Charles Waterton


Biographical note

Waterton, Charles (1782–1865). — Naturalist, belonged to an old Roman Catholic family in Yorkshire, and was ed. at Stonyhurst College Sent out in 1804 to look after some family estates in Demerara, he wandered through the wildest parts of Guiana and Brazil, in search of plants and animals for his collections. His adventures were related in his highly-spiced and entertaining Wanderings in South America, etc. (1825), in which he details certain surprising episodes in connection with the capture of serpents, and specially of a cayman, on the back of which he rode. He also wrote an interesting account of his family.

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

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