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[[File:P613158.jpg|thumb|B.N.Peach.  Photograph taken c.1912. (A.G. Stenhouse). BGS Photo P613158.]]
 
 
[[File:P575813.jpg|thumb|B.N.Peach. Probably c.1862 when he first joined the Geological Survey,aged 19. BGS photo P575813.]]
 
 
 
== Benjamin Neeve Peach - biographical information ==
 
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| 1926 || Obituary - Benjamin Neeve Peach. Born 6th September 1842, died 29th January 1926. Geologists Magazine. Whole Series. v. 63 p.187-190. 1926
 
| 1926 || Obituary - Benjamin Neeve Peach. Born 6th September 1842, died 29th January 1926. Geologists Magazine. Whole Series. v. 63 p.187-190. 1926
 
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| 1928 || Greenly, Edward, Benjamin Neeve Peach: a study. [Obituary.]. Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society. v. 12 p.1-11. 1928
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| 1928 || Greenly, Edward., . Benjamin Neeve Peach: a study. [Obituary.]. Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society. v. 12 p.1-11. 1928
 
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| 1926 || Proceedings Royal Society (1926) (B.C.)
 
| 1926 || Proceedings Royal Society (1926) (B.C.)
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| 1926 || Geological Magazine (1926) p. 187
 
| 1926 || Geological Magazine (1926) p. 187
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| 2015 ||[http://edinburghgeolsoc.org/eg_pdfs/issue57_peach.pdf Benjamin Neeve Peach (1842-1926)]John Mendum and Anne Burgess Edinburgh Geologist No 57
 
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== Photographs ==
 
 
A gallery of portraits and group photographs with Ben Peach in can be found on [http://geoscenic.bgs.ac.uk/asset-bank/action/quickSearch?CSRF=LsEzhK6XNQqFhPurfBgQ&newSearch=true&quickSearch=true&includeImplicitCategoryMembers=true&keywords=peach+portrait GeoScenic]
 
 
A gallery of his drawings and paintings can also be found on [http://geoscenic.bgs.ac.uk/asset-bank/action/browseItems?categoryId=1428 GeoScenic].
 
 
[[File:P612884.jpg|600px|Stack of Glencoul - watercolour sketch by Ben Peach]]
 
 
== Archives ==
 
A brief listing of Ben Peach related archives held at BGS. Also consult  the [https://www.bgs.ac.uk/services/NGDC/records/archive.html BGS Archives online catalogue]
 
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
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| LSA/236 || Strathpeffer mineral water supply, report by Peach and Horne.
 
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| LSA/361.2.059 || Ben Peach - a Fishy Ditty. A song written in recognition of B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/361.1.075 || Lesmahagow in the olden time by B.N. Peach. This is a drawing in ink of two crustaceans wearing clothes meeting. The male is doffing his cap while the female curtsies.
 
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| LSA/361.1.005 || The Merrick, a song composed and performed by B.N. Peach at the Annual Dinner of 16th February 1869.
 
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| LSA/361.1.047 || A charcoal and colour drawing of a courting couple walking in the country. Caption reads Oh! happy love when love like this is found.
 
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| LSA/361.1.045 || A drawing of a boat containing three men out at sea during rough weather, one of the men is being very ill over the side of the boat. The caption reads Jas. Craik proceeding to geologize the big and wee scones! Drawn by B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/361.1.076 || A pencil drawing of a small dog running away from the butchers shop with sausages in its mouth hotly pursued by the Butcher, a passerby looks on. The drawing was done by B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/361.1.057 || A pencil drawing of the profile of a woman entitled His ideal by B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/361.1.038 || A watercolour painting of a flock of sheep on a wooded hillside.
 
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| LSA/361.1.046 || An ink drawing of Loch Doon by B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/361.1.052 || An ink drawing of some apes and monkeys. The main character is sitting smoking a pipe while another is preening him. The sketch is named Men and brethren and was drawn by B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/361.1.048 || An ink drawing of two mice relaxing unaware that a cat is watching them. Caption read  Where ignorance is blind. Drawn by B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/151.1 || Arthurs seat geological map by B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/151.2 || Calton Hill geological map by B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/328 || Highland and Southern Upland structures and movements, notes on.
 
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| LSA/167 || Highland border rocks, Southern Upland structures, ms.
 
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| LSA/361.1.019 || Ink and colour wash painting of cliffs meeting the sea.
 
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| LSA/361.2.005 || Ink caricature of B.N. Peach.
 
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| GSM1/320 || Letters from A. Geikie.
 
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| GSM1/447 || Letters from A. Strahan.
 
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| GSM1/420 || Letters from A.C. Ramsay.
 
