Issue 34 ~ September, 2020

September 3, 2020.

Dear Karoosters ….

I think that God invented spring so that we could see that after the dark and cold of winter we can witness new life budding and flowering before our very eyes. We in South Africa surely cannot miss this symbolism.

We are, we all pray, seeing the end of the very long winter of our discontent, through clean, new rose-coloured glasses. Even the coldest and most miserable of winters will come to an end. To quote Mongane Serote out of context : It is a dry white season/ but seasons come to pass. But to get the most out of the new season we know well that there is gardening and cleaning and raking to be done as well as of course planting of new plants and seeds. The garden needs watering and attention or else it never will amount to hill of beans. We know this. Even if your garden is a pot plant on the window ledge the same holds true as it does for the farmer with a ten thousand acre field of crops. It is this symbolism that will act as a guiding metaphor for what will be a newsletter describing a winter and a spring.

The entire Booktown Richmond crew wish to thank all of our supporters, both the newbees as well as very long standing patrons. You have made BookBedonnerd what it has grown to be ….an institution. Over the years we have presented an amazing array or speakers and personalities. They have all to the last one brought a new life and vitality to a once moribund Karoo dorpie. This Corona virus has hit us all a blow, but we shall return bigger and better, but still very home country and cozy. There is a spot on a stoep waiting for you!


Friends of Booktown Richmond have been hoping that BookBedonnerd XIII would go ahead, after all book festivals in SA were cancelled due to the pandemic. For the first time in 13 years, I am afraid we must disappoint you. Not only disappoint you, but possibly break your hearts. BookBedonnerd is not being cancelled because of COVID. It is being cancelled because the Northern Cape Provincial Government refused to fund us. Not just for this year, but since 2019. This might be the end of the road friends. The only Booktown in South Africa and indeed Africa might have to close its doors. This might be the end of the road but God willing and with a bit of financial support we are preparing for a future.

This at a time when we hear of the millions, no billions that have been stolen. This at a time when the Sunday Times ran an article accusing the current premier of the Northern Cape Province of PPE fraud. This from a man who many claim is not cut from the same cloth as the three letter plague that is the ANC. We sincerely hope it is a smear campaign and that he did not unduly influence the awarding of PPE tenders to his friends and wives of people in his office.

But it galls us that we have to deal with people from Arts & Culture and Tourism in the Northern Cape who are only in office because of patronage. They are not in office to serve the people of the Northern Cape. Perhaps with a little hyperbolic tongue in cheek I honestly believe that Booktown Richmond could do a better job running the Northern Cape Art, Culture, and Tourism; with more imagination and new ideas, and certainly more benefit to the people of the province than the existing bureaucracy and politicians have been able to conjure up in the past decade. Well they did dream up a skate board project the one year - in which they stole millions.  Have you heard of the Northern Cape as the skateboard capital of SA? Have you heard of Booktown as the book capital of the Northern Cape and the entire Karoo? And yet, despite the Booktown Richmond phenomenon of over a decade the Northern Cape Tourism Department cannot see its way clear to mentioning Richmond on their website. They are that incompetent.  If you think that we are enraged you have read it correctly!

Thus, after a decade of limp wristed financial support, the Northern Cape Provincial Government, has finally said in black and white that it is no longer willing or able to sponsor Booktown Richmond. And here we are referring to both the Tourism Department and the Department of Sport ART and CULTURE. Neither appears to see any benefit of a Booktown, whether it is improving literacy, supporting a new and novel tourist destination, bringing artists of all persuasions to the village (which houses what is one of the country’s pre-eminent Galleries, Modern Art Projects), and supporting what has been described as the best little literary event in the country, and the only literary event in the Northern Cape.

We can therefore only pray that the only Booktown in the country and on the continent will rise next year like the proverbial phoenix with our Spinning a Yarn Festival scheduled for the end of April or early May 2021. We can only pray that the electorate at local, provincial, and federal levels punish the ANC at the polls and bring about a change of government. The country is being bled to death, garrotted, by ANC instigated corruption at every level. We need a South African spring.

