Review of the Devonian Year Book for 1911

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 191-192


Maxwell Adams

Prepared by Michael Steer

National pride in the industrial might of Britain and its growing Empire during the Victorian and Edwardian eras generated an increased public awareness of regional identity. Devon literature of that period became no longer just of interest to antiquarians or tourists. There was a growing market for it among Devonians, including those expatriates who formed Devonian associations in London and elsewhere. The London Devonian Association published a yearbook for many years, of which the 1911 issue is a typical example. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Note 184. REVIEW. - We have received a copy of the Devonian Year Book for 1911, edited by Mr. R. Pearse Chope, and published under the auspices of the London Devonian Association. This volume is the second of this publication and, like its predecessor for 1910, contains much interesting matter. We heartily recommend it to all Devonians. Among its varied contents are, a record of the Year's Work of the Association, including an account of the farewell dinner given by the London Devonians to Capt. Scott previous to his departure for the South Pole, and an article on the Family of Northcotes, Lord Northcote being the President of the London Devonian Association for the year. There is also an index list of "prominent living Devonians who are regarded, or who regard themselves, as candidates for inclusion in a subsequent edition" of The Worthies of Devon, which is promised in the future. This list as it now stands, however, is capable of considerable expansion. Mr. G. E. L. Carter contributes an interesting article on the " Map of Devon" under the sub-heads Configuration, The River System and Historical Geography. In the epitome of a Lecture by Mr. Cecil R. M. Clapp, on the " Rivers of the Moor " there are some obvious slips. The distance between Ashburton and Holne Bridge (page 70) is i\ and not miles. On page 72, the sentence "Pursuing the East Dart from Dartmouth we come to Brimpts Wood, etc.,"should read "from Dartmeet," and again lower down in the same paragraph, the Grey Wethers are described as a " Stone Arch " instead of a " Stone Circle." The extracts from the Lecture by Dr. E. A. S. Elliot on "The Birds of our Leas and Estuaries" is in that author's happy style and full of interest to all naturalists. Mr. R. Pearse Chope's own contributions comprise a history of the "Devonshire Regiment and Territorials," and "The Early History of Devon as told in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, with Notes from other sources," a carefully compiled and valuable addition to the History of the County. The volume is well illustrated, the portraits of Lord Northcote, Alderman C. Pinkham, and Mr. R. Pearse Chope, the last from a drawing by Vernon Hill, being particularly felicitous.     [Maxwell Adams]