Records of Thomas Milne, nurseryman, Aberdeen

Scope and Content

Ledger of Thomas Milne, nurseryman, Sunnyside, Aberdeenshire, containing accounts of seeds and seedlings supplied to individuals and estates in Aberdeen and district, 1839 - 1863. The contents of the volume make interesting reading, and provide useful source material on the creation of plantations and landscaping of grounds and gardens, which had become fashionable at this time. Examples of entries include the Trustees of Craigievar estate, Aberdeenshire, who purchased 5500 thorns for hedging, 1250 2-year beech, 1700 Elms, and 1600 Ash, in Mar 1851; and the Trustees of Fintra estate, Aberdeenshire, who purchased more than 70,000 seedlings for Logie plantation during 1849 and 1850.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Milne carried on a business as nurseryman in the Sunnyside district of Aberdeen, between 1839 and 1863. By 1878 the company had moved to the Rubislaw area of the city, and by 1902 it appears to have ceased operating.


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Acquisition Information

Donated to the Forestry Department Library in 1964, by Chris Milne, great grand-daughter of Thomas Milne. Transferred to Special Libraries and Archives in 1992.

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Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Related Material

Also transferred from the Forestry Department Library to Special Libraries and Archives in 1992 was a typed abstract of references to woods, extracted from the Statistical Account of Scotland (1791 - 1799) (GB 231 MS 3395/2)

Records of George Bruce and Co., seed-merchants, Aberdeen, c 1870 - c 1973 (GB 231 MS 2816).


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