Collection of material relating to Mrs. Maud Grieve, F.R.H.S (fl.1937)

Scope and Content

The material comprises of volumes of work, and pamphlets, relating to the properties, cultivation and folklore of herbs, and accounts of British trees and their by-products. The core of the collection is the four volume typescript of A modern herbal, 1937 (first published 1931), which includes an index of botanical names and an index of English names.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mrs. Maud Grieve was the Principal and Founder of 'The Whins' Medicinal and Commercial Herb School and Farm at Chalfont St. Peter in Buckinghamshire, England. The training school gave tuition and practical courses in all branches of herb growing, collecting, drying and marketing. Grieve had also been President of the British Guild of Herb Growers, and Fellow of the British Science Guild. Her work A Modern Herbal contains medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and economic properties, cultivation and folklore of herbs.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.


The Library (Darwin Library) holds a copy of the 1974 reprint edition of Grieve's A modern herbal: the properties, cultivation and folk-lore of herbs, grasses, fungi, shrubs and trees with all their modern scientific uses, at shelfmark 581.6:633.88 Gri.