 And if these rumours of spring are to be believed, we must dream of a better life for all South Africans. To this end please feel free to add to the list of South African whom you feel have the brains, ideas and integrity to oversee our country until we can relieve ourselves of the present government. If you have been following this list you will note a few new people have been added as well as a couple deleted, due in the main to allegations of PPE scams:

George Orwell
Judge Dennis Davis | Judge
Moeletsi Mbeki | Economist
Johan Rupert | Businessman
Elon Musk | Businessman
Prof Adam Habib    | Academic
Prof Jonathan Jansen | Academic
Tony Leon | Politician
Pieter Dirk Uys    | Actor…..this is serious business
Frans Cronje | Scenario Planner
Mike Schussler | Economist
Bantu Holomisa | Politician
Zwelima Vavi | Trade Union
Pieter Groenewald | Politician
Prof Raymond Parsons | Economist
Gerrie Nel | Legal
Jeremy Samson | Brand South Africa
Steven Koseff | Banker
Kgalema Motlanthe | Politician
Tito Mboweni | Finance
Trevor Manuel | Finance
Lesetja Kganyago | Banker
Dr Imtiaz Sooliman | Gift of the Givers
Wayne Duvenhage | Civic
Bishop Desmond Tutu | Moral Leader
Adv Paul Hofmann | Constitutional
Chief Justice Mogoeng | Judge
Prof Ashwin Desai | Sociologist
Helen Zille | Politician
Herman Mashaba | Politician
Pravin Gordhan | Politician
Kimi Makwetu | Finance
Mark Barnes | Business
Michael Jordaan    | Banker
Lindiwe Sisulu | Politician
Ronald Lamola | Legal
Glynis Breytenbach | Legal
Maria Ramos | Economist
Judge Edwin Cameron | Judge
Natasha Mazzone | Politician
Raymond Suttner | Intellectual
Gill Marcus | Finance
Mcebesi Jonas | Finance
Judge Dikgang Moseneke | Judge
Terry Crawford Brown | Legal
Andisa Ntsubane    | Marketing
Paul Sullivan | Legal
Cas Coovadia | Business
Lindiwe Mazibuko | Politician
Judith February | Lawyer
Prof William Gumede | Economist
Adv Thule Madonsela | Academic
Mmusi Maimane | Politician
Willie Hofmeyr | Legal



Booktown Richmond & BookBedonnerd
(in partnership with the University of the Western Cape)




Madibaland World Literary Festival 2020
November 20 – 30th

On a brighter note we are proud to announce that Book Town Richmond, in partnership with my university, the University of the Western Cape will host a festival that will capture the imagination of all book loving South Africans – the MADIBALAND WORLD LITERARY FESTIVAL. Think of it as BookBedonnerd International!!! For this is truly a book festival with some serious international credentials. At the end of April, when I spelt out my vision for such a festival on LITNET, I said it would be the largest online literary festival in the world. I think it just might be, with 150 writers (and growing) on the programme. But without a doubt, it will be the biggest literary festival this country has seen. Below the preliminary list of writers set to speak at the inaugural Madibaland World Literary Festival:

