Moray Society Lecture Series 2018/19: Matthew Forster Heddle, Mineralist and Mountaineer – a talk by his great-great grandson, Hamish Johnston

October 4, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Elgin Museum
Elgin Museum
1 High St, Elgin IV30 1EQ
Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50
01343 543675

The Moray Society Lecture Series: 2018/19

7.30pm Thursday 4th October, 2018

Elgin Museum Hall: Doors open at 7.15 pm

Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50

Matthew Forster Heddle book cover illustration

Matthew Forster Heddle, Mineralist and Mountaineer:

a talk by his great-great grandson, Hamish Johnston

After retiring as a HR Director, Hamish Johnston researched the life of Heddle, his great-great-grandfather. The result is ‘Matthew Forster Heddle: Mineralogist and Mountaineer’ published in 2015 by National Museums Scotland, which holds Heddle’s great mineral collection.

From 1845 Heddle spent 50 years exploring the entirety of Scotland to research his encyclopaedic The Mineralogy of Scotland (1901), for which he is still renowned in scientific circles.  The mountaineering dimension of this activity has been neglected, but this talk reveals Heddle’s achievements, and why he was revered by Hugh Munro, creator of the Tables of 3000 feet Mountains of Scotland.  In the course of his Scottish stravaiging, Heddle visited Elgin Museum in 1877. Rev Dr George Gordon of Birnie, naturalist and founder member of the Museum, led  Heddle and his colleagues on an excursion to the geological sites of interest along the Moray coast.

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