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INTRODUCTION

WILLIAM RAMSAY MCNAB’S HERBARIUM IN THE NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS, GLASNEVIN (DBN).

THE CATALOGUE

Part I: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Cultivated plants (1,315) from the Botanic Gardens, Kew, c.1802-1810.
Part II: Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Cultivated plants (1,809) from the Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, c.1810-1818.
Part III: Native plants
A list of 73 plants collected in Scotland and other parts of Britain.
Part IV: Gardeners, nurserymen and collectors
An alphabetical list of the 112 gardeners, nurserymen and collectors named on the herbarium specimens in William McNab’s collection. [K] and [E] indicate that the specimens came from plants cultivated in Kew and Edinburgh respectively, and these specimens are listed separately in Pts. I and II respectively.
Part V: Localities
Specimens inscribed with a locality but without any collector's name. [K] and [E] indicate that the specimens came from plants cultivated in Kew and Edinburgh respectively, and these specimens are listed separately in Pts. I and II respectively.

In Parts I, II and III, each entry is arranged in the following way.

  • In the first column is the specific name, ranged alphabetically under the generic name. No attempt has been made to correct for synonymy or spelling. As a guide, the modern dispositions are listed in the table below. i.e to find Agathis specimens, the Pinus section should be checked.
  • In the second column is the date of collection as given by William McNab. In Parts II and III, the month has been abbreviated to the first three letter (e.g. March = Mar). [HK] indicates the specimen was collected before McNab's departure for Edinburgh in May 1810; this material is undated, but comprises material that originated in Kew and not in Edinburgh (see page 8).

  • In the third column, any annotation made by William McNab is transcribed, and in square brackets [...] any modern determination has been noted.

Table listing the generic names and spellings used by McNab arranged by their modern equivalents.

Agathis as Pinus Kniphofia as Tritoma
Alyssum as Farsetia Lamium as Galeobdolon
Antidesma as Stilago Llagunoa as Amirola
Argusia as Messerschmidia Logania as Euosma
Asclepias as Gomphocarpus Macleaya as Bocconia
Asplenium as Scolopendrium Maianthemum as Smilacina
Athamanta as Bubon Nelumbo spelt as Nelumbium
Bufonia spelt as Buffonia Nigella as Garidella
Calomeria as Humea Nymania as Aitonia
Carthamus as Onobroma Olearia as Haxtonia
Clematis as Atragene Paracalyx as Cylista
Clutia spelt as Cluytia Petrophile spelt as Petrophila
Cobaea spelt as Cobboea Phyllanthus as Xylophylla
Correa spelt as Corraea Phyllitis as Scolopendrium
Crepis as Zacintha Primula as Aretia
Cyminosma as Jambolifera Prunus as Amygdalus
Diospyros as Royena Pultenaea as Puttenia
Eremophila as Stenochilus Rhododendron as Azalea
Erica as Blaeria Selinum as Cnidium
Ginkgo as Salisburia Sophora as Edwardsia
Hedyotis as Houstonia Symphysia as Hornemannia
Helichrysum spelt as Elichrysum Tectaria as Aspidium
Hermannia as Mahernia Tragus as Lappago
Hypocalyptus as Loddigesia Verbascum as Celsia
Ilex as Prinos Vogelia as Volgia