Source List: Records relating to Sir Patrick Geddes at Dundee
Patrick Geddes was born in Ballater in 1854 and later studied under Thomas
Huxley at the Royal College of Mines in London between 1874 and 1878. He
worked as a Biology demonstrator and zoology lecturer at Edinburgh
University between 1880 and 1888. Geddes held the Chair of Botany at
University College Dundee between 1888 and 1919, lecturing in the summer
terms only. During his time as Professor of Botany at University College
Dundee, he travelled extensively in America lecturing at many universities
and published widely on town planning and urban studies. He was appointed
to the Chair of Sociology at University of Bombay in 1919 and continued
until 1924. Geddes was asked to design the new Hebrew University in
Jerusalem in 1919 and travelled to it's opening in 1924. He was knighted
in 1932 and died the same year in Montpellier.
MS 79 Mrs Barbara S. Martin: Patrick Geddes Memorabilia:
MS 79/1 Application (draft), by Thomas Marr, for post of Director
of The Small Holdings colony, near Newport. n.d. [1915 x 1919] Outlines
his career, including the influence of Patrick Geddes. Mentions his work
with University College, Dundee (1894-1896), University Extension Society,
Woolwich (1897-1899), Secretariat of the International Association for the
Advancement of Science (Paris, 1900-1901), Manchester Citizens'
Association (1901-1904), Manchester City Council (1905- ).
Also details his practical and theoretical knowledge of agriculture and
horticulture, together with his business and administrative experience.
MS 79/2 (1) Letter, 21 March 1927, Montpellier, [Patrick
Geddes] to Barbara Marr (as a baby), signed 'Uncle Pat'; welcomes her to
the "big wonderful world of studies"; expresses good wishes for her future
life, hopes that she will visit the Scots College, and suggests that he be
sent a photograph of her. [2pp]
(2) Letter, 22 March 197, Montpellier. P[atrick] G[eddes]
to [Thomas Marr]. Letter of enclosure with MS 79/2(1). [1p]
MS 79/3 Review [draft] by T.R. Marr of Cities in Evolution
by Patrick Geddes, London, Williams & Norgate. . [3pp]
MS 79/4 The Scots College (College des Ecossais), Montpellier.
Prospectus for session 1931-1932.
MS 79/5 Newspaper cutting, unidentified. n.d. [c.1932]:
'Sources of Strength and Faith'; an appreciation of Sir Patrick Geddes, by
Mabel C. Whitson. [1p]
MS 79/6 Catalogue of The British Council: Exposition
Commūmorative Du Centenaire de Sir Patrick Geddes, 1854-1932: Biologue,
Sociologue, Urbaniste, L'Union Internationale Des Architects, Paris
and Montpellier. n.d. . [4pp]
MS 79/7 Newspaper cutting, Midi Libre, 22 June 1955. 'Une
Exposition Au Musee Fabre Rappelle La Vie Et L'Oeuvre De Sir Patrick
Geddes, foundateur du College des Ecossais et createur des cites-jardins'.
MS 79/8 Newspaper cutting, [Petit Meridional]. n.d. 'Le College
des Ecossais centre international des etudiants'. [1p]
MS 79/9 'Recollections of Patrick Geddes': Transcript of notes
by Barbara Martin of her memories of Patrick Geddes, 1982. Mentions her
father's work, Geddes' invitation to him to join the staff of The Scots
College, visits made by Mrs Martin to the College (with her particular
recollections of Patrick Geddes), and her memories of Geddes' funeral.
(1) [Typescript] (2) [Original.] [2pp]
MS 79/10 Photocopies of photographs of groups of students, staff
(including Geddes and Marr) of The Scots College and friends, c.1926-1931.
MS 197 Correspondence of John T. Ewen , 1888-1939. J.T. Ewen,
a student at University College, Dundee 1883-1884, was a teacher at
Brechin High School and subsequently became a school inspector. Includes:
(2) Letter, 26 May, 1907, Dundee, Patrick Geddes to [J.T.] Ewen.
Asks him to get in touch.
(3) Printed circular, letter, 1 December 1909 signed by J. Arthur
Thomson. Asks for support for a memorial to Lord Pentland, secretary for
Scotland recommending Patrick Geddes for the Directorship of the Royal
Scottish Museum; with copy of the memorial and note by Thomson asking
recipient [? J.T. Ewen] to send one of the letters to Mr Young.
(4) Letter, 9 December 1909, Aberdeen. J. Arthur Thomson to
[J.T.] Ewen. Returns Mr Young's "magnanimous letter"; regrets that Geddes
has had so little recognition; hopes that, if Geddes cannot get the
Directorship, Young will.
(5) Letter, 20 March 1911, Edinburgh. [Professor] Patrick Geddes
to [J.T.] Ewen. Expects to be in Aberdeen with J.A. Thomson and is
writing to Mr Clyne, an architect and to Mr Longden, Curator of the Art
Galleries about the Cities and Town Planning Exhibition (1911). Asks if
setting up a guarantee fund would be practicable and who are "the active
people" in Dundee. [Typescript on "Cities and Town Planning Exhibition
1911" headed notepaper with signature and some additions by hand].
