John Hope (1725-1786)
Festival Exhibition 1986
John Hope (1725-1786) was the first person to establish the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on one site, in 1760, from a collection of smaller, physic gardens. He was Regius Keeper of the Garden and in addition to being a medical doctor was a keen lecturer. His lecture notes and teaching diagrams of plant experiments and plant anatomy, prepared in order to teach botany to medical students, are of outstanding contemporary interest. Carried out in 1760-1780, they were executed in red chalk and ink, at the time of the Enlightenment, of which Hope was a member.