Thomas and George Falconer of Blairgowrie: gardening notebook, c.1769-c.1840s

Scope and Content

The volume relates to gardening practices and methods, including sowing, propagation, planting and pruning, soil requirements, treatments for garden pests, and includes alphabetical lists of plants with notes of their characteristics and history. It includes a manuscript catalogue of Peter Couson and Son, nurseryman of Edinburgh, with 140 named varieties of hyacinth, and shorter sections on the care of domestic birds.

Administrative / Biographical History

Little is known about Thomas and George Falconer, and we cannot be certain this volume was created by them. Their names are written in the front and back of the volume, along with that of Alexander Lock[?], and the place name Blairgowrie [Perthshire].

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation. Readers are asked to take especial care due to the fragile nature of the volume. It is essential to check opening hours and make an appointment. Please email

Acquisition Information

The volume was purchased from Potterton Books of Thirsk, North Yorkshire, in Oct 2012.

Other Finding Aids

The Lindley Library descriptive catalogue, available on-line via the Archives Hub, and as a paper copy in the Research Room.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Liz Taylor, RHS Lindley Libraries archivist, in May 2014, with research assistance by Ann Thornham, RHS Lindley Libraries volunteer.