Robert Lunn

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Date Details
1861 Born March 15th
1874 Porter.
1881 General Assistant.
1901 Clerk.
1901 Superintendent of maps.
1921 Retired.


There are 3631 photographs in the official Land Survey photograph collection taken by Robert Lunn.

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/DC/A/C/23/95-96,100,121 R Lunn: Letter on his appointment.
GSM/DC/A/C/25/48 R Lunn: Letter on his promotion.
GSM/DR/St/A/31 R Lunn: Duties in Edinburgh office (apart from Supt. of maps)

Robert Lunn[edit]

In 1891 under the direction of Survey geologist Jethro Justinian Harris Teall, Mr A Macconochie, Assistant Curator of the Survey collections, along with Mr Robert Lunn, General Assistant in the Edinburgh office, were sent to the North West Highlands to take a series of photographs in order to 'help explain points of geological structure'.

This first official photographic survey lasted several weeks and they took with them a half-plate wooden field camera and tripod using glass plate negatives.

Lunn continued to photograph in the Scottish Highlands for several years and gradually Survey geologists became interested in the benefits the new technology offered in the recording, describing and archiving of their work. By 1904, chiefly due to the work of Lunn, the Survey had begun to assemble an official picture collection.