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| GSM1/382 || Letters from A.I. MacConnochie.
 
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| GSM1/520 || Letters from C. Lapworth.
 
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| GSM1/335 || Letters from C.E. Hawkins.
 
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| GSM1/272 || Letters from C.T. Clough.
 
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| GSM1/527 || Letters from C.W. Peach.
 
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| GSM1/354 || Letters from D.R. Irvine.
 
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| GSM1/246 || Letters from E. Anderson.
 
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| GSM1/255 || Letters from E. Best.
 
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| GSM1/398 || Letters from E. Newton.
 
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| GSM1/251 || Letters from G. Barrow.
 
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| GSM1/392 || Letters from H. Miller (Jun).
 
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| GSM1/478 || Letters from H.B. Woodward.
 
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| GSM1/347 || Letters from H.H. Howell.
 
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| GSM1/265 || Letters from H.M. Cadell.
 
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| GSM1/441 || Letters from H.M. Skae.
 
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| GSM1/254 || Letters from J. Bennie.
 
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| GSM1/278 || Letters from J. Croll.
 
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| GSM1/321 || Letters from J. Geikie.
 
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| GSM1/345 || Letters from J. Horne.
 
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| GSM1/377 || Letters from J. Linn.
 
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| GSM1/337 || Letters from J.B. Hill.
 
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| GSM1/463 || Letters from J.C. Ward.
 
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| GSM1/492 || Letters from J.F. Blake.
 
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| GSM1/325 || Letters from J.G. Goodchild.
 
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| GSM1/452 || Letters from J.J.H. Teall.
 
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| GSM1/284 || Letters from J.R. Dakyns.
 
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| GSM1/476 || Letters from J.S.G. Wilson.
 
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| GSM1/338 || Letters from L.W. Hinxman.
 
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| GSM1/384 || Letters from M. MacGregor.
 
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| GSM1/495 || Letters from P.B. Brodie.
 
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| GSM1/306 || Letters from R. Etheridge.
 
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| GSM1/350 || Letters from R. Hunt.
 
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| GSM1/519 || Letters from R. Kidston.
 
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| GSM1/380 || Letters from R. Lunn.
 
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| GSM1/540 || Letters from R.H. Traquair.
 
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| GSM1/355 || Letters from R.L. Jack.
 
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| GSM1/422 || Letters from T. Reeks.
 
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| GSM1/407 || Letters from various friends and colleagues.
 
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| GSM1/330 || Letters from W. Gunn.
 
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| GSM1/458 || Letters from W. Traill.
 
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| GSM1/445 || Letters from W.J. Sollas.
 
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| GSM1/248 || Letters from W.T. Aveline.
 
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| GSM1/407 || Letters to J. Horne, J.S. Flett, J. Geikie and others.
 
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| LSA/327 || Lewisian rocks affected by post-Cambrian movements, ts paper.
 
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| IGS1/602 || Manuscript on anthropods, geology and glaciation of Scotland.
 
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| GSM1/8 || Minutes on his appointment.
 
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| LSA/329 || Moine schists, origin of the: ts paper by B.N. Peach.
 
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| IGS1/1221 || Notices of election to learned societies.
 
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| LSA/31 || Orkneys field map, holiday work by B.N. Peach and J.Horne.
 
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| GSM2/512 || Papers about the Peach and Horne memorial.
 
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| LSA/126 || Peach, B.N., field notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
 
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| LSA/361.2.013 || Photograph of B.N. Peach and J. Horne on board ship in 1910.
 
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| LSA/361.1.096 || Photograph of B.N. Peach and J. Horne studying rocks.
 
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| LSA/361.2.029 || Photograph of the entire party of the Assynt Excursion, taken outside the Inchnadamph Hotel during September 1912. Excursion of the British Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting held in Dundee.
 
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| LSA/361.2.028 || Photograph of the Scottish Survey Officers outside the Inchnadamph Hotel, while taking part in the Assynt Excursion led by B.N.  Peach and J. Horne during September 1912. Excursion of the British Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting held in
 
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| LSA/361.2.004 || Photograph taken of B.N. Peach, about 1912 by A.G. Stenhouse and presented to the Survey.
 
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| IGS1/639 || Photograph.
 
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| IGS1/843 || Poem about him.
 
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| LSA/5 || Scotland one-inch sheet 39 explanation by B.N. Peach.
 
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| LSA/6 || Scotland one-inch sheets 30, 38, 39, 40 and 47 sections and explanation.
 
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| LSA/69.5 || Stirling and Clackmannan vertical sections.
 