1. Shilpa Raj – The Elephant Chasers Daughter
2. John Connell. The Cow Book.
3. John Connell. The Running Book
4. Greg Marinovich – Shots from the Edge: A Photojournalist’s Encounters with Conflict and Resilience.
5. Jacob Dlamini : Askari : A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-apartheid Struggle.
6. Jacob Dlamini : The Terrorist Album: Apartheid’s Insurgents, Collaborators and the Security Police
7. Gabeba Baderoon : The History of Intimacy
8. Christopher Merrill. Poetry.
9. Christopher Merrill. Walt Whitman
10. Michael Greene.  For the Sake of Silence
11. Christopher Nicholson. Winter.
12. Christopher Nicholson. Among the Summer Snows
13. Angie Butler. Explorers of the Heroic Age
14. Emma Neale - Billy Bird
15. Emma Neale – Poetry.
16. Karen Karbo – The Stuff of Life
17. Karen Karbo – The Gospel According to Coco-Chanel.
18. Kiki Petrosino - Witch Wife
19. Kiki Petrosino - White Blood - A Lyric of Virginia.
20. Sumayya Lee – The Story of Maya
21. Chris Abani – The Secret History of Las Vegas t.b.c
22. Etienne van Heerden – Die biblioteek aan die einde van die wereld (The library at the end of the world.
23. Fred Khumalo – The Longest March. t.b.c
24. Hugh Bland : Trappist Mission Stations of KZN
25. Hedi Lampert – The Trouble with my Aunt
26. Ashwin Desai : Indian Indenture
27. Breyten Breytenbach . Poetry t.b.c
28. Dominique Malherbe : Sarah Goldblatt Biography.
29. Chris Nicholson (SA judge) t.b.c
30. Erica Platter : Durban Curry.
31. Vernon Head : A Tree for the Birds
32. Athol Williams : Poetry.
33. Fikile Hlatshwayo : Blacks do Caravan.
34. Carol Campbell : The Tortoise Cried It’s Only Tear
35. Zoe Wicomb : Still Life
36. Lauri Kubuitsile : But Deliver Us From Evil.  
37. Rumena Buzarovska : My Husband.
38. Amanda Michalapoulou : God’s Wife.
39. Nikola Madzirov : Remnants of Another Age
40. Dana Snyman : On the Back Roads. / Soekmekaar 
41. Antony Osler : Mzansi Zen.
42. Mike Lowry/ Steve Wimberley/ Phillip Kretzman – Inspirational Animal Stories
43. Tracy Going : Brutal Legacy
44. Vladimir Martinovski. Poetry.
45. Riana Scheepers – A Writers House t.b.c
46. Diana Ferrus - Poetry
47. Jan van Tonder – Die verevrou
48. Ronnie Kasrils – Catching Tadpoles
49. Raashida Khan – Fragrance of Forgiveness
50. Ronnie Govender in conversation with Rajendra Chetty (t.b.c)
51. ZP Dala / Sylvia Garib – Durban in words t.b.c
52. Philippe Menache & Darryl David – Churches of South Africa – A Platteland Pilgrimage
53. Hattie Edmonds – The Spectacular Vision of Oskar Dunkelblick
54. Jolyn Philips – Bientang t.b.c
55. Shanthini Naidoo – Women in Solitary t.b.c
56. Jerzy Koch – Pleks van plaas
57. Elleke Boehmer – Southern Imaginings – To the Volcano
58. Nico Moolman – Russia in the Anglo-Boer War
59. Mongane Wally Serote – Sikhahlel’ u-OR – praise poem to Oliver Tambo (t.b.c)
60. Mandla Langa – Dare not linger (t.b.c)
62. Ahmed Kathrada Foundation
63. Paul Weinberg. A 30 Year Journey with the San
64. Lizzie Collingham : Hungry Empire : How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped The Modern World
65. Lizzie Collingham : Curry : A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors.
66. Kirsten Miller : All that is left.
67. Andrew Miller : Dub Steps
