Falconer Commemorative Street Names

A new small housing estate is coming into existence along the Grantown road on the outskirts of Forres, and all of its roads have been named to commemorate the achievements of Hugh Falconer, the founder of the museum. All the names come from his life and work:

Falconer Avenue – Not only the family name, but there is also a Falconer Avenue in Calcutta Botanic Gardens named in honor of Hugh Falconer’s time as superintendent there.

Macrae Court – After his mother.

Hugh Falconer as a young man (1844)

Hugh Falconer as a young man (1844)

Hugh Falconer in his latter years

Hugh Falconer in his latter years

Hugh Road – Falconer’s given name.

Darwin Drive – Charles Darwin was a close friend of Falconer, a frequent correspondent, and admirer of his work and discoveries. Charles Darwin went on to write the Origin of Species and today is now looked upon to be the father of the evolutionary theory.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Sewalik Hill – The area where Hugh Falconer studied hitherto unknown fossils which informed theories of evolution.

The River Ganga in the Sewalik Hills

The River Ganga in the Sewalik Hills

Rhododendron Rise – A species was named after him: Rhododendron falconii.

Rhododendron Falconii

Rhododendron Falconii

Cautley Close – Professor Cautley was an influential colleague at the Geological Society in London, where Hugh Falconer was awarded the highest honour.

Professor Cautley

Professor Cautley

Chinchona Terrace – (pronounced ‘kinkona’) A plant from which Hugh Falconer derived quinine, benefiting the health and welfare of thousands.

Chinchona Calisaya

Chinchona Calisaya

Kensal Green – Cemetery in London, Falconer’s final resting place.

Kensal Green Cemetery

Kensal Green Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residents of the new roads will gather at the Museum for a special visit on August 2nd 2015 to meet their streets’ namesakes.