The visit by John MacGillivray to the Kermadec Islands in 1854 and the discovery and description of the Kermadec petrel (Pterodroma neglecta)
|Title||The visit by John MacGillivray to the Kermadec Islands in 1854 and the discovery and description of the Kermadec petrel (Pterodroma neglecta)|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Bourne, WRP, David, ACF|
|Type of Article||short note|
John MacGillivray was the wayward son of one of the greatest British ornithologists, William MacGillivray, friend of J.J. Audubon (Ralph 1999). He became a ship’s naturalist like Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley, and Joseph Hooker, but unlike them went little further. While he was an excellent field observer and made good notes, he was irresponsible in his private life and major writing-up. When MacGillivray was appointed to the Herald the Captain, Henry Mangles Denham, asked for abstracts for the Admiralty of his observations at the places that they visited, such as Tristan da Cunha and St Paul I (Bourne & David 1981, 1995). MacGillivray apparently then took offence when the St Paul I report was published under Denham’s own name (Denham 1854), possibly because he had not included his own, and sent a rude (untraced) comment to a Sydney newspaper. A court of enquiry (including Denham) was held in Sydney on 25 Apr 1855. MacGillivray (was dismissed the following day, but his records were retained on HMS Herald.