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Henry Wemyss Feilden, naturalist on HMS Alert 1875–1876

  • Trevor H. Levere (a1)


Capt Henry Wemyss Feilden RA, an amateur naturalist with particular interests in ornithology, was appointed by the Royal Society of London to serve as one of two naturalists with the British Arctic Expedition of 1875–76, which wintered off northern Ellesmere Island under the command of Capt G. S. Nares RN. Feilden took part in several sledging journeys, and made important collections and observations, especially on the geology and biology of the region.



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Deacon, M. and Savours, A. 1976. Sir George Strong Nares (1831–1915). Polar Record 18 (113): 127141.
Examiner, The. 1878. Review of E. L. Moss's Shores of the Polar Sea, etc. The Examiner 20 07 1878.
Feilden, H. W. 18751876. Journal of HMS Alert. Royal Geographical Society MS 387B.
Feilden, H. W. 1877a. List of birds observed in Smith Sound and in the polar basin during the Arctic expedition of 1875–76. Ibis, ser. 4(1): 401–12.
Feilden, H. W. 1877b. On the mammalia of North Greenland and Grinnell Land. Zoologist Ser 3 (1): 313–21, 353–61.
Feilden, H. W. 1877c. Arctic molluscan fauna. Zoologist Ser 3(1): 435–40.
Feilden, H. W. 1878a. On the geological results of the polar expedition under Admiral Sir George Nares FRS. Abstracts of the Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 352 (1877–78), 04 17 1878: 12.
Feilden, H. W. 1878b. Notes from an Arctic Journal. The Zoologist 2: 313–20, 372–84, 407–18, 445–51.
Feilden, H. W. 1878c. Some remarks on interglacial epochs, in reference to fauna and flora existing at the present day in the northern hemisphere between the prallels of 81° and 83°N. Scientific Proceedings of the Royal Dublin Society 2: 4244.
Feilden, H. W. 1879. Notes from an Arctic Journal. The Zoologist 3: 1624, 50–58, 89–108, 162–70, 200–202.
Feilden, H. W. 1887. On the zoology of Captain Markham's voyage to Hudson's Bay in the summer of 1886. Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society Transactions 4: 354–66.
Feilden, H. W. and Etheridge, R. 1878. On the palaeontological results of the recent polar expedition under Admiral Sir George Nares KCB FRS. Abstracts of the Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 352 (1877–78), 04 17 1878: 34.
Feilden, H. W. and DeRanee, C. E. 1878. Geology of the coasts of the Arctic lands visited by the late British expedition under Captain Sir George Nares, RN. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 24: 556–67.
Feilden, H. W. and Jeffreys, J. G. 1877. The post–tertiary beds of Grinnell Land and North Greenland. Annals and Magazine of Natural History Ser 4 20: 483–94.
Great Britain. 1875. Papers and correspondence relating to the equipment and fitting out of the Arctic expedition of 1875, including the Report of the Admiralty Arctic Committee. Presented to both Houses of Parliament… London, Eyre and Spottiswoode.
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Jones, T. R. (editor). 1875. Manual of the natural history, geology, and physics of Greenland and the neighbouring regions. London, Eyre and Spottiswoode.
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Nares, G. S. 18751876. Remark Book 1875–76. Public Archives of Canada MS MG b12 vol 3.
Nares, G. S. 1878. Narrative of a voyage to the polar sea during 1875–76 in H.M. Ships Alert and Discovery, …with notes on the natural history edited by H. W. Feilden … 2 vols. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington.
Public Record Office. No date. Copy of letter in MS Admiralty 1 5394; Public Archives of Canada microfilm 3400.
Richards, G. H. 1875. Memorandum from [George] Henry Richards, 6 January 1875. PRO MS Adm. 6367, Public Archives of Canada microfilm B3532.
Royal Botanic Gardens. No date. Correspondence between J. D. Hooker, Nares and Feilden: MS volume relating to the Arctic Expedition 1875–76 in archives.
Royal Geographical Society. 1873. The new Arctic expedition. Correspondence between the Royal Geographical Society and the Government. London, Royal Geographical Society.
Royal Geographical Society. 1875. Arctic geography and ethnology. A selection of papers on Arctic geography and ethnology, reprinted and presented to the Arctic Expedition of 1875, by the President, Council and Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society. London, Royal Geographical Society.
Royal Society of London. 1875. Instructions for the use of the scientific expedition to the Arctic regions, 1875, suggested by the Arctic Committee of the Royal Society. London, Royal Society of London.

Henry Wemyss Feilden, naturalist on HMS Alert 1875–1876

  • Trevor H. Levere (a1)


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