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| LSA/361.2.025 || The Assynt Excursion conducted by B.N. Peach and J. Horne from 11th to 18th September 1912 for the British Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting held in Dundee. This entry in a diary of events and travels over the week while on excursion.
 
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| LSA/361.1.018 || Water colour painting by B.N. Peach of Quinag.
 
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| LSA/361.1.020 || Water colour painting of a landscape showing hills and loch.
 
 
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== B. N. Peach, A.R.S.M., LL.D., F.R.S.,* President 1905-1908. ==
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== Ben Peach's Scotland, Landscape sketches by a Victorian geologist ==
 
 
'''Extract from: History of the Geological Society of Glasgow 1858-1908, with biographical notes of prominent members. Glasgow: Published by the Society, 1908.  (Public domain, copied from the Internet Archive)'''
 
 
 
I was born on 6th September, 1842, at Gorran Haven, a fishing village about three miles from Mevagissey, on the south coast of Cornwall. It was while stationed at Gorran Haven as an officer in the Coastguard that my father, the late Charles William Peach, discovered Lower Silurian fossils in the quartzites there that fixed the geological horizon of those rocks. My father having been transferred to H.M. Customs at Fowey, at the age of two I went with my parents to live at Fowey, a lovely place situated at the mouth of the Fowey River, a little further east than Gorran, and which has now become quite a fashionable resort. During the five years I lived there I sometimes accompanied my father and brothers while they were collecting fossils from the Devonian rocks, and can well remember two localities one, Punches Cross, at the mouth of Fowey Harbour, which yielded compressed specimens of a trilobite, Phacops, and the casts of pretty little shells, which I now know to belong to the genus BelleropTion. I also remember a cove situated about half-way between Fowey and Looe, where fragments of fish were to be seen in the pebbles of lustrous phyllites that make up the beach. (These fish remains have been determined as belonging to Pteraspis.)
 
 
 
Being promoted to Peterhead in 1849, my father went there, leaving us (my mother and the family) at Fowey till the spring of 1850, when we joined him. At Peterhead I began the rudiments of my education at the Academy there. Another kind of education I got also, as I soon came to know the contents of nearly every rockpool along the shore for miles. Among other things, I can remember the finding of the nests of the "Horsefish" (local name for the fifteen-spined stickleback), and frequently found the male "Paddle cock" (as the lump sucker, Cyclopterus lumpus, is called there) stuck to the rock beside the lump of spawn deposited by his consort. My father at this time took up the collecting of algae very keenly, so that I became acquainted with the commoner species and some of the rarer ones. Under the guidance of Thomas Hutton, an employee of the Customs, who was a keen and expert boatman, fisherman, and cragsman, I was initiated into the secrets of the nesting places of sea fowl that frequent the rocky coast for some miles south of Buchan Ness, by Slains, Errol, and the Bullers of Buchan, and the Stack of Dunhuy. This is a favourite breeding station of innumerable gulls, guillemots, razorbills, puffins, and cormorants, as well as other birds. Under Hutton's care I soon developed a climbing head, and paid visits to the sitting birds on their ledges and in their burrows, and my fingers made practical acquaintance with the sharpness of the puffins' bills.
 
 
 
My wonder was powerfully excited by the fact that the granite, which is the prevailing rock at Peterhead, remained hard or only broke up into shingle on the exposed coast, while in the sheltered harbour I saw it being dug out with the spade when the harbour was being deepened, the disposition of the minerals in the soft mass plainly showing that the rock had rotted in place.
 
 
 
At the age of ten I left Peterhead and proceeded with my father and the rest to Wick, to which place he had been promoted. Here my education was continued at Wick Academy (founded by the "British Fisheries' Society"), and to the rector of the Academy, Patrick Smith, M.A., now deceased, I am indebted for a great deal more than mere book-learning. On the retirement of Mr. Smith I left school and went into a lawyer's office for a year, being too young to matriculate at the School of Mines, where my father, having been induced by Sir R. I. Murchison, resolved to send me with a view to my subsequent joining the Geological Survey.
 
 
 
Sir Roderick Murchison, at the time of his visits to Caithness on the occasion of my father's discovery of Lower Silurian fossils of American facies in the Durness limestone, had observed the keen interest I took in my father's hunting for material for studying the marine zoology of Caithness, and also the finding of fossil fishes from the Caithness flagstones.
 
 
 
I had also collected material from the broughs and "Picts' houses" near Wick, and was fortunate enough to find a special type of weaving comb and some stone vessels now in the Antiquarian Museum, Edinburgh.
 
