Wisley, Surrey, 1946-1951; and Director of the University Botanic Garden, Cambridge, 1951-1973. He died on 3 June 1986.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs J.S.L. Gilmour, 1986.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on J.S.L. Gilmour in Who was who, vol. VIII, 1981-1990 (London, 1991), p. 286.

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