Victoria I used to get up about 9, read the newspapers, take a few
solar observations with a Sextant till 12, have luncheon, and ride
up to town about 2, lounge about the town paying visits and
shopping till 3, then go for a ride till 4:39, get home about
5:30, have dinner at 6, cup of tea at 7:30, rubber of whist (for
love) till 11, and then turn in and that was our ordinary
employment. We used to be overrun at various portions of the
day by naval officers coming on shore for fun, and in the evening
we used sometimes to have as many as a dozen at a time in our
Mess-room, and we were all great friends with them."
-- 27 May
Lt. Anderson RE
|Served as veterinary surgeon in the Crimea, 1855–6. Naturalist to
the Boundary Commission sent to British Columbia, 1858. Joined the
staff of the journal
Land and Water
in 1866 before being engaged by the viceroy in archaeological and
scientific research in Egypt. Was a correspondent of Charles
Darwin. Appointed manager of the newly established Brighton Aquarium
1872, four months before his death.
John Keast Lord, by J. Kirkwood, after Unknown
Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery
Early visitors to the Okanagan Valley remarked on the numbers of birds they encountered. Like the naturalist John Keast Lord who wrote in 1860 when he marveled:
"If there is an Eden for water-birds, the Osoyoos lakes must be that favored spot."
"As I smoked away, silent as all about me, suddenly a sharp clear whistle that awoke the echoes far and near, thoroughly roused me, and sent all other thoughts to the rout."
This was John Keast Lord's introduction to the hoary or "whistling" marmot.
Mr. Lord, a naturalist attached to the British Boundary Commission in
1861, was quietly smoking his pipe near the point where the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and the United States meet, above Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park.
|There is an
attractive little book that deals with the life of the Victorian
naturalist John Keast Lord (1819-1872).
John Keast Lord:
Materials for a life describes his early life
in Devon, his qualification as a veterinary surgeon, his subsequent
wanderings in North America, his part in the Crimean campaign, his
services as naturalist, veterinarian and transport manager with the
British North-American Boundary commission 1858-1862, his subsequent
career as author and journalist, his Red Sea expedition of 1868-1869, and
his final appointment as manager of the Brighton Aquarium.
"attractive little book"
William Bullock's Egyptian Hall, where Lord lectured, and on the dispersal
of Bullock's zoological collections are included. Appendices list
material in the Natural History Museum collected by Lord on the Boundary
Commission, species named after him, his scientific papers, and a
selection of his other writings. For more info on this book, please
by John K Lord include:
Lord, J. K. 1863: Lord, John Keast. 1863.
Notes on two new species of mammals. Proceedings of the scientific meetings of the Zoological Society of London (1863): 95--8.
Lord, J. K. 1866: Lord, John Keast. 1866.
The Naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia. 2 vols. London: Richard Bentley.
|The gastropod name
(E.A. Smith, 1880) and the bivalve name Psephidia lordi (Baird, 1863) are likely honouring the British naturalist John Keast Lord, 1817-72, who worked in Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Etymology of Marine Organism Names