The Books Of Hilda Leyel

Joined: December 18th, 2007, 1:07 pm

March 26th, 2008, 5:51 pm #21

Hi Helena

It's general stuff about Hilda, her books, how she formed the society of herbalists, plus some herb society historical facts that Hilda is responsible for. Although we're undecided as to whether to put all the info compiled so far into a book about Hilda and The Herb Society.


joan Dugdale
joan Dugdale

June 23rd, 2008, 5:21 am #22

Hello Joan,
Unfortunately I have absolutely nothing on Mrs Grieve (apart from her book which was edited by my Grandmother).
On searching the internet I found the information below:
"Reference: GB 0237 Dc.3.97/1-4; Dc.3.98
Title: Collection of material relating to Mrs. Maud Grieve, F.R.H.S (fl.1937)
Dates of creation: 20th century
Held at: Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division
Extent: 4 volumes, 1 box
Level of Description: fonds
Language of Material: eng lat
Administrative/Biographical History

Mrs. Maud Grieve was the Principal and Founder of 'The Whins' Medicinal and Commercial Herb School and Farm at Chalfont St. Peter in Buckinghamshire, England. The training school gave tuition and practical courses in all branches of herb growing, collecting, drying and marketing. Grieve had also been President of the British Guild of Herb Growers, and Fellow of the British Science Guild. Her work A Modern Herbal contains medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and economic properties, cultivation and folklore of herbs.
Scope and Content

The material comprises of volumes of work, and pamphlets, relating to the properties, cultivation and folklore of herbs, and accounts of British trees and their by-products. The core of the collection is the four volume typescript of A modern herbal, 1937 (first published 1931), which includes an index of botanical names and an index of English names.
Administrative Information

Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.
Access Conditions

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.
Further Information
Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.
Publication Note

The Library (Darwin Library) holds a copy of the 1974 reprint edition of Grieve's A modern herbal: the properties, cultivation and folk-lore of herbs, grasses, fungi, shrubs and trees with all their modern scientific uses, at shelfmark 581.6:633.88 Gri.
Access Points

Grieve, Maud (fl. 1937) Herbalist"
I have a feeling that you probably know about this collection in Edinburgh. If not maybe it will be useful.
I look forward to reading your book in due course.
Thank you, Peter, I am very grateful for your effort in my behalf! I'm sorry to have taken so long to write. I was in the UK for 7 weeks and have had a lot of catching up to do since coming home - all sorts of things have suffered from neglect.

Yes, I have visited the collection in Edinburgh - the www is a wonderful resource, isn't it?

Of course, your grandmother died very much after Maud's death so only a little of her story intersects with Maud's, but for Maud it was a crucial intersection. It is very interesting to me to see lives of these two women side by side, as it were: Maud is the archetypal Victorian and Hilda is very much an Edwardian.
Did you know your gandmother?

Because all Maud's papers were destroyed at her death (she having no descendants) there are great holes in the biographical material and what I had hoped to be a biography will now be a novel. I hope to get it finished by the end of the year but as yet have not attempted to find a publisher.

Thank you again for your consideration.
Joan Dugdale