This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Fruit, rather below medium size; oval, even and regular in its outline, and marked on one side with a suture, which is a mere line. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, inserted without depression. Skin, deep yellow, thickly speckled on the side next the sun with crimson specks and dots. Flesh, yellow, tender, melting, and juicy, with a rich sugary flavour, and adhering to the stone.
A second-rate dessert plum; ripe in September. Shoots, smooth.
It was raised by Mr. Archibald Gorrie, of Annat Gardens, Errol, Perthshire, about the year 1842, and was named as a compliment to Mr. Charles Lawson, nurseryman, of Edinburgh. It is very similar to Imperial Ottoman.
Fruit, about medium size; roundish, and marked with a deep suture. Skin, green, like the Green Gage, covered with a white bloom, and becoming yellowish as it ripens. Flesh, separating from the stone, greenish yellow, melting, very juicy, rich, and sugary, with a fine and remarkably sprightly flavour.
In the first edition of this work I unintentionally described this variety under the name of Abricotée de Braunau, as I was not aware at the time that Dr. Liegel had raised another plum, which he called the New Apricot of Braunau, and which this variety has proved to be. To prevent mistakes in future, I have called this by the name adopted above. Mr. Rivers, in his catalogue, classes it among the Gages, which is an error.
Little Queen Claude. See Yellow Gage,
Fruit, medium sized; short oval, and marked with a shallow suture. Skin, purplish red, dotted with darker red, and covered with thin bloom. Stalk, half an inch long, slender, set in a wide funnel-shaped cavity. Flesh, yellow, juicy, and pleasantly flavoured, adhering to the stone.
A preserving or culinary plum; ripe in the end of August and beginning of September. Shoots, smooth.
Fruit, above medium size; round, and compressed on the side, where it is marked with a broad suture. Skin, greenish yellow, streaked with orange and broad broken bands of dark olive, and covered with a greyish white bloom. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a rather wide cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, firm, juicy, rich, and sugary, with a pleasant briskness, and adhering to the stone.
A dessert and preserving plum, bearing considerable resemblance to the Green Gage, but not so richly flavoured; ripe in the end of August. The tree is hardy, a vigorous grower, and an excellent bearer as a standard. Young shoots, smooth.
It was raised by Mr. Lucombe, of the Exeter Nursery.