(6) Postcard, 23 September 12, Edinburgh. P[atrick] Geddes to
[J.T.] Ewen. Enquires about the name and address of a mathematics teacher
he came across through Ewen to tutor his son.
(7) Postcard [date stamp illegible], Hammersmith. P[atrick]
Geddes to [J.T.] Ewen. Printed syllabus of a six lecture course on
"Bonnie Dundee a study of possible improvements" to be given by Professor
Geddes at University College, Dundee. Contains a handwritten note about a
letter from F.W. Young telling him that "school gardens are catching on"
and asks for advice on his acting as a professional consultant in this
(8) Letter, 9 June 1919, Dundee. P[atrick] Geddes to [J.T.] Ewen
sic. Invites him to visit the "Mars" training ship before Captain Scott,
who is "very anxious about his life work", leaves it. There is hope that
the Scottish Education Department may take it over from the admiralty.
Refers to an enclosure-MS 15/149(9)? Postscript inviting him to attend at
lecture in Dundee. [Handwritten in one hand; postscript and signature in
(9) Small diagram signed "Patrick" [Patrick Geddes] showing an
elevation of hills, trees, a loch etc. At ground level are the words:
"Miner"; "Woodsman"; "Hunter"; "Shepherd"; "Peasant"; and "Fisher"
[capitals in ink, rest pencilled in]. Written below diagram, in
descending order: (i) Microcosmos Natural; (ii) Seres Hominum [the races
of men]; (iii) Theatrum Historiae [theatre of history]; (iv)
Eutopia/Kakotopia Futuris! [Paradise/Bell of the future!].
Recs A/225/5/1(14) Letter, 7 March 1914. Patrick Geddes to J.E.A.
Steggall. Concerns invitation to stay overnight with Steggall. Disapproves
of Steggall's opposition to Sociology.
Recs A/225/7(37) Letter, 16 November 1884, A. Milne Marshall,
Owen's College, Manchester to J.E.A. Steggall. Comments on Patrick Geddes,
William E. Hoyle and D'Arcy W. Thompson, candidates for the chair of
Biology at University College, Dundee.
Recs A/225/7(38) Letter, 20 November 1884, A. Milne Marshall to
J.E.A. Steggall. Comments on Patrick Geddes, William Hoyle and D'Arcy
Thompson, candidates for the chair of Biology at University College.
Recs A/225/7(39) Letter, 19 November 1884, W.M. Clelland,
University of Glasgow, to J.E.A. Steggall. Comments on Patrick Geddes and
briefly on D'Arcy Thompson, candidates for the Chair of Biology at
Recs A/225/7(40) Letter, 21 November 1884, M. Watson, Manchester
to J.E.A. Steggall. Comments on Patrick Geddes, William Hoyle, D'Acry
Thompson, candidates for the Chair of Biology at University College.
Considers Hoyle the best, and that D'Arcy Thompson cannot compete with
either of the two.
Recs A/225/7(86) Notice, advertising a class in Design by John
Duncan. First meeting to be chaired by Patrick Geddes. (Printed). Note in
Steggall's hand. "Issued without any consultation with Professors. Jan.
Recs A/289/38 Sir Patrick Geddes, F.R.S.E., Professor of
University College, Dundee.
1. Article taken from The College, Vol. 1, No. 1,
2. Entry taken from the Dictionary of National
3. Article taken from The College, Vol. XXIX, June 1932.
4. Obituary taken from Nature, 14 May 1932.
5. Obituary taken from The Proceedings of the Royal
Society of Edinburgh, Vol. LII, 1931-1932.
Recs A/294 University College, Dundee. Secretary.
Secretarial files corresponding to files Index No. 1.
Includes O4 Outlook Tower - Sir Patrick Geddes Manuscripts.
Recs A/301 Queen's College, Dundee. Secretary. Secretarial
files corresponding to files Index No. 1. 1954-1955.
Includes G/1 (Q) Sir Patrick Geddes - Centenary.
Recs A/326/2 Miscellaneous papers mainly relating to College
Council business. 1903-1915. Include:
(1)-(11) Correspondence and papers relating to College
buildings, dry rot in the Small's Wynd Warehouse, Parliamentary grant and
Margaret Harris Trust. 1904-1910. Correspondents include: G.W. Baxter;
Professor P. Geddes; John B. Hay; Johnstone, Simpson and Thomson; P.G.
Rose, John Sinclair, Thomas Thornton and Sons, William Watson.
(21) Postcard, 25 February 1903, William Wesley & Son,
London to Professor Geddes, University College. Concerns the cancellation
of the subscription for the Botanical Gazette.
