Beggars Bush: A Perambulation through the Disciplines of History, Geography, Archaeology, Literature, Philology, Natural History, Botany, Biography & Beggary


“The idea is to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction of another”

Richard Feynman

I am a geographer by degree, a lawyer by profession and a historian by inclination. My interest in Beggars Bush is a byway which I have followed for several years. This site is to publish my amateur research for readers in the hope it will interest them. I hope they (you) will comment, correct and contribute — see How to use this site.

This site is not and never will be complete. I will post notes on new sites, writers, speculations and include any information you offer.

I like talking about Beggars Bush. I would be pleased to give talks on Beggars Bush which can include illustrations that I can’t post on this site.


I have not been alone on this journey. Along the way I have been accompanied, encouraged and helped by many people who know far more about subjects than I do. All foolishness is mine. Where they have helped with specific topics I have included an acknowledgement there. I would like to offer particular thanks to Phil Quinn, Neil Mortimer, late Sir Angus Fraser, Richard Coates, John Pile, Keith Briggs, Philip Saunders, Paul Cavill, Janet Pennington, Steve Poole and Peter Edwards.


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