68. Don Pinnock : The Last Elephants.
69. Patricia Schonstein : The Inn at Helsvlakte
70. Petro Hansen : Vervleg
71. Andries Bezuidenhout : Onplaats
72. Ronelda Kamfer – Chinatown (Poetry) 
73. Marguerite Poland – Sins of Omission
74. Natalie Conyer – Sisters in Crime – Three Sydney Crime Writers
75. AM Kamaal – Nigeria/ Nome Patrick Emeka - Nigerian poets t.b.c
76. Nathan Trantraal – Oolog ( Poetry)
77. James Daschuk – Clearing the Plains
78. Pieter Louis Myburgh – Gangster State t.b.c
79. Chris Marais & Julienne du Toit – Karoo Roads
80) Bronwyn Davids – Lansdowne Dearest : My Family’s Story of Forced Removals
81. Zirk van den Bergh – Ek wens, ek wens
82. Erns Grundlingh – Sushi en Shosholoza : Rugbyreise en pelgrimstogte in Japan
83. Antjie Krog - Poetry
84. Petrovna Metelerkamp : Jeanne Goosen Biografie – n Lewe vol sinne .
85. Lynne Joffe – The Gospel According to Wanda B. Lazarus.
86. Mike Nicol – Espionage Fiction
87. Obie Oberholzer : Photography
88. Christy Lefteri - The Beekeeper of Aleppo
89. Zanele Dlamini – Wounds of Ignorance
90. Landa Mabenge – Becoming Him : A Trans-Memoir.
91. Audrey Schulman – The Theory of Bastards
92. Cherry Lewis – The Enlightened Mr Parkinson
93. Chris Mann – Troubadour
94. Irene Fisher – I am still here 
95. Clinton du Plessis. Poetry
96. Cameron McNeish : Scotland’s 100 Best Walks / There’s Always the Hills
97. John T. Edge : The Potlikka Papers : A Food History of the Modern South
98. Kobus Moolman
99. Gerbrand Bakker.  Boven is het stil (The Twin) & De omweg (The Detour)
100. Sjon – The Whispering Muse from Iceland. Author/ Academy Award nominated singer
101. Debbie Rodriguez – The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.
102. Amy McDaid NZ – Fake Baby.
103. John Matisonn – Cyril’s Choices.
104.  Sharon Gosling – The House of Hidden Wonders – in conversation with Hugh David
105. Chigozie Obioma – The Fishermen / An Orchestra of Minorities
106. Gaireyah Fredericks / Jaja Binks – Kaaps oppie Richterskaal
107. Johan Jack Smith – Zola
108. Colleen Higgs – My Mother, My Madness
109 Ria Winters – Reise met Schoeman
110. Thomas Mollett – The Anni Dewani Murder
111. Christine Barkhuizen le Roux – My naam is Prins
112. Anel Heydenrych – Die Afloerder
113. Carla van der Spuy – Plaasmoorde t.b.c
114.  In Memoriam – session dedicated to all writers who lay down their pen in 2020
115. Anton Harber – South African Muckraking : 300 years of investigative journalism t.b.c
116. Andisiwa Kawa – Enough
117. John Costello -  The Wild Coast
118. Raks  Seakhoa -  Halala Madiba - Poetry
119. Daniel Hugo. Die verdriet van Belgie / Oorlog en terpentyn
120. Lize Albertyn du Toit – Die Kinders van Spookwerwe
121. Paul Weinberg - On Common Ground: An exhibition of Peter Magubane and David Goldblatt
122. Bridget Krone – Small Mercies
123. Marita van der Vyver –Borderline / Grensgeval
124. Hector Kunene. Poetry
125. Sindiswa Seakhoa - Songs for Madiba – Music
126. Irna van Zyl – Bloedsteen / Blood Stone
127. Barbara Boswell – Black South African Women’s Novels as Feminism
128. Deena Padayachee –Poetry/ Short Story
129. Rajie Tudge – Teaching the Canna Bush 
To access presenter profiles click here << LINK | and scroll down to the list of writers 