Recs A/326/11 Miscellaneous papers and correspondence concerning
Ellenbank, Union Mount, Warehouses in Small's Wynd, Fleming Gymnasium and
equipment for the departments of Chemistry, Natural History, Physics and
Physiology. 1903-1909. Many relate to College Council business.
(3) Letter, 8 June 1904, Professor Geddes to Principal Mackay.
Concerns the greenhouse, Union Mount.
(4) Memorandum on garden improvements, Ellenbank and Union
Mount by Professor Geddes. c.1904. 5pp.
(94) Letter, n.d., Professor Geddes to Principal Mackay. Makes a
case for the retention of the greenhouses.
Recs A/328/2 Correspondence and papers relating to the Chair
of Biology, and D'Arcy W. Thompson's work for the Government and the
Scottish Fishery Board. 1884-1917. Include:
(1) List of referees given by W. D'Arcy Thompson, Patrick
Geddes and John Fullarton, candidates for the Chair of Biology. N.d.
(4) Draft letter 1 December 1884, [Shiell & Small] to Dr
[Henry] Roscoe and Professor [James] Donaldson. Requests an opinion on
D'Arcy W. Thompson, Patrick Geddes, William Hoyle and John Fullarton
likely candidates for the short leet for the Chair of Biology. Mentions
"materialistic views or scepticism in religion".
Recs A/329 University College, Dundee. Secretary. Miscellaneous
correspondence and papers relating to Patrick Geddes and the Department of
Botany, University College, Dundee. 1888-1920.
/1 Correspondence of, or relating to Patrick Geddes. 1892-1920.
(1) 30 June 1892, Patrick Geddes to Principal William Peterson.
Concerns replacement for Andrew Herbertson as demonstrator in Botany.
Requests a special grant for equipping the department, and temporary
secretarial assistance. Also requests a grant for preparation of museum.
Gives total request and explains the needs. 12pp.
(2) 30 September 1892, Patrick Geddes to [R.N. Kerr, Secretary,
University College]. Concerns account of petty cash outlays queried by
Messrs Shiell & Small, Treasurers for the College.
(3) 9 November 1893, Principal William Peterson to Patrick Geddes.
Concerns meetings held to discuss methods of reducing expenditure. States
that all grants for the winter session are suspended, along with any
balance over from previous grants. No further expenditure to be incurred
(4) 10 April 1894, Patrick Geddes to J. Martin White. Concerns
money required for the Department of Botany to equip; Botany Laboratory,
Physiological Laboratory, Museum, Herbarium and Library. Also concerns
expense of upkeep.
(5) 23 October 1895, Patrick Geddes to interim Principal John Yule
Mackay. Concerns use of Department of Botany Library.
(6) 13 October 1896, J. Martin White to R.N. Kerr, Secretary of
the College. Encloses 325 to cover the over expenditure of Department of
Botany. Intimates he no longer holds himself responsible for such over
expenditure in the future.
(7) 19 October 1897, R.N. Kerr to Patrick Geddes. Intimates
amount of class grant for the session.
(8) (a) 8 July 1902, Patrick Geddes to Principal John Yule
Mackay. Concerns receipt of testimonial for Marcel Hardy, which is
(b) 1 July 1902, Professor Charles Flahault to Patrick Geddes.
Testimonial for Marcel Hardy.
(9) 10 January 1903, Patrick Geddes to R.N. Kerr. Concerns
Department of Botany's accounts and the [?] Commissioners' last advance.
(10) 1 May 1903, Patrick Geddes to the Finance Committee of
University College. Concerns expenditure and his aims for the Department
of Botany in Dundee.
(11)(a) 23 May 1903, Patrick Geddes to George W. Baxter, Chairman
of College Council. Concerns quotation for furniture for the Department
of Botany. Requests approval to proceed with purchase.
(b) 22 May 1903, Messrs W. & R. Brownlee to Patrick Geddes.
Quotes prices for furniture.
(12) 3 June 1903, Patrick to the College Council. Concerns
apparatus for the Department of Botany.
(13) 10 June 1903, Patrick Geddes to the College Council.
Concerns building projects: widening of Nethergate and Small's Wynd and
wall in Park Place. Gives his alternative ideas.
(14) 29 July 1903, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston,
Secretary and Treasurer of University College. Concerns, receipt
for salary, an advertisement in the Scotsman, the Botany practical
accounts, Microscopes and his intended claim for a return of income tax.
(15) 11 October 1903, Marcel Hardy to the Finance Committee of the
College. Concerns his first session's work in the Department of Botany
and requests an increase in salary.
(16) 1 February 1904, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Concerns his missing of a meeting with the College Council and the
expenditure of the Department of Botany.
(17) 11 February 1904, W. Arnot Watterston to Patrick Geddes.
Concerns the need for a meeting with the College Council to discuss
reorganisation. Also concerns; teaching of Arts students, his absence
during examinations and proposed absence from them again. (Drafts ).
(18) 15 February 1904, Patrick Geddes to George W. Baxter.
