James Sutherland: Botanist, Antiquary and Numismatist
As we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the 240th anniversary of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, join us to discover more about James Sutherland (c.1639-1719), the first keeper of the Physic Garden at Holyrood that would develop into today's Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
The Botanist: Following his appointment as “Intendant” (or Regius Keeper) of the Physic Garden by the founders Robert Sibbald and Andrew Balfour, James Sutherland went on to obtain a Regius Professorship of Botany and was appointed to the position of King’s Botanist. In this talk we will learn more about the man behind the Garden and explore his catalogue, the Hortus Medicus Edinburgensis (1683) of the plants growing in that Garden, the first publication of its kind in Scotland. With Lorna Mitchell, Head of the Library, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
The Antiquarian Sutherland was also a keen antiquarian with a library of botanical and numismatic works, the latter subject forming a once unrecognised and considerable part of his collection. The talk will also examine aspects of the collection's acquisition, provenance, use and eventual purchase by the Library of the Faculty of Advocates in 1705 and 1707. With Robert Betteridge, Rare Books Curator, National Library of Scotland.
The Numismatist As part of his antiquarian pursuits, Sutherland was a keen numismatist, or coin collector. He formed a substantial collection of coins, which were sold to the Faculty of Advocates and by them to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Today, some of his original coin collection can still be identified within the collections of the National Museum of Scotland. With Nicholas Holmes, Research Associate, Numismatics, National Museum of Scotland
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Throughout 2020, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the second oldest botanic garden in the UK, is celebrating its 350th anniversary and the talk is a fitting tribute to our first Intendant, James Sutherland. The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland will also celebrate its 240th anniversary in late 2020.
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Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh @Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Dates: Wednesday 30th September 2020
Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 19:00
Wednesday 30th September 2020
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