 
 
In 1859 I joined the Government School of Mines, then housed in the Museum of Practical Geology, 28 Jermyn Street, London, and came under the immediate influence and teaching of that brilliant band of illustrious men who then constituted the staff, viz., Sir R. I. Murchison, A. C. Ramsay, Huxley, Tyndall, Stokes, Hoffman, Warrington Smyth, Percy, and Salter, all now gone over to the majority, and of Sir A. Geikie, who afterwards became my chief while he was Director-General of the Geological Survey, and who, as President of the Royal Society, now holds the highest post to which a man of science can attain in our country.
 
 
 
My subsequent career is briefly sketched by my old colleague, Dr. John Horne, whose friendship has been one of the greatest acquisitions of my life.
 
 
 
[The next two paragraphs are taken from an article by Dr. Horne in the Geological Magazine, 1906.]
 
 
 
"In September last B. N. Peach, F.R.S., retired from the Geological Survey, after a period of forty-three years' service. Joining the staff in 1862 as assistant geologist, after a distinguished career at the Eoyal School of Mines, he was engaged for the first few months in determining Carboniferous fossils from the county of Fife under Salter's supervision in the London office.<ref>28 Jermyn Street. Museum of Practical Geology.</ref> When favourable opportunities presented themselves during his subsequent career, he pursued this branch of research with keen fascination, impelled by the instinct of the naturalist, which he inherited from his gifted father. In the same year he was attached to the field staff in Scotland, then under the direction of Sir Andrew Eamsay, and in 1867 he was appointed geologist when a separate staff was organised for the northern part of the kingdom, under the directorship of Sir Archibald Geikie. Throughout his long career it has fallen to his lot to take a prominent part in mapping all the palaeozoic formations in Scotland, together with large areas of crystalline schists of the Highlands. In particular, the detailed work in the complicated region in the West of Sutherland and Ross was carried out under his immediate supervision. It is within the mark to state that no other geologist has acquired such a thorough mastery of the details of Scottish geology, exclusive of the rocks of Secondary and Tertiary age.
 
 
 
"In 1879, after Mr. Etheridge, jun., had joined the geological department of the British Museum under Dr. H. Woodward, F.R.S., Dr. Peach, in addition to his field duties, was appointed Acting Palaeontologist on the Scottish staff. He was thus furnished with opportunities which he had long in view. He devoted special attention to the palaeozoic arthropoda, and, in addition to his purely official work, he published papers in the Transactions of the Royal Society, Edinburgh; the Geological Society, London; and the Royal Physical Society, Edinburgh. Among these papers we may particularly mention those dealing with the fossil scorpions of the Carboniferous and Silurian rocks of Scotland, and with the fauna of the Olenellus zone of the North-West Highlands. But the incessant demands of field work prevented him from carrying on his investigations as fully as he had hoped."
 
 
 
My retirement from the Geological Survey on 6th September, 1905, gave me the desired leisure, and I have been enabled to work at my favourite subject. On the 28th October of this year (1908) there has been published as one of the "Memoirs of the Geological Survey" a monograph on the Higher Crustacea of the Carboniferous Rocks of Scotland, in which I describe forty species and varieties of Schizopods, twenty-three of which are new. The monograph is illustrated by twelve plates of figures reproduced from my own drawings by the collotype process. For the purposes of the memoir, I have examined over 2000 specimens belonging to the Geological Survey, as well as other collections, having made use, among others, of those made by our own fellows, viz., Mr. Dunlop and the late James Coutts, to each of whom I dedicate a species.
 
 
 
Among the published results of my Survey work may be mentioned my share in the "Monograph on the Silurian Rocks of the South of Scotland" and "General Memoirs, North-West Highlands"
 
 
 
I may say that I am prouder of my A.R.S.M. (Associate of the Royal School of Mines) than of any other of the distinctions that have been conferred on me.
 
 
 
B. N. P.
 
 
 
The contributions of Dr. Peach to our Transactions are as follows:
 
 
 
"The Cambrian Fauna of the North-West Highlands." (Summary.) Vol. xii., p. 223.
 
 
 
"Notes on a Specimen of Glyptoscorpius from the Coal Measures of Airdrie." Vol. xiii., pp. 1-3.
 
 
 
<references />
 
 
 
== Ben Peach's Scotland, landscape sketches by a Victorian geologist ==
 
  
 
This text is derived from the booklet written by Angela Anderson and published by the Institute of Geological Sciences, 1970.
 