Replies to (17). Regrets it is not possible for a meeting before summer
session. He is committed to teaching in London. Was absent from the
practical examination due to alteration of dates without notifying him.
Was invigilating at theory examination. Proposes arrangement for next
practical examination and a meeting with the College Council.
(19) 10 September 1904, Patrick Geddes to the Duke of Westminster.
Has been asked to undertake a general botanical survey of Scotland.
Requests permission to survey the Duke's deer forest. (Draft). Includes
names and addresses of other landowners and notes on how to address
(20) 27 June 1905, Patrick Geddes to Principal John Yule Mackay.
Concerns valuation of equipment in the Department of Botany.
(21) 13 November 1906, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Concerns laboratory boy in Department of Botany. Thanks for receipt for
his contribution to the boys wages, but regrets he is not keen to continue
this outlay. Indicates the boy is prepared to accept half wages for fewer
hours as he is returning to studying. Expresses opinion that future boys
should be of higher education and studious intention and thus he could
prepare "an other good student for the College". Requests that the
difference in wages be considered a small scholarship for his department.
Mentions past examples and states, "I'll either prove it a success or
again render my own outlays".
(22) 13 November 1906, Patrick Geddes to Principal John Yule
Mackay. Concerns Histology apparatus and George West's estimates.
(23) 8 December 1906, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Concerns George West's request for books to be sent for binding.
(24) 2 November 1907, Patrick Geddes to Andrew Bennett, Secretary
of University of St. Andrews. Concerns his claim for travelling expenses
for the practical examination in Botany. Also refers to the double
journey of Dr Darbishire [sic] due to a confusion over dates. Denies any
fault on his part.
(25) 19 November 1907, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Does not shirk his responsibility for his assistant's
disbursements. Mentions the very small class grant and compares it
with 314,000 outlay of Edinburgh Department the previous
year. Considers it natural that a new assistant will
wish to purchase equipment relevant to his special field. Argues
for increased grant, as exceeding the limit of 330 does not
indicate extravagance, but that 350 should be minimum.
(26) 11 February 1909, Andrew Bennett to Patrick Geddes. Concerns
the University's inquiry into circumstances of the Joint Medical School
and ways of increasing the number of students attending. Invites
(27) 17 February 1909, Patrick Geddes to Andrew Bennett.
Suggestions on how to attract more students to the Medical School.
Mentions his acquaintance with other Universities in most of the leading
countries. Considers teaching quality in St. Andrews University decidedly
above the average. However, the Medical School lacks "famous and historic
names" to attract students. Considers best advertisement is through
graduates and suggests an annual publication for alumni. Suggests at
length, a University Hall in Dundee. Comments on other larger problems of
education needing to be discussed before the Scottish Universities in
General and their Colleges and Schools in particular. Suggests an Annual
Conference on Higher Education, with representatives from the Universities
Courts, Senates, Junior Staff, S.R.C. and friends of the Universities.
(28) 24 February 1909, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Encloses letter from Andrew Bennett (26) and a copy of his reply (27).
Comments on the increasing success of his University Hall in Chelsea and
the desirability of having one in Dundee.
(29) 12 May 1909, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston. Concerns
his ideas for a Winter Garden and Botanic Garden at Clarendon Park Nursery
and Seabraes ground, continuous with Magdalen Green. Mentions favourable
response from Town Council Parks Convenor. Requests conference with
College Council and suggests a relevant postscript be added to the Appeal
to the Treasury Committee.
(30) 15 May 1909, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston. Concerns
a negative decision by College Council to his request for a conference as
per (29). Relates an interview with Mr Cornish, Secretary to the Treasury
Committee and his assurance that a postscript can still be added to the
(31) 2 June 1909, Patrick Geddes to the Library Committee
of the College. Concerns George West's request for funds to buy
reference books for the students in the Department of Botany. Argues
for a grant. Includes extract from the prospectus for
The Book of Nature Study.
(32) 2 November 1909, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Requests that Miss Ogilvie be allowed to attend the Botanical Laboratory
without payment of fees. Wishes to keep her as long as possible as she
assists George West and is a good influence on the junior students.
(33) 2 February 1910, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Concerns books he bought for which the College received an account.
Explained they are for the Department of Botany and it is as well for him
to pick up such books when possible, though it is difficult to keep
Included, on reverse: 25 January 1910, William Dunlop,
Bookseller, Edinburgh to W. Arnot Watterston. Regrets he cannot now give
a detailed invoice for the ten books bought by Professor Geddes.
(34) 1 March 1912, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Concerns the repair of the Fernery at Union Mount. Comments on need for
flowers for teaching.
(35) 20 March 1915, Patrick Geddes to Principal John Yule Mackay.
Acknowledges refusal of leave of absence for summer session. Indicates he
will be some ten days late in arriving in Dundee. Explains his
exhibitions in Bombay and Calcutta and planned ones in London and
Edinburgh. Comments on his part in arranging the meetings, in London, of
Belgian and British Architects and Town Planners.