For further queries, please contact Darryl Earl David on or on Whatsapp 0664558822. Website
God Bless South Africa
Forever BookBedonnerd

Peter Baker (co-director of Bookbedonnerd, alongside Darryl David)
Website: Booktown Richmond
Just received from Rose Willis, Karooster of note....a lovely little ditty about our favourite wee Karoo dorpie......enjoy.

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Sir Peregrine
Lady Sarah Maitland
Lady Sarah Maitland's father, Charles Lennox 4th Duke of Richmond

Romance behind the tale of Richmond

A love story linked to one of the grandest balls in the history of the1800s, the Battle of Waterloo, a handsome British army general and beautiful young lady, all led to the naming of the little Karoo village of Richmond. Established in 1843 the town was named in 1845* (see end Note 1) in honour of  Charles Lennox, the 4th Duke of Richmond, but behind just how a Scottish peer’s name was bestowed on a faraway South African village lies a rich, romantic tale. During his lifetime Charles served as a soldier, politician, member of parliament, Lord Lieutenant for Ireland and Governor General of British North America. He was also the father of Lady Sarah, the second wife of Sir Peregrine Maitland, who was governor of the Cape Colony from March 18, 1844, to January 27, 1847.

Born on December 9, 1764 he was the only son of General Lord George Lennox and Lady Louisa Kerr, daughter of William Kerr, 4th Marquess of Lothian. Charles, joined the Coldstream Guards at the age of 23 in 1797. He tried to get into active service, but was not successful, so had little opportunity to show his prowess as a soldier. He served briefly in Martinique. His aggressive streak often landed him in trouble and he was dismissed for insubordination in Gibraltar.  He fought two major duels. The first took place on May 26, 1789, when he challenged his commanding officer, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, second son of George III, after overhearing the Duke make a disparaging remark about the Lennox family. Charles’s shot only grazed the Duke’s locks and, in an act of condescension, which infuriated Charles, the Duke chose not to fire. He invited Charles to take a second shot. This was mortifying and made Charles the butt of many jokes.  

The second duel took place about a month later when he challenged pamphleteer Theophilus Swift for criticising him in print. This time his aim was better and he hit Theophilus who was fortunately only slightly wounded. Considering discretion the better part of valour, Charles left the Coldstream Guards and went to Edinburgh as the Lieutenant-Colonel of the 35th Foot. He inherited the title on December 29, 1806, on the death of his uncle and also became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. His secretary was Irish-born Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, one of 19-century Britain’s the leading military and political figures and twice prime minister of England.

Charles was a convivial, outgoing, gregarious man. He was an affable, talented, had polished manners, a good understanding, sound judgement and, at times, keen sense of humor. Most people considered him to be “engaging”, and “a distinguished, illustrious nobleman of unshaken fortitude and with true Christian spirit”,  however, a family friend, Lady Caroline Capel, said he was “the most gloomy and melancholy person” she had  ever met.  She added that he was a heavy drinker with a dissolute personality and that he liked to smoke and carouse until 3 or 4 in the morning. This made him very popular with his soldiers as did his lavish parties in Ireland. He was good sportsman. He enjoyed tennis, horseracing and cricket. He was an accomplished right-hand bat, noted wicket keeper – despite the fact that he had trouble with his eyes - and founder member of Marylebone Cricket Club.

He married Charlotte, daughter of the 4th Duke of Gordon, within seven weeks of meeting her. She by all accounts was a very snobbish person, excessively proud and disdainful of people of inferior rank.  A domineering person, she was given to piques, rages, furious fits of temper; and blew hot and cold according to her mood. Her son’s tutor hailed her as one of the sourest persons I have ever had the displeasure to meet – a most haughty, disagreeable, jealous woman, Her penchant for gambling and gaming. almost crippled her husband. Charles fed Charlotte’s jealousy by having a lengthy affair with Augusta Everitt (Lady Edward Somerset) and made no attempt to hide this.  In time he became financially embarrassed and in 1814 he relocated to Brussels with his whole family to evade his creditors. The Richmonds were well remembered in Belgium for a lavish,  glittering, glamourous ball given by Charlotte on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo.
It was on that night that Sarah, the fourth child and second daughter, among  their14 children met the love of her life. She was one of the beauties of her day and her father had high hopes that she would “make a good marriage” – to begin with he did not consider this to be it.

