Papers of Molly Palmar (nèe Glen), 1917-1970, science graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Botany notes,1938-1939;
  • Botany class handouts, c1937;
  • Gaelic class papers, 1944-1945.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary Glen (known throughout her life as Molly), daughter of Thomas Osborne Glen, Customs & Excise officer, was born on the 7th July 1917  , in Wantage, Berkshire, England. By 1936 the family was at Loanhead Crescent, Newarthill. Molly matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1936  , taking Botany, Chemistry and Natural Philosophy. In 1937-1938 she took Mathematics, Geology (in which she won a second class certificate in 1938) and Higher Ordinary Botany. In 1938-1939 she took Zoology and then honours Botany in 1939-1940. She graduated with a 1st class Honours B.Sc. in Pure Science on 28 June 1940  . She went on to become a Biology teacher at Hutcheson's Grammar School before being married in 1949 to Charles Palmar, who was a Curator of Natural History in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from 1949 to 1984. They had three sons. After bringing them up and helping her husband over many years with his natural history photography and film making she went back to teaching Biology in the late 1960s. She was teaching at Park School in Glasgow when she died suddenly from a stroke in 1970  at the age of 53.


Chronological by subject. Three series, Botany notes, Botany class handouts, and Gaelic class notes.

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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Professor James Dickson : November 2007 : ACCN 3126

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Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

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This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

The collection was in the possession of E.M.P. (Pat) Palmar, second wife of Charles Palmar, who then passed the collection to James Dickson, Professor of Archaeobotany and Plant Systematics, University of Glasgow, to deposit in Glasgow University Archive Services.


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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by John Lehmann, Archives Assistant, 24 April 2008. Lower level description compiled by John Lehmann, Archives Assistant, 24 April 2008.

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