An active volcano, 19,347 ft (5,897 m) high, N central Ecuador. A symmetrical snowcapped cone in the Andes, it is one
of the highest volcanoes in the world. It is continuously active, and frequent eruptions have caused severe damage. Cotopaxi
was first scaled by Wilhelm Reiss in 1872.
In one of Robert Cross's report to refers to meeting Reiss enroute to this historic climb!!!
A certificate in the family held by Murial More, a great grand-daughter of Elizabeth Cross of Cadder, a sister of Robert
Cross, started an enquiry about a presentation by Robert Cross to the then Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art.
The Museum was later named the Royal Scottish Museum at Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF.
They confirmed from their Annual report for 1884 that Robert Cross of Cramond, Edinburgh had presented the Museum with
a piece of Inca gold.
The correspondence records:
We do have a cast gold pendant given by Robert Cross in 1884. The pendant, registration number 1884.12, is in the form
of a bird headed god. It is 1 1/8ins high, and is in the Sinu style, which was current in Colombia between AD1000 and 1500.
The pendant has been on exhibition in the Museum's gallery of Ancient American Art.
The Archive of the India Office ( now part of the British Library Archive ) contains a huge amount of written material
on the chinchona expeditions, and various reports and statistics regarding cultivation in India.