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PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

BERWICKSHIRE NATURALISTS CLUB.

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pected by me—and to which, as und v.. of the Club, which I only joined in 1862, I should have tent au presumptuous to aspire. In accordance, however, with the standing rule, which allows no option in the matter, it only remains for me to return my grateful acknowledgment for this mark of your favour.

For an account of the proceedings of that day I am indebted to the copious notes of our Secretary, which he has kindly placed at my disposal.

B.N.C.VOL. VII.

NO. 1.

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PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

BERWICKSHIRE NATURALISTS' CLUB.

Address delivered at Berwick, on the 30th of September,

1869. By Sir Walter Elliot, K.C.S.I., of Wolfelee.

GENTLEMEN, I was unfortunately prevented from attending the last Annual Meeting, at Chirnside, on the 24th of September, and from hearing the able address of your late President, Mr. Hardy, on resigning the chair. On that occasion you were pleased to nominate me as his successor—an honour wholly unexpected by me--and to which, as one of the youngest members of the Club, which I only joined in 1862, I should have felt it presumptuous to aspire. In accordance, however, with the standing rule, which allows no option in the matter, it only remains for me to return my grateful acknowledgment for this mark of your favour.

For an account of the proceedings of that day I am indebted to the copious notes of our Secretary, which he has kindly placed at my disposal.

B.N.C. VOL. VII.

NO. 1.

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“A wet, cold morning prevented many members from attending; yet sixteen were assembled to take part in the proceedings of the day, including the President Mr. James Hardy, the Secretary Mr. George Tate, Mr. D. Milne Home of Wedderburn, and Mr. Arch. Jerdon. The other members present were—Dr. C.Stuart, the Rev. Wm. Wilson, Chirnside ; Mr. Wm. Stevenson, Mr. C. Watson, Mr. Wm. Crawford, Dunse ; Mr. Roy Borthwick, Mr. Gilbert Stewart, Melrose ; Mr. Heatley, Alnwick; Mr. G. B. Black, Prior Bank; Mr. J. Edward Friar, Grindon Ridge; Mr. J. Clay, Berwick; Dr. Paxton, Norham. After breakfast, the accounts, which show a good balance in favour of the Club, were passed. Seventeen new members were elected, among whom was Dr. Acland, the eminent Professor of Medicine in Oxford University, whom we had had the pleasure of seeing at our Meeting of the 27th of August, at Alnwick. A new rule was proposed by Dr. Douglas and seconded by Mr. George Tate, that' Corresponding members, who shall not be called upon to pay subscriptions, may be admitted into the Club; they may be nominated and seconded at any meeting prior to that held in September, and elected at the Annual Meeting by the votes of three-fourths of the members present; they shall be entitled to attend the meetings, to send communications, and to receive one copy of the yearly Proceedings.' The resolution was unanimously adopted, and in accordance therewith, Mr. Wm. Shaw of Guns-green, and Mr. Anderson of Lintlaw-burn, were elected corresponding members. The following places of meeting for 1869, were then selected Burnmouth, Lauder, Hawick or Castleton (to meet the Dumfriesshire Club) Howick, and Berwick.

“ Mr. Gilbert Stewart read a remarkable paper giving an account of several new plants discovered on the banks of the Gala and the Tweed, many of which have been introduced into the district, from distant localities, by the fleeces of wool used in the manufacture on Gala waier. Afterwards, fine specimens of red selenite and white fibrous gypsum from the Tuedian formation on the Whitadder were shown to the

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