Timothy The Tortoise: The Remarkable Story Of The Nation's Oldest Pet

Timothy The Tortoise The Remarkable Story Of The Nation s Oldest Pet Timothy made his first appearance in the nation s history when he was a ship s mascot in the Crimean War in After a long naval career he retired for a quieter life on land and was given to the E

Timothy tortoise Timothy c April was a kg pound Mediterranean spur thighed tortoise who was thought to be approximately years old at the time of her Timothy the Tortoise, Last Surviving Witness to Crimean Timothy the Tortoise, lounging in his home the garden of Powderham Castle, Devonshire, UK Today in Military History April , I found this interesting tidbit of history last week, and after relating it to my supervisor he insisted I write this up for my blog. Timothy The Tortoise The Remarkable Story Of The Nation s Timothy, a Mediterranean spur thighed tortoise, died at a great age The tale of course has to visit all the good and famous people who owned either Timothy since the Crimean War or the castle the earls of Devo This is a nice look at an unusual subject the resident tortoise at Powderham Castle, best known to me as the location for the film of The Remains Of The Day. Timothy s Book Notes of an English Country Tortoise by Timothy, a watchful and eloquent tortoise, has spent years living in the Hampshire village of Selborne Whilst the village is the occasional subject for the study of Timothy the Tortoise Home Facebook Timothy the Tortoise likes My name is Timothy, I am a male, Greek tortoise who has lived with my owners since I enjoy lettuce, cucumber and Timothy the Tortoise The Remarkable Story of the Nation Timothy, a Mediterranean spur thighed tortoise, died at a great age The tale of course has to visit all the good and famous people who owned either Timothy since the Crimean War or the castle the earls of Devon and their families.

  • Title: Timothy The Tortoise: The Remarkable Story Of The Nation's Oldest Pet
  • Author: Rory Knight Bruce
  • ISBN: 9780752868721
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Timothy made his first appearance in the nation s history when he was a ship s mascot in the Crimean War in 1854 After a long naval career, he retired for a quieter life on land and was given to the Earl of Devon in 1892 From then until his untimely death in April 2004, he lived in Powderham Castle where he was much loved by family and visitors alike Lady Gabrielle CourTimothy made his first appearance in the nation s history when he was a ship s mascot in the Crimean War in 1854 After a long naval career, he retired for a quieter life on land and was given to the Earl of Devon in 1892 From then until his untimely death in April 2004, he lived in Powderham Castle where he was much loved by family and visitors alike Lady Gabrielle Courtenay, now 91, looked after him for the second half of his life, and she recalls the great stories and escapades involving Timothy how he got drunk on azalea blossom, and how the family had to buy a special tortoise train ticket for him when they went on their holidays in the 1920s Timothy s story is not just the tale of a remarkable tortoise, it is a social history of the last century and a half Rory Knight Bruce has spoken to all those who knew him best, from the Devons to the aged retainers at the castle who looked after him He was a symbol of continuity, and this is a warm and nostalgic account of the life he lived.

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    1. This is a nice look at an unusual subject; the resident tortoise at Powderham Castle, best known to me as the location for the film of The Remains Of The Day. The author had first met him while aged four, on a visit to Timothy in the rose garden, and later returned to interview him. Timothy, a Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise, died at a great age. The tale of course has to visit all the good and famous people who owned either Timothy - since the Crimean War - or the castle - the earls of Devo [...]

    2. I'm not that interested in history or in the English aristocracy - but I am interested in all things tortoise. This book achieved a pleasing balance. It gave a great insight into the passage of history that took place during this little fellows life, and also precious glimpses of how he drifted gently through his days.

    3. A quirky book, which I found yesterday in a charity shop close to home. I bought it because, by coincidence, I had visited Powderham Castle only a week previously.I say ‘odd’ because although I quite enjoyed this easy light read, I detected a whiff that the author had been uncertain as to how exactly to pull together sufficient material to produce a coherent narrative, and how to present it for sale at £10.00. I suppose that his principle difficulty centred on the obvious: that a tortoise t [...]

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