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John Yule

John Yule

18th/19th century Scottish physician remembered as a botanist
John Yule
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Intro 18th/19th century Scottish physician remembered as a botanist
Is Botanist Physician
From Scotland
Type Healthcare Science
Gender male
Birth 1762
University of Edinburgh
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Dr John Yule MD FRSE FRCPE MWS (1762–1827) was an 18th/19th century Scottish physician remembered as a botanist. He specialised in conifers and was the first to academically differentiate larch, spruce and fir.


He was born in Edinburgh in 1762 the son of John Yule a baxter (baker) on Dub Row.

He studied Medicine at Edinburgh University gaining his doctorate (MD) in 1785. After qualifying he worked in Sheffield for several years before returning to Edinburgh around 1800. He was one of he earliest corresponding members of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland during his time in Sheffield.

In 1801 he was living on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh's South side.

In 1815 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Sir George Steuart Mackenzie, Thomas Allan, and Alexander Christison. He was then living at 23 York Place.

He died at home 23 York Place on 23 February 1827.

He is buried in New Calton Cemetery.


  • The Aspect of the Proper Pines (1820)


His great nephews included Henry Yule and George Udny Yule.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 20 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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