The magic began on June 15, 1815. War was imminent and British, Belgian, Dutch and German troops, ready to confront Napoleon had gathered in Brussels under the command of Wellington, who had risen to Field Marshall and commander of the allied forces. Ever the social climber Charlotte decided to show off her social standing, as Wellington was a family friend, and to host a lavish ball for the Allied officers .It was a memorable event held on the  night before the Battle of Quatre Bras, just three days before Napoleon, led 72,000 troops against 68,000-men of the British army, to a field near the village of Waterloo,13 km south of Brussels. The British victory that day immortalised Wellington, who became one of the greatest generals in British history and nicknamed the Iron Duke. Napoleon fled from the battlefield in tears. That fateful day marked the end of his reign, his banishment to St Helena and also the end of French domination in Europe.

The ball was said to be the most extravagant, glamorous and glittering social occasion of its kind in the history of the time. Wellington’s presence in Brussels was a highlight of the social season, so over 200 guests were invited. They included all of Belgium's elite, powerful friends and relations, the cream of the crop of foreigners and every high-ranking military man in the capital at the time. She hoped the ball would be a “merry night of diversion for the nobility, the gallant officers of the Allied army and a delight for mothers with marriageable daughters”.

Reverend George Griffin Stonestreet, a contemporary commentator, on English society season in Brussels, sneered at the occasion. He called the British aristocracy “cold, calculating and unfeeling, yet salacious and hot blooded”. They were overly concerned with social decorum, he said, yet flung themselves into a wild abandon of public indecency. “They practise severe etiquette, women greet each other with a kiss on each cheek, then sit down stiff as waxworks. They begin to dance with perfect decorum, then go on to dangerous waltzes and finish with indecently violent romps." (The waltz, introduced in Austria, was a new dance decried by The Times as being “dangerous an obscene”. The newspaper warned every parent to guard against their daughters experiencing such  “fatal contagion” and close familiar physical contact.

On the day of the ball an infectious, breathless, excitement swirled through the social circles of the city. Even the threat of French forces on their doorstep could not dampen the mood. Most were accustomed to living with the threat of war and to seizing every pleasure whenever they could. At around 22:00 the sound of horse’s hooves and carriage wheels clattering across cobbles signalled the arrival of the guests. The huge room slowly filled, the orchestra struck up, and the festivities began amid the usual whispers, gossips, scandals and amusing moments. Lady Louisa, one of the Richmond daughters, remembered a display of Scottish reels, spirited Highland dancing and a sword dance performed by four sergeants of the 92nd regiment of Foot (later the Gordon Highlanders.)  “My mother thought it would interest foreigners to see them, which it did.”

The Duke of Wellington and his intimate staff arrived between 23:00 and midnight. In this retinue were many dashing young officers, the cream of Britain's military men - within less than 72 hours about four in every ten would be dead or wounded  Among them was the handsome, debonair and dashing. Major-General Peregrine Maitland, who that night lost his heart to Sarah, the 23-year old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond. His presence in the room had caused many a young lass’s heart to flutter, but he had eyes that evening only one - the beautiful, vivacious, sprightly, fun-loving, and exquisitely beautiful Sarah. She had a beautiful complexion, “a bloom upon her cheeks”, a pretty mouth, remarkably fine teeth and lustrous hair.  From the moment he saw her Peregrine was smitten. It was a case of love at first sight because Sarah was equally smitten by him.  As the evening progressed the two knew they were in love.

