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Mineral collecting was Matthew Heddle's main passion. Several of Heddle's minerals are on display in the National Museum of Scotland.

  • Heddle G31518

    Microcline from the Beinn Bhreck boulder. Note the crystal faces have been marked.

  • Heddle G43823

    Heulandite. Mineral of the zeolite group from Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire.

  • Heddle G34418

    Beryl associated with margarodite from Struy, Inverness-shire.

  • Heddle G4392

    Brewsterite. Mineral of the zeolite group from Strontian, Argyll.

  • Heddle G5407

    Analcime. Mineral of the zeolite group from Talisker, Skye.

  • Heddle G55020

    Pyromorphite, a lead phosphate from Leadhills, Dumfrieshire.

  • Heddle G73427

    Leadhillite, a secondary mineral from Leadhills, Lanarkshire.

  • Heddle G20122032

    Hemimorphite from Leadhills, Lanarkshire. This beautiful radial zinc silicate mineral is only 3-4mm across.

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About the Collection

Everything about Heddle was huge. He was huge of stature, with an adventurous, inquisitive and pragmatic spirit. Using his huge 28lb sledgehammer, his dynamism enabled him to amass a collection of Scottish minerals, especially agates and rocks, the likes of which has never been bettered.

At National Museums Scotland, we look after 5,700 specimens from his collection. Find out more about Heddle and explore his amazing collection here. You can download our Heddle trail [PDF 83KB] to find specimens from his collection around the National Museum of Scotland.

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