Sibbald 1684 Species Data

Published: 22 February 2018| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/snxsgjwdhh.1
Lee Raye


The dataset given here is a list of every identifiable species from this Robert Sibbald's (1684) Scotia Illustrata, divided into domesticated species, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. The dataset gives (as far as possible) species-level identifications of the fauna Sibbald identified as living in Scotland. The ‘Identified by Linnaeus’ column indicates where the name Sibbald uses for each species was either adopted by Linnaeus, or where Linnaeus lists the name as an accepted alternative – in either of these cases, the identification of species is more secure. I also have a column to indicate whether the name in Sibbald has been previously identified – either in Mullens’ translation, in Adamson’s notes on Sibbald’s History of Fife & Kinross, or in the Dictionary of the Scottish Language (DSL). The criteria for an identification to be labelled as ‘Secure’ are described in the accompanying article - Raye, L. (2018) Robert Sibbald's Scotia Illustrata (1684): A Faunal Baseline for Britain. in: Notes and Records.



Swansea University


History of Science, Early Modern Period, Wildlife Conservation, Natural History