Category Archives: The Highland Naturalists

Alan Joyce – citizen scientist and inspiration

Citizen Science can appear like an ‘in-phrase’ at the moment, but it isn’t new and Alan Joyce was encouraging it many years ago in the north of Scotland. As a young man in the 1950s Alan read an article in … Continue reading

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William Roy

Following the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, Major General William Roy mapped Scotland in detail. His maps remain valuable in the present day as they form the basis of our Ancient Woodland Inventory of Scotland. Roy was a superb cartographer and his … Continue reading

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Hugh Miller

Hugh Miller is not only Cromarty’s ‘most famous son’, he would be on many a list of ‘Great Scots’. Born in 1804 his name belongs in the ranks of the truly influential geologists and although he died when only 54 … Continue reading

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Seton Gordon

The famous naturalist Seton Gordon was born in Aberdeenshire, and lived much of his life in Scotland — in Aboyne, Aviemore and latterly Duntulm in Skye. He was of private means and moved in aristocratic circles, however, one of his major … Continue reading

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The remarkable Martin Martin

A few years ago Scottish Natural Heritage mounted an exhibition called Highland Naturalists which celebrated the work of people from all walks of life who had contributed much to our understanding of Scotland’s natural world.  Most made their mark in … Continue reading

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Mr. Shetland – Bobby Tulloch

A few years ago SNH mounted an exhibition called The Highland Naturalists  which celebrated the work of people from all walks of life who had contributed much to our understanding of Scotland’s natural world. Most were not full-time scientists, but … Continue reading

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