Samuel Arnott


Samuel Arnott of Carsethorn and Sunnymead, Maxwelltown, became a member of Society on 1st July 1893. He served as a member of Council on numerous occasions and became the first specifically 'named' Editor of the Transactions for volumes 20 to 22 (inc) of the second series — published in the sessions 1907–08, 1908–09 and 1909–10. Concurrently he was appointed Secetary for a period of five years — being made an Hon. member on his retiral from that post.

He published extensively within the Transactions on a variety of subjects — including antiquarian, historical and folklore — but principally on matters botanical.

Bibliography from TDGNHAS

  • Plant Superstitions, Series II, Vol. 9, p.78
  • Antiquities of Kirkbean, Series II, Vol. 10, p.29
  • Some Kirkbean Folklore, Series II, Vol. 11, p.11
  • Kirkbean Folklore, Series II, Vol. 12, p.38
  • Children's Singing Games and Rhymes Current in Kirkbean, Series II, Vol. 13, p.99
  • Some Observations on the Variation of Plants under Cultivation, Series II, Vol. 17, p.41
  • The Toxic Effects of Colchicums on Bees [Summary only], Series II, Vol. 17, p.246
  • The Snowdrop: Its History, Literature, and Fair Maids of February, Series II, Vol. 17, p.339
  • Raising Double Polyanthuses and Primroses from Seeds, Series II, Vol. 18, p.27
  • The Chrysanthemum Sport Exhibited at last Meeting, Series II, Vol. 18, p.95
  • The Salmon Disease, Series II, Vol. 18, p.182
  • Observations on Seed Distribution of some Bulbous Plants, Series II, Vol. 19, p.35
  • Bulblets or Bulbils on Stems of Lilies, Series II, Vol. 21, p.25
  • Some Wild or Common Fragrant Plants, Series II, Vol. 22, p.103
  • Notes on Outdoor Plant Photography, [Summary only], Series II, Vol. 22, p.137
  • Local Plant Names, Series II, Vol. 23, p.195
  • Some Local and Other Plants Names, Series II, Vol. 24, p.223
  • Plant Superstitions, [Summary only] Series III, Vol. 2, p.115
  • The Fasciation of Plants, III, Vol. 4, p.22
  • Characteristics of Alpine Plants, Series III, Vol. 5, p.110
  • Some Plant Notes, Series III, Vol. 5, p.211
  • The Colchicum, or Meadow Saffron, Series III, Vol. 6, p.27
  • The Romance of Helen Craik of Arbigland, III, Vol. 11, p.77
  • The Logan Gardens, Series III, Vol. 11, p.185
  • Fugitive Notes on Plants: The Colchicum or Meadow Saffron, Series III, Vol. 12, p.111
  • Viviparous Plants, Series III, Vol. 14, p.127.

Articles by this author

S. Arnott

Notes on Outdoor Plant Photography [Summary only]

Botany, Photography

TDGNHAS Series II, 22 (1909-10), 137(WARNING very large file size: 11.43 MB)


Mr Arnott dealt with the difficulties attending plant photography and the methods adopted to secure suitable backgrounds, sufficient sharpness of detail, and the true colour values of flowers. He described the troubles caused by wind, confined space, and

S. Arnott

The Toxic Effects of Colchicums on Bees [Summary only]

Entomology, Botany

TDGNHAS Series II, 17 (1900-05), 246(WARNING very large file size: 19.53 MB)


In this short paper the author gave the results of a series of observations upon the toxic effect produced upon bees frequenting colchicums in search of honey or pollen. The bees became stupefied and died.

S. Arnott

Plant Superstitions [Summary only]

Botany, Folklore

TDGNHAS Series III, 2 (1913-14), 115(WARNING very large file size: 16.79 MB)


Mr Arnott, in an interesting manner, recounted many of the popular beliefs attached to particular plants, drawing his matter from widely distributed sources and districts. He illustrated his paper with a number of lantern slides of the various plants.

S. Arnott

Some Plant Notes


TDGNHAS Series III, 5 (1916-18), 211(WARNING very large file size: 17.97 MB)


Three valuable papers were read at this meeting - 'The Science of Fresh Water Lakes', by Mr W.H. Armistead, 'Some Plant Notes', by the Chairman [Provost S.Armott] and 'Reminiscences of the Stewartry' by Mr C. Marriott, M.A. It is to be regretted that the