Suddenly the music, laughter and dancing, was interrupted by the arrival of Lieutenant Henry Webster. His entrance was dramatic. He rushed into the room, breathless and covered in mud. He had a message for Wellington. Napoleon was at the crossroads. Wellington ordered his men to depart and to join their regiments. Glowing pleasure-filled faces pleasure became pale and sombre The atmosphere in the room changed as the news spread. The orchestra valiantly tried to play on but there was no heart left for dancing. Bugles began to sound in the distance as men were summoned to their units. Wellington announced they were to march out at 03:00. Some lingered over their farewells for so long that they were unable to change and rode into battle in splendid evening dress. As Peregrine rode off at the head of the 1st Brigade of the Foot Guards, he promising Sarah he would return.

The coolness and composure of the Richmonds in such a trying situation on that fateful night was well rewarded. Wellington gave Charles Napoleon’s campaign chair, a banner, and his breakfast silver. Two years later the people of Brussels presented the Duchess with a china tea and coffee set painted with views of major battle sites at Waterloo and of officers in uniform.

When Peregrine returned there was only one person who he wanted to see . Their love flourished and within short Peregrine asked for Sarah’s hand in marriage. but, father refused his blessings. Peregrine had been a widower since 1805 and had a ten-year old son. Charles also thought their age differences was too great - Peregrine was 38, she was 23 – and anyway he had high hopes of a much better, wealthier match for his beautiful daughter.

In the end parental disapproval was not an impediment. Peregrine and Sarah simply eloped to Paris and raced to the Duke of Wellington’s quarters where they were married on October 9, 1815. Her father, was enraged, but after a while settled down and there was no lingering hostility. Many said that this was because of Wellington’s intervention. He supported the match which turned out to be happy and politically advantageous to Peregrine. His career and social status advanced with the beautiful, gracious, graceful, elegant Sarah at his side. She was a perfect hostess and supported everything he wanted to do.

When Charles was appointed Governor-in-Chief of British North America, he appointed Peregrine as Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada.  Sarah spent ten years in Ontario where the townships of Tiny, Tay and Flos were said to be named after her pet dogs. Peregrine’s esteem for his father-in-law was proved when he came to South Africa as Governor of the Colony. When the little farming community around the Ongers River acquired a portion of P J van der Merwe’s farm Driefontein to established a town. they approached the Governor for permission to name it in his honour. He declined and suggested that they name it Richmond in honour of his father-in-law. This was officially done in 1848.  

A curious tale surrounds Charles Lennox, the 4th Duke of Richmond. He was born in a barn and he died in a barn. Born in Scotland, on September 9, 1764, he was the son of Lord George and Lady Louisa (Kerr) Lennox . She went into labour while they were on a fishing trip and this led to the baby being born unexpectedly in a barn. Then, many years later, during the summer of 1819, Charles died in a barn of what was said to be hydrophobia - the first reported case of human rabies in Canada.  While on an extensive tour he was bitten on the hand by a rabid fox on June 28.  The injury healed, but 60 days later,  on August 24, it flared up again and he became seriously ill. In extreme agony he was carried to a barn on the farm of the Chapman family near the town of Richmond. which had been named in his honour.  Official reports of this incident were  written by Charles’s military secretary Major George Bowles and Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Cockburn, Deputy Quarter-Master General to the Forces and Inspector of Military Settlements in British North America.  While over the years there has been controversy and speculation about Charles’s death, rabies is generally the accepted cause.

Charles had only been in Canada for 13 months when he died, but he had seen much more than any of his predecessors. His body was taken back to Quebec, where it was buried on September 4 from the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

Born in Longparish, Hampshire,  Peregine, was the eldest of five sons born to Thomas Maitland Lyndhurst and his wife, Jane, the daughter of Edward Mathew, a general of the Coldstream Guards. He entered the British Army at the age of 15 and served for most of his life as a soldier and colonial administrator. He too was a keen cricketer, associated with the Marylebone Cricket Club, Surrey and Hampshire.  He was married twice: First on June 8, 1803, to Louisa, the daughter of Sir Edward Crofton, who gave birth to a son on May 1, 1804, but died the following year. Ten years later he married Sarah who produced seven children, one of whom, George, died in infancy

He was a popular, highly respected, well-mannered and widely liked gentleman, resolute and firm with an unassuming tone. He liked a simple lifestyle and some said that was because he was “extremely delicate in health”. Lord Dalhousie said he seemed to be “rapid in consumption.”. Reverend John Strachan, one of his political allies, described him as “most amiable and pious man, always anxious to do all the good he can.” Henry Scadding recalled him as “a tall, grave officer, always in military undress; his countenance ever wearing a mingled expression of sadness and benevolence.”

