The New York Times, 05 February 1929

In the icy tundra of an island in the Bering Sea lives a small Lemming with a link to Lapford! The Lemming, Lemus Harroldi, is named after Lapford-born Cyril Harrold who, in the 1920s, had a growing reputation as one of the most gifted ornithologists and field naturalists of the time. His selection for a prestigious research expedition to Madagascar was the stuff of his boyhood dreams. But a few days before he was due to sail, he contracted Meningitis and died. He was 33.

1. Overview Read More

2. A Boyhood Fascination Read More

3. Emigration to Canada Read More

4. Field Trips Read More

5. Specimen Collection Read More

6. William Rowan & Beaverhills Read More

7. The Secret of Migration Read More

8. Percy Taverner & the National Collection Read More

9. Nunivak Island Read More

10. The Last Voyage Read More

11. Clipped Wings — an unexpected death Read More

12. Cyril Remembered Read More


  1. Obituary by B.W.Cartwright and A.G.Lawrence, Canadian Field Naturalist, volume 43, page 132, September 1929 []
  2. The Cottage , Gotham []
  3. The Old Manor House, Breaston, from about 1904 []
  4. Funeral sermon as reported by West Bridgford Times & Echo, Friday 07 June 1929 []
  5. Edward Darbey was the official Taxidermist to the Manitoba Government []
  6. Darbey’s obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 26 August 1922 []
  7. William Rowan arrived back in Winnipeg in Oct 1919 after university studies and marriage in England. He had become friends with Darbey after frequenting his shop 1908-1911 and had remained in contact []
  8. Restless Energy, The Biography of William Rowan (1891-1957), Marianne Gosztonyi Ainley [] []
  9. noted collections were Old Squaw Duck (02 May), Hudson Curlew (21 May) and Scarlet Tanager (30 May). []
  10. St. Albans District manifest records of aliens arriving from foreign contiguous territory: arrivals at Canadian border ports from 1895-1954, vol 594-595, Sep 1921 []
  11. Cyril made the first record in Saskatchewan of: Duck Hawk (02 May), Townsend’s Solitaire (10 May) and Grasshopper Sparrow. Other rarities included Stilt Sandpiper, Buff- breasted Sandpiper, Brewer’s Sparrow, Black- headed Grosbeak and Blackburnian Warbler—Notes on the Birds Found at Lake Johnston and Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, During April and May, 1922, C. G. Harrold, Wilson Bulletin, Jan-Mar 1933, pages16-26 []
  12. They were accompanied by William’s “lab boy” Robert Lister []
  13. William Rowan, Nature, volume 115, 494–495 (1925) []
  14. Now the Canadian Museum of Nature []
  15. Notes on the Lesser Snow and Blue Geese Observed at Whitewater Lake, Manitoba, C.G.Harrold, The Auk, Volume 45, Issue 3, 1 July 1928, Pages 290–292 []
  16. Charles Sternberg’s son George was, like Taverner, closely associated with The National Museum as well as being a bird collector. This had led to Taverner collecting in the Red Deer Valley and visiting the excavation site on a similar trip in 1917 []
  17. Rowan and Taverner had been corresponding for some years and had been keen to meet []
  18. Jack Cranmer-Byng (1996) “A Life With Birds: Percy A. Taverner, Canadian Ornithologist” The Canadian Field-Naturalist 110(1) []
  19. Taverner left 26 July; Laing stayed to 26 October– Ornithological Investigations near Belvedere, Alberta, P. A. Taverner, Annual Report of the Canadian National Museum for 1926, pp. 84-104. []
  20. Banding Franklin’s Gulls in Alberta, William Rowan, The Wilson Bulletin (1927), pp44-49 []
  21. Photographed by T. Dale Stewart, Explorations and Field-work of the Smithsonian Institution in 1927, p154 []
  22. Credit: Hatchwell, B. from Birds of the World, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA []
  23. the Japanese Pipit, Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler and Prunella montanella []
  24. the Mongolian Plover and Cassin’s Bullfinch []
  25. Birds of Nunivak IslandAlaska, Harry S. Swarth, Pacific Coast Avifauna (22), 1934, pp1-65 []
  26. Explorations and Field-work of the Smithsonian Institution in 1927, pp149-156 []
  27. History of Botanical Exploration in Alaska, Eric Hulton, p330 []
  28. Negative 4905, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, appeared in The Shield & Diamond, Official Publication of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Vol XXXVII (5), June 1928 []
  29. Bulletin of the National Museum of Canada, no.62 (1929), p12 []
  30. Dr. Harry Oberholser, Dr. Glover Allen, Francis Allen and Frank Kennard []
  31. Obituary, Canadian Field Naturalist, volume 43, page 132, September 1929. []
  32. Obituary by B.W.Cartwright and A.G.Lawrence, Canadian Field Naturalist, volume 43, page 132, September 1929 []

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