Papers of Dr. J. M. Caborn (d. 1986)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists of: estate plans, including plan of estate under the Heriot-Watt University development plan for Riccarton; landscape reports; particulars of individual trees; files and notes on forest engineering and forest botany; report on the Forest of Dean and Tintern Wood; and, a working plan for an area of New Forest, 1951-1961.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr. J. Maurice Caborn was a member of staff of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Edinburgh University. During the Second World War he served in India. Caborn began studying forestry at the University in 1948 and graduated with the degree of B.Sc. in 1951. He also carried out research for the degree of Ph.D. He worked for the Forestry Commission, serving in Norfolk, and also as a manager on a private forest in Argyll, Scotland. From 1953 he developed a research programme at Edinburgh University on shelterbelts and their influence on microclimate and farm crops. Caborn then did post-doctoral work in Canada with the Department of Agriculture laboratory in Saskatchewan, and also with the University College of Wales. He returned to Edinburgh in 1959 as a Lecturer. He was a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and his research interest was mainly in wind flow around obstacles and wind effects on trees and crops. Dr. J. M. Caborn died on 4 September 1986.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

The material was acquired from Mrs. Caborn per Dr. W. E. S. Mutch, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, September 1987, Accession no. E87.86.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) University of Edinburgh journal. Vol. 33. No. 1. June 1987. p.60. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Graduates' Association, 1987.

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.

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