CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2988
TitleProfessor James William Helenus Trail, Professor of Botany: papers
DateLate 19th century - early 20th century
Extent2 boxes and 6 folders: 0.53 linear metres
Creator NameTrail; James William Helenus (1851-1919); Professor of Botany, Aberdeen
Administrative HistoryJames Trail was born in 1851, son of Reverend Samuel Trail and Helen Scott (daughter of James Scott, minister at Benholme, and sister of Hercules Scott, professor of Moral Philosophy from 1821 - 1859). James Trail was Professor of Botany at the University of Aberdeen from 1877 to 1919 and took an interest in the work of his predecessor, David Skene, studying and indexing his papers. He was also a family historian and worked on the Trail and Scott genealogies. He died in 1919, bequeathing a great number of his papers to the university. The rest were acquired via the Department of Botany in the 1970s. There is a memorial window to him in St. Machar Cathedral, Aberdeen.
DescriptionNotes concerning visit to Amazon, 1873 - 1875; distribution maps of flora in Kincardine and fungi and algae in Scotland; miscellaneous botanical notes, late 19th - early 20th century; copies of professional publications, 1891 - 1907.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
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