Reviews - Indian Forester, Scottish Laird / Cleghorn Collection

Reviews - Indian Forester, Scottish Laird / Cleghorn Collection

It is always great to get media coverage for our publications and the new books by Henry Noltie on the life and collections of Hugh Cleghorn and the related exhibition at Inverleith House are generating some lovely stories .

In the article "Forgotten art gives a glimpse into life’s work of key botanist" in the Times (30 July) Gabriella Bennett notes that the Cleghorn illustrations "...are colourful but delicate artworks that reveal the beauty of the plant world and have stood the test of time".

An interview with Henry appears in The East Fife Mail (3 August) in the article "On the trail of Fife's founding father of Indian conservation" by Dawn Renton. In it, Henry notes "This [research on Cleghorn] formed part of a series of studies of Scottish Company Surgeons and their botanical researches that arose because at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), ... we have many collections including books, herbarium specimens and botanical drawings made by these surgeons - of which Cleghorn's forms the largest of all."

A review of the books by Leeza Clark appears in the Courier & Advertiser (20 August) in which she notes that "The story of a Fife surgeon who pioneered forest conservation has been brought to life as vividly as the detailed botanic drawings that he collated".

Finally there's a wonderful review of the Inverleith House exhibition, including the items from the Cleghorn collection, by the Janice Forsyth show on Radio Scotland on the 26 July (it starts about 38 minutes into the programme) in which the presenters refer to the Indian drawings as "absolutely exquisite". Catch it now while it's still available online!

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