(36) 30 May 1915, Colonel B.J. Simpson to [Principal John Yule
Mackay or Patrick Geddes?]. Concerns a collection of plants
(herbarium) in his possession made by William Gardiner to accompany his
book The Flora of Forfarshire, and his willingness to donate it,
either to the College or Dundee Museum, whichever seems more appropriate.
(37) 8 June 1915, Patrick Geddes to Principal John Yule Mackay.
Concerns the best disposition of Colonel Simpsons proposed gift of the
Gardiner herbarium. Considers it best that it go to Dundee Museum where
the Dundee Naturalists Society will have the use of it rather than being
confined to the pure scientists of the College.
(38) 8 June 1915, Alex P. Stevenson to Patrick Geddes. Concerns
his opinion on the Gardiner portfolio of Forfarshire plants.
(39) 9 May 1916, Patrick Geddes to Sir George Baxter. Regrets the
refusal of leave for the second consecutive summer. States he is a
practitioner of "Urban Surgery" and feels the call of the war for town
reconstruction. Explains his experience as a town planner and the need of
the war devastated countries for his skill. Regrets that if future leave
will not be granted he will have to consider retiring. Requests
information on his right, if any, to a pension which of necessity would be
a condition of retirement.
(40) 8 February 1918, Patrick Geddes to Andrew Bennett. Concerns
his return from India for summer session. Regrets he will be at least a
fortnight late due to a change in the time of sailing and route of his
ship. Requests leave of absence, without salary. Indicates if the
University and College prefer it, he will resign in the interests of the
College. Assumes a pension will be payable. Expresses his good will.
(41) 18 February 1918, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Concerns his receipt of a salary cheque in error. He had refused it if
leave of absence was granted. Refers to letters to Principal Mackay.
(42) 2 January 1919, Norah Geddes Mears to W. Arnot Watterston.
Concerns payment due to her father Patrick Geddes. Makes arrangements for
this and future transactions.
(43) 19 June 1919, Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh, to W. Arnot
Watterston. Concerns a request by Patrick Geddes to be notified of the
amount received on his account from University College. Also includes, on
reverse, draft of Watterston's reply.
(44) 22 October 1919, Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh, to W. Arnot
Watterston. Concerns overpayment of money to Patrick Geddes. Apologies
for confusion caused by their mistaken entry in the ledger. Notes
arrangement for rectifying the situation.
(45) 30 March , Norah Geddes Mears to W. Arnot Watterston.
Indicates that her father is in Ceylon and she has "no prospect of seeing
him in this country during 1920". Gives addresses in Ceylon and India.
(46) 21 July 1920, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Acknowledges receipt of allowance and makes arrangements for any future
payments. Names his daughter, Norah Geddes Mears, as his agent in his
(47) 14 May [?], Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston. Requests
that Watterston, as Secretary of the College, write a testimonial for
William Brown who has completed his apprenticeship as a gardener and is
leaving. Includes on reverse, Watterston's draft of a testimonial.
Recs A/329/2 Correspondence and miscellaneous papers relating to
the Department of Botany, 1885-1920. Includes:
(5) Letter, 19 May 1905, James Bonnar & Sons, ironmongers,
Dunfermline, to Professor Geddes. Can supply "Please keep off the grass"
signs at cost of 4/6 each.
(9) Letter, 16 April 1907, Andrew Bennett, Secretary, University
of St. Andrews to W. Arnot Watterston, Secretary, University College.
Thanks for copy of Deed of Endowment with regard to enquiry into
conditions of employment of Patrick Geddes. University consider him under
their jurisdiction and his classes under that of Senate.
(12) Letter, 12 December 1910, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot
Watterston. Requests increased departmental grant, as for some years he
has stopped claiming his out of pocket expenses.
(20) Note of apportionment of Botany Class Fees. Session
1917-1918. Professor Geddes' share.
(21) Draft letter, n.d., , Principal John Yule Mackay to
Patrick Geddes. Concerns arranging a meeting with Council to discuss the
teaching in the Department of Botany. Also concerns Geddes' absence
(22) Note of salary paid to Professor Geddes for six years. 1
October 1913 to 31 March 1920.
(24) Bonnie Dundee; A Study of Possible Improvement. An outline
syllabus of evening course by Patrick Geddes. N.d. [Postcard].
Recs A/329/3 Correspondence and papers mainly relating to the
College garden, gardener and apprentices. Also includes correspondence
relating to need for laboratory boy. 1889-1912. Includes:
(2) Letter, 9 November 1904, Marcel Hardy to Patrick Geddes.
Concerns his proposals for a full-time laboratory boy rather than one just
for the summer session.
(3) Letter, 10 November 1904, Patrick Geddes to Principal John
Yule Mackay. Recommends laboratory boy for Marcel Hardy.
(4) Letter, 10 December 1904, Patrick Geddes to Principal John
Yule Mackay. Relates to his plans for the College garden.
