Monday, 16 December 2013

London Devonian Year Book 1913-1915

A while back I looked at the London Devonian Year Book 1910-1912, a compilation of the annual publication of the London Devonian Association, edited by Richard Pearse Chope. As I said then, the whole flavour is very DWM (Dead White Males - admittedly then living). But apart from being a Who's Who of the (mostly male) great and the good among early 20th century Devonians, it's a very rich lode of Devon-related historical material, with some good articles amid the adulatory gush about Devon and its offspring. Articles apart, it has a lot of material that could be of interest for historical or biographical research, such as listings of Devon-related organisations and people.

I've since noticed that the Internet Archive has the full set from 1910-1918. See London Devonian Year Book 1910-1912 for previous contents details. Moving on:

In the 1913: A Devonian "Common of Saints" (page 51), "Fair Devon" (page 63), Miss MP Willcocks as a Novelist (page 64), The Civil War in the West (page 73), "A Devon Wife" (page 80), John Gay and the "Beggar's Opera" (page 81), Thomas Newcomen, and the Birth of the Steam Engine (page 94), The Newcomen Engine (a poem by Erasmus Darwin, page 104). Some Recent Devonian Literature (page 105), and "Drake's Drum" (page 135).

In the 1914: Captain Robert Falcon Scott, R.N., C.V.O. (posthumous tribute, following Scott's death on his South Pole expedition, page 22), Sir William Henry White, K.C.B., F.R.S., LL.D. ("late chief constructor of the Royal Navy", page 27), National Memorial to Sir Francis Drake (page 30), Drake in History, Song, and Story (page 36), "Drake's Drum" — Henry Newbolt (page 64), The Romance of Devon (a historical and geographical overview, page 65), "Devon, our Home" (poem, page 83), "Jan Pook's Midnight Adventure" (page 84), Devonians in London (page 85), Okehampton Castle : The Keep (page 105), Some Recent Devonian Literature (page 114).

Send-off dinner to Captain Scott at the Hotel Cecil, June 16th 1910
In the 1915 (an issue not surprisingly focusing on World War One): Devonshire Patriotic Fund (page 17), An English Volkslied (page 20), Notes and Gleanings (page 31), Devonshire and the War (page 38), "Waggon Hill " — Henry Newbolt (page 57), Devonshire Dialect and Humour (page 58), Thomas Savery, F.R.S., Engineer and Inventor (page 75), "Drake's Drum" — Henry Newbolt (again! - page 85), The Saints of Devon, Part I. (page 86), Okehampton Castle : The Residential Buildings (page 110), English Folk-music ("with special reference to the Folk-songs of the West Country", page 121),  Some Recent Devonian Literature (page 137).

An English Volkslied is a satirical and topical parody of Widdecombe Fair:
An English Volkslied
[According to a German map of England, only Devonshire and Cornwall will remain British territory at the end of the war.]

(Tune, "Widdecombe Fair.")
Jan Bull, Jan Bull, give me thy grey coast,
All along Channel and up the North Sea,
For I'm planning to gobble your island on toast —
Yorkshire Pudding, Norfolk Dumpling, Welsh Rarebit,
Southdown Mutton Dorset Butter, Kent Hops,
The Roast Beef of Old England and all !
The Roast Beef of Old England and all !

And what will be spared to Jan Bull of your greed ? —
Cornwall and Devonshire's cider and cream ;
I cannot spare more, I've too many to feed —
There's Joachim, and Adalbert, Eitel Friedrich,
Bethmann-Hollweg, Von Moltke, Francis Joseph,
The Kronprinz, Meinself, Gott und all,
The Kronprinz, Meinself, Gott und all !

The Globe.
The Devonian Year Book:
- Ray

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