Buckton Snippets

Buckton Snippets

George Bowdler Buckton was probably named after his Uncle by Marriage, Charles Bowdler. Charles Bowdler was a Proctor at Doctors Commons and a nephew of Thomas Bowdler MD, the gentleman who gave the World the expression to Bowdlerise. Meaning to censor or omit. This came about after Thomas Bowdler published The Family Shakespeare, in 1818. A version of Shakespeares’ works, deemed to be more appropriate for women and children. He also edited Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in a similar manner.

Several Bucktons were Proctors in Doctors Commons during the period that Charles Dickens was working there as a court reporter. He makes several references to Doctors Commons in his autobiographical novel, David Copperfield and makes a satirical description of it in, Sketches by Boz.

A Buckton Bug, Cinara Cupressi, is currently responsible for turning hedges brown in the UK. The aphid sucks the sap from Leylandiis causing the leaves to turn brown, before eventually falling off. The unusually mild winters of late are thought to be the cause, enabling the aphids to survive.

Ellen Anna Buckton 1820 – 1902, married George Edward Day MD FRS.  His mother, Mary Hale, was a descendent of Sir Matthew Hale, Lord Chief Justice of England, at the time of Oliver Cromwell

George Buckton 1784 – 1847 had a sister in law, Louisa Merricks, who married twice. Her first husband, John Cursham, was a Captain in the Madras Regiment. He died in 1826. She then married Gordon Thomas Falcon RN. As Colonel, Falcon was Commanding Officer of the Pembroke Dock Battalion. He later became a Rear Admiral.

Harold Buckton 1864 – 1947 was a Clergyman and keen Astronomer. In 1909, he was appointed Honorary Astronomer for the Athenaeum Club at their Observatory in Bury St Edmonds, whilst Vicar of Fornham St Martin, Suffolk. He was made Canon of Bury St Edmonds, living close to the Cathedral and Athenaeum Club, where he showed members objects in the night skies. He was also a keen photographer, making photographs of both Sun and Moon. Unfortunately, he also had an eye for the ladies, and it is reported that no young female servant was safe at the Rectory.

William Odling F.R.S., PhD 1829 – 1921 Brother in Law of George Bowdler Buckton, studied medicine at Guys Hospital and gained his M.B. becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. His interest though was always in Chemistry. He travelled to Paris and became a pupil of Professor Charles Gerhardt, and on his return, was appointed director of the chemical laboratory at Guys Hospital, London. His work is thought to be an important factor in the development of modern chemistry

He was also a lecturer on Chemistry at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and, like his father, was called to give evidence in court where deaths were thought to have been caused by poisonous gasses.

At the age of twenty six, he was elected to succeed Faraday as the Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution. In 1872 he was appointed to the Waynflete Professorship at Oxford. He held that position for forty years. He was a Fellow of Worcester College and successively, Fellow, secretary and then President of the Chemical Society.

He had a knowledge of fine arts and a considerable collection of rare poetry books, and engravings. He was also an excellent speaker.

George Odling c1795 – 1872 Father in Law of George Bowdler Buckton.
Was a Physician and Surgeon, and also had chemists shops, in Borough and Southwark, London, owned in conjunction with his brothers who were also Doctors.
Born in Tetney, Lincolnshire, he attended Cambridge University, moving to London in the early 1820s. He was Police Surgeon for London and attended Court many times, giving evidence on causes of death.  Amongst the cases was a case of suicide by Prussic acid. One man died of apoplexy, caused by excessive drinking, another of starvation.

In the same period that he was hearing evidence that the man and his family had only four shillings a week to survive on, George was attending a presentation dinner, tickets one guinea each.

Henry Buckton Laurence 1842 – 1886 was the son of George Henry Darby Laurence and Frances Buckton. George Henry Darby Laurence was a merchant, who was in business with his father Benjamin, trading as Lawrence and Sons, in Zante, Greece, and as a merchant in Hornsey, London. He went bankrupt in 1845 and died the following year.

Henry joined the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment as an Ensign, by purchase, in June 1861. He became a Lieutenant in 1865, a Captain in 1873 and Major in 1881. He served time in Malta and Canada. He had probably been trained as an artistic topographer at Military Academy. Before the days of photography, drawings were made by the military to record every aspect of military life. His drawings made in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec were later made into nineteen lithographic prints and published as “Sketches of Canadian Sports and Pastimes” in London, 1870.

One drawing made during a curling match on the frozen lake near Halifax Nova Scotia in 1867, shows people playing a game of hockey in the background. Although the game of hockey has been known to be played for centuries, this image is thought to be the first of the game.


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