Obituary: A Memoir of Robert Service

Published on 01 July 1911 in Obituaries

BY the death of Robert Service, Scotland loses one of her most zealous and able field-naturalists. It will ever be a matter of regret that he was not given health and length of life to accomplish his dearest wish– the writing of a book on the fauna of the Solway area. It is certain that no one could have been better fitted for this task, either by local observations or general knowledge, as is abundantly proved by his contributions to scientific literature. I have compiled a list of upwards of two hundred papers and notes from his pen, which appeared from time to time in the Scottish Naturalist, the Entomologist, the Zoologist, the Transactions of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, and in ( other similar publications. These papers are not confined to one or two branches of science, for he was a lover and an admirer, just as much as a student, of Nature in all her ways. The exigencies of business, however, gave him too little time for the arduous task of writing for the Press, and it is to be regretted that with him must have perished many results of mature thought and hardly-gained experience. Scientists, such as Alfred Newton, H. A. Maepherson, Howard Saunders, Major Barrett-Hamilton, Professor G. F. Scott-Elliot, Messrs. W. Eagle Clarke, and J. A. Harvie-Brown, were among his constant correspondents; but the fact that he was universally recognised as the authority on local zoology, never made him speak or write

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