Describes in detail what he intends and requests a total of 3200. Also
mentions the laboratory boy. He intends, if the College provide 5/- per
week, to provide another 5/- himself in order to gain a better educated
boy to train as a curator.
(5) Letter, 2 February 1905, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot
Watterston. Thanks him for notice of a grant of 360 for the garden. He
is corresponding regularly with William Watson and Marcel Hardy. Plans to
visit as often as possible.
(6) Letter, 8 May 1906, Patrick Geddes to Principal John Yule
Mackay. Concerns the need for an apprentice gardener.
(7) Letter, 10 May 1906, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Relates to advertising for an apprentice gardener.
(9) Letter, 13 June 1906, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Concerns Marcel Hardy's 'Botanical Survey of Scotland' thesis and the
publishing of one of his maps by Bartholomews. Also concerns garden which
is now at the stage where the "Botanic Garden comes in". Argues for
(10) Letter, 6 May 1909, Patrick Geddes to Principal John Yule
Mackay. Concerns resignation of gardening apprentice and appointment of
new boy. Also raises question of College Botanic Garden again.
(11) Letter, 11 January 1910, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot
Watterston. Concerns tragic death of George Ramsay's [garden apprentice]
father. Comments on his ability, ambition and character. Recommends
increase in wages.
(12) Letter, 8 June 1910, Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Supports William Watson's "demand" for a new mowing machine. Also
requires a new hose. Indicates the cost should not come from the Botany
Grant, but is a Council expense as with upkeep of buildings.
Recs A329/4 Correspondence and related paper concerning proposed
Botanic Garden. 1906-1909. Includes:
(1) Printed letter, 6 October 1906, William Blyth Martin, Town
Clerk, to Patrick Geddes. Concerns meeting of Parks and Cemeteries
Committee of Town Council. Includes excerpt minute of meeting stating
that the Committee could not at present undertake Professor Geddes' plan
for a Botanic Garden and pleasure park.
(3) Letter, n.d. , Patrick Geddes to W. Arnot Watterston.
Concerns his invitation to a meeting of the Town Council's Botanic Garden
Committee. Indicates that the Committee wish to know what prospect there
may be of support from the College Council or Government Grant.
Recs A/649 Miscellaneous pamphlets, leaflets, photocopies of
articles relating to University and Queen's College, Dundee and University
of St. Andrews. Includes:
/12 "Scottish University Needs and Aims", University College,
Dundee. Closing Address for 1889-1890 by Professor Patrick Geddes.
from the Dundee Advertiser, by John Leng & Co., 1890. [Also
photocopy of same address printed in the Scots Magazine, August
/49 "Patrick Geddes - the "Green" Pioneer": Miscellaneous material
concerning an exhibition promoted by the Patrick Geddes Centre for
Planning Studies, University of Edinburgh, 1990.
/71 Pages from The Wizard of the North, July 1908.
"The Pageant at University", featuring informal portraits of Sir Patrick
Geddes and others.
Recs A/656 Queen's College, Dundee. 'Master', Files, 1954-1958.
/1 Professor D.R. Dow's files, 1954-1958. Include:
G.7/3 Geddes, Sir Patrick - Centenary, Part I. (1954-1956).
Recs A/753/2 University College, Dundee: First Class Certificate
of Merit, confirming that George N.S. Milln "Acquitted himself with
distinction as a member of the class of Botany (Practical) during the
summer session 1899 and obtained the First place in the First Rank of
Honours". Signed by Professor Patrick Geddes.
Recs C 2/13 Patrick Geddes memorabilia 1878 - 1956. Part of
Professor A.D.Peacock's papers.
Correspondence, publications and miscellaneous papers by or
relating to [Sir] Patrick Geddes, (1854 - 1932), professor of Botany at
University College, Dundee, 1888 - 1920. 1878 - 1956.
/1 Articles and other publications by Patrick Geddes. 1878 -
(1) Sur La Fonction de la Chlorophylle avec les Planaires,
Vertes, Par M.P. Geddes [Pamphlet] 1878.
(2) 'A Re-statement of the Cell Theory', Patrick Geddes;
reprinted from the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh,
Vol. XII, 1883 - 1884. [Pamphlet - incomplete].
(3) The Rise and Aims of Modern Botany, Patrick Geddes.
Introductory lecture, University College, Dundee. 1888. [Pamphlet].
(4) 'Report of a Discussion on the Ascent of Water in Trees',
held in Section K at a meeting of the British Association, Liverpool,
18 September 1896; reprinted from the Annals of Botany, Vol. XL,
1896. [Included photograph of members of the Dundee Working Mens Field
Club, n.d. (?1890), transferred to Recs C 2/21.
(5) 'A Naturalists' Society and its Work',
Patrick Geddes; an address to the introductory meeting of the
Dunfermline Naturalists' Society, 17 December 1902; reprinted from
The Scottish Geographical Magazine, February and March, 1903.
(6) The World Without and the World Within, Sunday Talks with
my Children, Patrick Geddes [Pamphlet], 1905.
