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The `Pets' of Eliza Brightwen

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Eliza Brightwen refers to great numbers of her `pets' in her books, and devotes whole chapters to them, but so many were not pets as we now, or others of her day would know as being pets. True, many of the animals she raised to observe lived with her in The Grove house, but it seems that, to Eliza Brightwen, any animal that occupied residence within the confines of The Grove estate was given a name and became a `pet'. Listed here, together with some pictures, are Eliza's other `pets', and creatures kept at The Grove.
 

Bray the Donkey.Rab the Scotch terrierOne pet that Eliza had, when she was a little girl, living with her Aunt and Uncle, was Bray the donkey. Another pet, at The Grove, was a Scotch terrier dog she named Rab, who nearly lost his live defending The Grove from burglars.
 
 

Dick the Starling, raised from an unfledged orphan - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Richard the Second, a starling, raised from an unfledged orphan and taught to speak - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Verdant, a greenfinch, raised from an unfledged orphan - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Bully, a bullfinch- Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Tiny, Sir Francis Drake & Luther, 3 wild ducklings, the only survivors from a clutch of 8 eggs raised by a hen on The Grove farm- Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Birdie, a Virginian nightingale, given to Eliza by a relative-- Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Zoe, a nuthatch, purchased from a bird dealer - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Blanche, a pigeon, one of a pair sent to Eliza, who, when opening the basket found that the male had escaped - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

A pair of gerbils, unnamed, obtained from the Zoological Gardens (London Zoo) - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Sancho the toad, found in the conservatory - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Roman Snails, kept in a tank and exercised on the lawn- Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Cheops, a scarab (sacred)beetle, sent by a friend from the Riviera - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Tegenaria, a large spider - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Lady, a swallow-tailed butterfly - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Bobbie, a robin, who came into the house - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Robert the Second, a robin coaxed into the house by mealworms - Wild Nature Won by Kindness.

Spectre & Phantom, two ruffed lemurs, probably from Jamrach, could not be tamed as they were not young enough, given to London Zoo - Inmates of my house and garden.

TommyPerlieTommy & Perlie, Tommy was a young ruffed lemur purchased from a travelling menagerie, Perlie, a ring-tailed lemur purchased from Bedford Conservatories in Covent Garden - Inmates of my house and garden.


 

Mungo the Mongoose.Mungo, a mongoose, sent to Eliza from a relative who lived in India, Eliza says that the chapter in her book More about Wild Nature on Mungo should have been entitled `The sorrows of a lady afflicted with a mongoose' another chapter, `Mungo, a study continued' appears in Inmates of my House and Garden.

Fairy, Sitting on Eliza's Pen.Fairy, a whitethoat, found half-fledged on The Grove lawn, raised as a pet.- Inmates of my house and garden.


Asnapper, a brown owl, found as a young owlet on The Grove estate under a rhododendron bush, raised and observed but let free when it was old enough to fend for itself. - Inmates of my house and garden.

Peace & Patience, tame doves, given to Eliza by a Stanmore villager. These two doves built a nest and raised their young in the dining room.- Inmates of my house and garden.

A Tortoise, unnamed, would carry a dove on it's back. -Inmates of my house and garden.

Impey the Bat.Simeon, a praying mantis - Inmates of my house and garden.

Katie, a shrew, caught on The Grove Estate. - Inmates of my house and garden.

Polly & Ruby, two small parrots - Inmates of my house and garden.

Impey, an Indian fruit bat, purchased from Jamrach. 
- Inmates of my house and garden.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joey The KestrelJoey The KestrelJoey, a kestrel, given by a villager from Stanmore - Inmates of my house and garden.

Sylvia, a wood-mouse or long-tailed field-mouse, found nesting in an old disused cage under the veranda. - Inmates of my house and garden.

Pixie & Pastor, two starlings taken from a nest - Inmates of my house and garden.
 

Reynard, a fox, named and observed by Eliza, not a pet, but allowed to shelter from the hunt within The Grove Estate's boundary. - Inmates of my house and garden.
 

Tiny, a red squirrel, observed and named by Eliza, but not a pet - Inmates of my house and garden.

Gloucester, a squirrel, sent to Eliza from Gloucester, let free on The Grove estate, but allowed in the house.- Quiet Hours With Nature

Darby & JoanJerboas, a pair of Egyptian jerboas, unnamed, kept for some years in the conservatory and allowed in the house. - Quiet Hours With Nature

Darby & Joan, two voles caught on the estate, kept in a glass case, raised their own family and set free. - Quiet Hours With Nature

Merops, a rook, not a house guest, but observed by Eliza, as he mainly stayed in view on and around the lawn. When Merops found a mate, they were observed as Mr & Mrs Merops and family. - Quiet Hours With Nature

Bobbie the Barn OwlBobbie, a tame barn owl, given to Eliza, kept in an outdoor aviary in the summer, and the conservatory in the winter. Bobbie the Barn OwlBobbie was given the opportunity to fly free, but never wished to leave his cages. - Quiet Hours With Nature

Jack, a jackdaw, a free bird who entered The Grove house by window or door, made his home in the outdoor aviary. - Quiet Hours With Nature

Anchor, a stag-beetle, sent to Eiza by post. - Quiet Hours With Nature

Sancho The Second, an Italian toad, sent to Eliza, kept in a case in a quiet room in The Grove house.- Last Hours With Nature.

Nedo, a female badger, kept in a cage on The Grove Farm.- Last Hours With Nature.

Parsee, a locust, found in a cauliflower and kept and observed for thirteen months.- Last Hours With Nature.