Sir Herbert Maxwell
Release Date: 01 October 2007
Format: Paperback / softback
TO THE READER - IT was primarily for my own convenience that the first volume of these disjointed notes was published just a quarter of s century ago. Memory is a slippery jade, and requires to be jogged pretty frequently by some form of written record if impressions received from seasons, scenes, and books are not to fade into oblivion. 3lanuscript memoranda being unhandy for reference, methought it would be a luxury to have them transfigured into print and bound in s volume wherewith n few friends, sharing the writers fads, might beguile an odd half-hour. It never was in contemplation at that time that the volume should be the first of, z series. That it has been followed by six others must be attributed in large measure to the attractive form in which they have been presented to the public by Mr. Edward Arnold. It was inevitable that many blunders should be perpetrated in a miscellany of this kind, wherein one who is fully conscious of his limitations has touched upon so wide a variety of subjects. He feels, therefore, that his first duty in presenting a fresh volume of adversaria is to offer such atonement as lies in his power by exposing the worst of these blunders in a pillory. Cunl relego scripsisse pudet, quia plurima cerno Me quoque quze fuerant judice digna lini. V FIRST SERIES Page 215. A line has been omitted from the second stanza of the Buckinghamshire Ballad. After Butsons Hill insert- And as many as eer they pleased theyd kill. Page 247. For Malcolm Canmore read Malcolm the Maiden. Malcolm Ceannmor reigned 1058-1093, Malcolm the Maiden 1153-1165. Page 253, line 14. Leave out rushes swiftly at right and. SECOND SERIES Page 8, line 9 from the bottom. I regret to have beenguilty of this error. William Scrope 1772-1852 of Castle Combe, author of The Art of DeerstalLGng and Days and Nights of Salmon-Pishing, was descended from. Richard le Scrope, 1st Baron Scrope died in 1403, and that branch of the family ended with his only child Emma, who married George Poulett Thomson, Esq., M. P. who afterwards took the name of Scrope, and died without issue in August 1866. But Henry Aloysius Scrope, Esq. of Danby-on-Yore, Yorkshire, is in direct male descent from Henry, 6th Baron Scrope of Bolton. Page 12, line 2. For Gladwood read Gladswood. Page 49, line 16. For hassti read Haasti. Page 71, last line. A serious slip For cockchafer read clickbeetle. Page 92. The question propounded here has solved itself. In 1904 I happened to see a great crested grebe Podicipes cristatus . sitting upright on the. shingle beside the Sanctuary Lake, and watched the bird through the glass preening its plumage in that attitude for fifteen or twenty minutes. A singular error has crept into the description of this species in the late Lord Lilfords admirable Coloured figures of the Birds of the British Islands, v02 vi, page 109. The generic name is given as Podiceps, which means rump-headed, whereas the true name Podicipes signifies rump-footed, in allusion to the posterior position of the feet. Page 120, line 6. For frontinalis read fontinalis. Page 192, line 5. For loch-eacha read each-locha. Page 263, line 12. For chamceorus read chcvmcernorus. Page 281, line 3. For six-and-forty read two-and-forty., Page 290, line 16. For five read three. TO THE READER vii THIBD SERIES Page 42. After reading these remarks, the late Canon H. Ellacornbe wrote to me - The keeper at the Helston LizardLighthouse told me . . . that he had never had any of the lights broken but once, and that wa, s by n woodcock that went clean through it. I was unable to ascertain whether the woodcock survived the shock. Page 60...
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