(7) 'The Civic Survey of Edinburgh', Patrick Geddes and F.C.
Mearns, October 1910; reprinted from The Transactions of the Town
Planning Conference for the Civics Department, Outlook Tower Edinburgh
and Crosby Hall, Chelsea. 1911.
(8) The Masque of Medieval and Modern Learning devised by
Patrick Geddes and colleagues, Outlook Tower, Edinburgh. 1911.
(9) Extract from The Life: Outlines of General Biology, Sir
Arthur Thompson and Patrick Geddes, Vol. II, London, 1931: 'The Cell
Cycle'. [Typescript] n.d.
/2 Correspondence, publications and miscellaneous papers relating
to Sir Patrick Geddes. 1891 - 1956.
(1) - (3) 'The Pipers Portrait Gallery, No. 207, Professor Patrick
Geddes'; portrait and appreciation; cutting from the Piper [Dundee]
July 1891. Also includes 'A Dream of Bonnier Dundee (By an occasional
correspondent)' [Patrick Geddes]: suggestions which would "further
beautify the city"; cutting [? from Dundee Advertiser], 27 June
1891; and portrait of David Cunningham, M. Inst. C.E. [presumably from the
Piper], 24 June 1891.
(4) Letter, 9 September 1901, to Patrick Geddes from G.L. Scott
Elliot. Concerns experiments, (particularly the effect of electrical
currents), determining the ascent of sap in plants. Includes diagram
of "the regular school explanation". Also note by Geddes [?concerns
the effect of electrical current on the movement of sap], n.d.
(5) 'Geddes - An Appreciation, (from a letter by J. Arthur
Thomson, Professor of Natural History in the University of Aberdeen)';
extract from The Interpreter Geddes, Amelia Defries, London, 1927.
(6) 'Patrick Geddes; His Montpellier Setting', A.D. Peacock;
reprinted from the Scots Magazine, August 1932, with note "A
somewhat light-hearted account of my meeting with P.G.". Includes
photographs of the Scots College, the Arms of the College and
Patrick Geddes, [2 copies].
(7) Letter, 27 June 1932, Montpellier, T.R. Marr to Professor
Peacock. Concerns photographs and information on Geddes and relates to
the above article.
(8) Chanteclair No. 227. Medical journal of Montpellier
University; [illustrated pamphlet] 1926.
(9) College des Ecossais, Montpellier. (France).
Prospectus [illustrated pamphlet] 1927.
(10) The Scots College at the University of Montpellier.
Prospectus [2pp leaflet, 1928].
(11) College des Ecossais, Montpellier. (France).
Prospectus [illustrated pamphlet] 1930 - 1931.
(12) Note describing the shield of the Scots College carved by Dr.
Arthur Geddes. N.d. [Quoted in 'Patrick Geddes: Biologist', A.D.
Peacock, (Recs C 2/13/2(18)].
(13) 'Seeing Life Whole'; a review by R.M. Neill of Life:
Outlines of General Biology, Sir Arthur Thompson and Patrick
Geddes; [Typescript]. Contemporary Review, Vol. CXLI, 1932.
(14) 'Maharajah for a Day'; extract from Patrick Geddes in
edited by Jacqueline Tyrwhitt in co-operation with H.V. Lanchester and
Arthur Geddes [pp.96 - 101, typescript]. 1947.
(15) Transcript from the Dictionary of National Biography,
1940, entry for Sir Patrick Geddes with typescript draft from Arthur
(16) Copy of letter, 25 October 1954, [Peacock] to E. Hutton
Crosbie thanking him for his illustrations of the Outlook Tower,
Edinburgh. Also includes photocopy of drawing by "E. Hutton Crosbie" of
suggested new entrance to the Outlook Tower, Edinburgh.
(17) Note by A.H. Richmond, Department of Social Study in
Edinburgh, sent [to Peacock] by Dr. Arthur Geddes, 2 December 1954: "A
possible explanation of the declining influence of P.G. ...".
(18) 'Patrick Geddes: Biologist', A.D. Peacock; reprinted from the
Alumnus Chronicle, June 1955; with note by Peacock "... the only
presenting an appraisal of Geddes as a biologist ..." and draft
(19) Letter, 25 June 1955, Arthur Geddes to Professor Peacock.
Comments on Peacock's article 'Patrick Geddes: Biologist'; suggests that
the Forbes Trust "may care to order 100 or 200 copies"; refers to his
forthcoming trip to India.
(20) - (23) Correspondence between David M. Devine, Secretary of the
Alumnus Association of the University of St. Andrews and A.D. Peacock
concerning the publication of reprints of the above article; also includes
estimate from W.C. Henderson & Son Ltd., University Press, St. Andrews, 22
June 1955. 21 - 28 May 1956.
