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This page contains sources of information relating to Patrick Matthew that don’t fit into the categories I’ve created elsewhere on this website. Many of these come from Mike Sutton’s text searches.
 

  • Robert Hogg‘s “The Apple and its Varieties” (1859) mentions three varieties of apple from the orchard at Gourdiehill – the “Baudrons” (p.216), the “Flat Anderson” (p.233), and the “Green Virgin” (p.238). He also gives thanks “To Mr. A. Gorrie, of Annat, and Robert Mathew, Esq., of Gourdiehill, in the Carse of Gowrie, for much valuable information, and specimens of the fruits of that great orchard district of the North” on p.ix of the Preface. Hogg also mentions the “bud sport on an old tree of the Golden Pippen in an orchard at Gourdie Hill, in the Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire, the property of Robert Mathew, Esq., who pointed it out to me when I was on a visit to him in 1846” on p.206 of “The Fruit Manual” (1884). Patrick Matthew did have a son called Robert, and although Robert would not have been the owner of Gourdie Hill in 1846 (he would have been 26 at that time) he may well have been left in charge of the estate while Patrick visited his estates in Germany. Note that Hogg misspells “Mathew”.
  • In 1886, a “Mr Matthew of Gourdiehill” is mentioned twice in the Proceedings of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science, Vol 1 (1886). The first notes that “he knew well the value of fruit” and that “in one year, from Gourdiehill orchards, which are about 30 acres in extent, £1400 was obtained”. The second notes that a special presentation pair of antlers were “presented to the Museum by Mr Matthew of Gourdiehill”.
  • Page 128 of “The historical castles and mansions of Scotland: Perthshire and Forfarshire” by A. H.. Millar (1890) reports “The Genealogie of the Lords Oliphant as it was written in the Castell of Duplin”, a document in the possession of Patrick Matthew’s daughter Euphemia. The author notes the genealogy “was originally copied by James Duncan, Chamberlain to Hay of Balhousie, in the reigns of Charles II and James VII, who resided at Mill of Moor near Dupplin. He was younger son of Robert Duncan of Gourdie Hill, who married Christian Oliphant”. Item 5 of the genealogy states (with my translation from the Older Scottish Tongue in square brackets): “Schir [Sir] Walter Oliphant son to the said Sr William mareit [married] King Robert brucis dochtir [daughter]”. From information provided by Howard Minnick (here and here). For additional genealogical notes by Howard Minnick, see here.
  • In 1892, Patrick Matthew’s part in introducing specimens of Sequoia gigantea (Giant Redwood) to the UK, from seeds sent him by his son John D. Matthew, is once again recounted in a volume of the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society devoted to a “Report on the Conifer Conference”: Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, Vol 14 (1892), pp.307-8. The original report from Patrick Matthew is in Matthew (1854), and articles attributing the introduction to him can also be found in “1866d” and “1872b“.
  • (2016.07.08) A new family history, written by Howard Minnick’s Great Grandfather Charles Patrick Matthew, has been discovered (see here). This has revealed new details about the fate of Patrick Matthew’s son John D. Matthew. John was first in California, then briefly with his brothers James and Charles in New Zealand in 1854, before moving on to western Australia where he died in 1857.

 
Page created: 26 January 2015
Last modified: 10 September 2016

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