Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Funding award will help to commemorate Carse man’s scientific legacy

Patrick Matthew.
Patrick Matthew.

A project to celebrate the legacy of a Tayside man credited with discovering the process of natural selection 30 years before Charles Darwin, has been awarded Heritage Lottery funding.

The Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group (CoGSG) will receive £10,000 for the Patrick Matthew Memorial Project which includes a festival weekend from September 30 to October 1

“This project, which is two years in the making, will create a story-map and trail for people of all ages to discover Patrick Matthew’s Carse and his contribution to science, orchards, redwoods and social justice,” said Fiona Ross, CoGSG chair.

“Securing the Heritage Lottery funding promotes a memorial to his legacy for local residents and Matthew’s descendants.”

The group is working with Matthew’s descendants, including Howard Minnick, and expert Dr Mike Sutton from Nottingham Trent University to promote his legacy.

Despite his early discovery of the process of natural selection, the 19th century landowner, farmer, social justice campaigner and fruit grower has never been recognised by the scientific establishment.

Dr Sutton maintains Darwin’s book Origin of Species, published in 1859, had been heavily influenced by Matthew’s work, On Naval Timber and Arboriculture, published in 1831, which contains the complete hypothesis of the theory of natural selection.

“In actuality, it is Scotland and its people who have been most short changed by this deception,” said botanist and conservationist Howard Minnick.

“Therefore, it is they and Scotland who need to recover this heritage taken from them. That is what I hope to accomplish and help to bring about with this memorial project.”

It was Matthew who introduced the Californian giant sequoia redwood to the Inchture and Errol area and one was recently discovered at Megginch Castle, owned by Catherine Drummond-Herdman.

In America, redwoods are depleting in number due to global warming and establishing a genetic reserve in Scotland will secure their future.

Redwoods are incredibly difficult to propagate and while many have failed, a Carse family have just succeeded using seeds from Matthew’s original trees in Inchture.

One of these has been planted at Megginch Castle, involving the local growers and the sustainability group’s junior division, the Junior Carsonians (representatives from the six local Carse primary school) who have been studying famous local people like Matthew.

Already a subscriber? Sign in