(24) 23 June 1956, from Arthur Geddes to Professor Peacock,
thanking him for giving a talk on Patrick Geddes and asking for his
comment on his attempt, [not included], suggested by Professor Peacock to
sum up the theories of Patrick Geddes and Arthur Thompson on evolution and
sex in terms of metabolism and environment which he has "carried on to an
exposition of P.G.'s 'thinking loom' of Place Work and Folk", the second
part may be used as a foreword to Mairet's book [Pioneer of Sociology the
life and letters of Patrick Geddes, Philip A. Mairet].
/3 Folder containing correspondence, addresses, newspaper
cuttings, invitations relating to the celebrations held at Queen College,
Dundee and Edinburgh College of Art to mark the centenary of the birth of
Sir Patrick Geddes. Includes:
(1) Invitation card from The Lord Provost, Magistrates and Council
of the City of Edinburgh to Professor Peacock and wife requesting their
presence at a reception in the College of Art. 1954.
(2) Invitation leaflet to attend a symposium in the Andrew Grant
Gallery during the Sir Patrick Geddes Centenary Celebrations. Includes
programme of events during the day 1st October 1954.
(3) "Sir Patrick Geddes Centenary Celebrations". Address by
Professor H.J. Fleure [typescript].
(4) Sir Patrick Geddes Centenary Celebrations, report on a
symposium held at Edinburgh College of Art [pamphlet].
(5) - (9) Correspondence between the Secretary to the Council of
Queen's College and A.D. Peacock concerning arrangements for centenary
celebrations. April - June 1954.
(10) Invitation card to attend a tree-planting ceremony in the
grounds of Queen's College, Dundee, 22 October 1954, to mark 100th
anniversary of birth of Sir Patrick Geddes.
(11) Address by W.J. Tulloch, Professor of Bacteriology, marking
Patrick Geddes Centenary, 22 October 1954.
(12) - (13) "Surprise gift for Dr Geddes" - cutting from Courier
and Advertiser, 23 October 1954, showing photograph of Patrick Geddes
in the role of a mediaeval scholar (1912) which had been sent to Dr.
Arthur Geddes by Joseph Richards, at one time apprentice gardener at
University College. Transcript of covering letter mentions Richards'
action in Gallipoli campaign.
(14) "Dundee Remembers Sir Patrick Geddes" - cutting from
Courier and Advertiser, 23 October 1954.
(15) "Town Planning Centenary: Geddes Lectures": extract from the
Glasgow Herald, 19 August 1954, describing series of lectures held
RU 571 "Patrick Geddes Outlook Tower." Project presented by
Elaine Longden-Chapman for the Bsc Honours degree in Physics and
Philosophy, University of Dundee, 1997. [Photocopy].
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town planner, re-educator, peace
warrior||1978||KLoc||925 G 295
|Boardman, Philip||Patrick Geddes, maker of the
future||1944||KLoc||925 G 295
|Buist, R.C. ||The newest Scots College: some account of the
work of Patrick Geddes||1928||KLoc||378.448 4 B
|Defries, Amelia Dorothy||The interpreter Geddes the man and
his gospel||1927||KLoc||925 G 295
|Geddes, Patrick||A sheaf of tributes to the late Sir
Patrick Geddes||1932?||KLoc||925 G 295
|Geddes, Patrick||A Study in City
Development||1904||Kloc||F 711.4 G 295
|Geddes, Sir Patrick||Patrick Geddes in
India||1947||KLoc||711.095 4 G 295
|Geddes, Sir Patrick||Viri
illustres||1884||KLoc||378.414 45 G 295
|Geddes, Sir Patrick||The rise and aims of modern
botany||1888||KLoc||580.4 G 295
|Geddes, Sir Patrick||Scottish university needs and
aims||1890||KLoc||378.41 G 295
|Geddes, Sir Patrick||Co-operation versus
Socialism||1888||KLoc||334 G 295
|Geddes, Sir Patrick||The masque of medieval and modern
learning and its many meanings: a pageant of education from medieval to
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|Geddes, Sir Patrick||The Evegreen: a northern seasonal, 4
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|Geddes, Sir Patrick||Patrick Geddes: spokesman for man and
the environment. A selection||c.1972||KLoc||301.36 G
|Geddes, Sir Patrick||The civic survey of
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|Kitchen, Padd||A most unsettling person an introduction to
the ideas and life of Patrick Geddes||1975||KLoc||925
|Mairet, Philip||Pioneer of sociology the life and letters
of Patrick Geddes||1957||KLoc||925 G 295
|Peacock, Alexander David||Patrick Geddes his Montpellier
setting||1932?||KLoc||378.448 4 P 356
|Peacock, Alexander David||Patrick Geddes:
biologist||1954?||KLoc||925 G 295
|Southgate, Donald||Patrick Geddes, A
Symposium||1982||Kloc||F 925 G 295
|Stevenson, W.I.||Occasional Papers no. 27 Patrick Geddes
and Geography: Biological Study||1975||Kloc||F 925 G
|Tabrizi, J.G.||Patrick Geddes Museum: Castlehill Site,
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