When in south Africa in 1844, he was well received by all elements of the colony’s society. Churchmen in particular were impressed by his Christian devoutness and humanitarian interests.  However, by 1846 he seemed to have become incapable of dealing effectively with the difficult problems relating to the indigenous populations and the Boers on the frontiers. Lord Grey, the colonial secretary, said he had “never been a man of any great ability” and should have been retired. James Stephen, the colonial under-secretary, said Peregrine’s administrative weakness had been masked by the efficiency of his secretary, who wrote most of his dispatches. By 1847 he was considered too old and ineffective and succeeded by Henry Pottinger. Peregrine and his family sailed on the ship Wellesley on February 23. Back in England he enjoyed his retirement and the esteem of all who knew him well. He died on May 30, 1854.
What Evil Felled the Duke – a re-examination of the death of the 4th Duke of Richmond – by Hugh Whitney – published in Ontario History Volume 105, Number 1, Spring 2013
The Grand Old Duke of York: A Life of Prince Frederick, Duke of York – by Derek Winterbottom
A historical narrative of early Canada
Dancing Into Battle - The Duchess of Richmond’s ball
Various Wikipedia and Wikitree sites.
Death: September 08, 1873 (77)
Revelry and Redemption: The Real Story of the Death of Charles Lennox, Fourth Duke of Richmond – by Leslie Smith Dow Source 

End note 1
On the occasion of the town’s  150th anniversary a telegram was received from the 10th Duke of Richmond. It read: “I am pleased to send you my warmest congratulations. One day I would like to visit you, I hope all citizens of Richmond enjoy the celebrations.” Messages were also received from the mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Gina MacKinnery, and from Eileen Leo-Hayden, honorary secretary of Richmond Overseas Links, a non-political, non-sectarian organization formed to establish and maintain cultural, educational and social contact between communities bearing the name Richmond.  Round-up October 1993 No 9 – Greetings from his Grace


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Richmond is said to be the most popular place name in the world. Some are named in honour of the British dukes, while others are simply a combination of “rich” (splendid) and “mont” (hill). South Africa has five - two towns, a Johannesburg suburb, Richmond Estate in Cape Town and Richmond Hill in Port Elizabeth. London has 46, Oxford 41, Manchester 36, Wellington and Bristol 35 each, Newcastle 29, Plymouth 24, Jamaica and Australia 4 each and Granada 2. The Grenadines, Bahamas, New Zealand, St Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago all have one each. There are some Richmonds in northern France; the USA has several. There is a Richmond in San Francisco, California and Virginia, which is home to Richmond University. There is a Richmond Hill in Ontario and another in Fiji. Sri Lanka has a Richmond Castle and Vancouver, a Richmond Heights. Richmond in British Columbia took its name from Charles Lennox, lst Duke of Richmond, the illegitimate son of Charles II, states Barclay Simpson in Richmonds of the World. The southwest London one was named in honour of Henry VII, who was Earl of Richmond before he ascended to the throne. South Africa’s Karoo town was named in honour a 4th Duke of Richmond - Sir Peregrine Maitland’s father-in-law. The town in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, was initially named Beaulieu-on-Illovo in 1850 by British settlers from Beaulieu, seat of the Duke of Buccleuch in Richmond, North Yorkshire. The name was later changed to Richmond. - Rose’s Round-up November 2016 No 275
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33 Loop Street, Richmond, Northern Cape, South Africa
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