RBGE Guild Members

The RBGE Guild could be joined by any member of RBGE staff and allowed them to keep in touch once they’d left.

View our list of Guild members between 1913 and the early 1960s in a Word document.

RBGE Probationer Gardeners and Foresters

Probationers came here to work and study horticulture or forestry for a period of three years.

View the gardeners and foresters listed in our Probationer Registers between 1876 and 1935 in a Word document.

Leith Walk Gardeners

Prior to its move to Inverleith in the 1820s, RBGE was located on Leith Walk.

View the listing of Leith Walk’s men and women, known to have worked there between 1763 and 1810, in a Word document.

McNab Scrapbooks

Between them, William McNab (1780-1848) and his son James (1810-1878) were in charge of the Horticulture Department at RBGE for almost 70 years between 1810 and 1878; James taking over on the death of his father.

View the contents of two volumes of scrapbooks compiled by the family of William and James McNab, in a Word document.

John Hutton Balfour’s ‘Inverleith House’ Notebook

According to RBGE Regius Keeper John Hutton Balfour, Inverleith House was uninhabitable in 1878 when he was required to move him and his family into it. It was damp, unsanitary and had mould growing on the walls – he even invited the Scottish Cryptogamic Society to identify some of the growths!

View Balfour’s Inverleith House notebook transcription pdf.

University of Edinburgh Botany Class Lists

Botany was taught at the Garden to University of Edinburgh medical students; the Archives holds ledgers of students alongside their class roles and registers. Transcriptions of the matriculation books can be searched for students’ names and addresses between 1798 and 1919. They’ve been divided and listed by date.

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists, index and 1798 to 1819

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1820 to 1837

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1840 to 1853

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1854 to 1871

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1872 to 1878

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1879 to 1887

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1888 to 1897

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1898 to 1909

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1908 to 1919

World War Research

We have recently researched the names on the two war memorials situated in the reception of the Science building at RBGE.

Read stories published about the men named on our war memorials.

Botanics Stories

Read stories relating to the Library and Archives on RBGE’s blog page.

RBGE Guild Members

The RBGE Guild could be joined by any member of RBGE staff and allowed them to keep in touch once they’d left.

View our list of Guild members between 1913 and the early 1960s in a Word document.

RBGE Probationer Gardeners and Foresters

Probationers came here to work and study horticulture or forestry for a period of three years.

View the gardeners and foresters listed in our Probationer Registers between 1876 and 1935 in a Word document.

Leith Walk Gardeners

Prior to its move to Inverleith in the 1820s, RBGE was located on Leith Walk.

View the listing of Leith Walk’s men and women, known to have worked there between 1763 and 1810, in a Word document.

McNab Scrapbooks

Between them, William McNab (1780-1848) and his son James (1810-1878) were in charge of the Horticulture Department at RBGE for almost 70 years between 1810 and 1878; James taking over on the death of his father.

View the contents of two volumes of scrapbooks compiled by the family of William and James McNab, in a Word document.

John Hutton Balfour’s ‘Inverleith House’ Notebook

According to RBGE Regius Keeper John Hutton Balfour, Inverleith House was uninhabitable in 1878 when he was required to move him and his family into it. It was damp, unsanitary and had mould growing on the walls – he even invited the Scottish Cryptogamic Society to identify some of the growths!

View Balfour’s Inverleith House notebook transcription pdf.

University of Edinburgh Botany Class Lists

Botany was taught at the Garden to University of Edinburgh medical students; the Archives holds ledgers of students alongside their class roles and registers. Transcriptions of the matriculation books can be searched for students’ names and addresses between 1798 and 1919. They’ve been divided and listed by date.

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists, index and 1798 to 1819

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1820 to 1837

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1840 to 1853

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1854 to 1871

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1872 to 1878

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1879 to 1887

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1888 to 1897

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1898 to 1909

University of Edinburgh Botany Student Lists 1908 to 1919

World War Research

We have recently researched the names on the two war memorials situated in the reception of the Science building at RBGE.

Read stories published about the men named on our war memorials.

Botanics Stories

Read stories relating to the Library and Archives on RBGE’s blog page.