This text is derived from the booklet written by Angela Anderson and published by the Institute of Geological Sciences, 1970.
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While this is an unnecessarily harsh judgement on Peach and ignores his capacity for meticulous and detailed work (as, for example, his Monograph on Higher Crustacea of 1908) it must be admitted that it was Horne who actually wrote the Memoirs and it is quite possible that Peach, left to himself, would never have written up his work at all! Horne, in fact, was the ideal complement to Peach. He had a logical mind and was a careful, accurate and systematic worker. Though lacking Peach’s imagination he had the capacity to organize the mapping programme and write up the memoirs afterwards.
 
While this is an unnecessarily harsh judgement on Peach and ignores his capacity for meticulous and detailed work (as, for example, his Monograph on Higher Crustacea of 1908) it must be admitted that it was Horne who actually wrote the Memoirs and it is quite possible that Peach, left to himself, would never have written up his work at all! Horne, in fact, was the ideal complement to Peach. He had a logical mind and was a careful, accurate and systematic worker. Though lacking Peach’s imagination he had the capacity to organize the mapping programme and write up the memoirs afterwards.
 
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=== Northwest Highlands ===
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== Northwest Highlands ===
  
 
Peach and Horne, who worked together for forty years, first went to the Northwest Highlands, the scene of their most famous work, in 1883. Peach was then forty years old. They were sent by Archibald Geikie to resolve a long standing controversy about the structure of the area. Murchison had believed that the fossiliferous Cambro-Ordovician Durness Limestone passed conformably upwards into the ‘Eastern’ schists of which a large part of the Northern Highlands are formed. Nicol was the main exponent of the opposition and pointed out that the metamorphosed schists must be older than the unmetamorphosed limestones and that the junction was a steep fault. Since it could easily be demonstrated in the field that the junction is almost horizontal, Murchison’s views were held to be correct. In 1883 both Calloway and Lapworth suggested that the junction was a low-angle tectonic thrust, and this idea was now being given serious consideration by Geikie. It was during their first season of field mapping in the region round Durness and Eriboll that Peach recorded the true situation. Instead of the simple conformity which Murchison had suggested, there were gigantic structures of a kind never before encountered in the British Isles. The Eastern (Moine) Schists had been thrust westwards by a series of large-scale low-angled faults over the unmoved foreland rocks of ancient Lewisian gneiss and their cover of Late Precambrian Torridonian sandstone and Cambro-Ordovician limestones. During this process a series of smaller faults (imbricate structures) had been produced en-echelon in the underlying foreland and cover rocks. The thrust zone was eventually traced in the field from Eriboll to Skye. These well exposed structures now seem easily recognizable, but it was perhaps the most spectacular discovery of all time in British geology. By 1884 Murchison’s views on the succession had to be abandoned in view of the rapidly accumulating evidence against them. Peach was somewhat reluctant to overturn Murchison’s theory, for he felt a debt of gratitude to Murchison and greatly respected the old man.
 
Peach and Horne, who worked together for forty years, first went to the Northwest Highlands, the scene of their most famous work, in 1883. Peach was then forty years old. They were sent by Archibald Geikie to resolve a long standing controversy about the structure of the area. Murchison had believed that the fossiliferous Cambro-Ordovician Durness Limestone passed conformably upwards into the ‘Eastern’ schists of which a large part of the Northern Highlands are formed. Nicol was the main exponent of the opposition and pointed out that the metamorphosed schists must be older than the unmetamorphosed limestones and that the junction was a steep fault. Since it could easily be demonstrated in the field that the junction is almost horizontal, Murchison’s views were held to be correct. In 1883 both Calloway and Lapworth suggested that the junction was a low-angle tectonic thrust, and this idea was now being given serious consideration by Geikie. It was during their first season of field mapping in the region round Durness and Eriboll that Peach recorded the true situation. Instead of the simple conformity which Murchison had suggested, there were gigantic structures of a kind never before encountered in the British Isles. The Eastern (Moine) Schists had been thrust westwards by a series of large-scale low-angled faults over the unmoved foreland rocks of ancient Lewisian gneiss and their cover of Late Precambrian Torridonian sandstone and Cambro-Ordovician limestones. During this process a series of smaller faults (imbricate structures) had been produced en-echelon in the underlying foreland and cover rocks. The thrust zone was eventually traced in the field from Eriboll to Skye. These well exposed structures now seem easily recognizable, but it was perhaps the most spectacular discovery of all time in British geology. By 1884 Murchison’s views on the succession had to be abandoned in view of the rapidly accumulating evidence against them. Peach was somewhat reluctant to overturn Murchison’s theory, for he felt a debt of gratitude to Murchison and greatly respected the old man.
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=== Retirement ===
 
=== Retirement ===
 
[[File:P585013.jpg|thumb|Ben Peach. BGS photo P585013.]]
 
  
 
Peach retired from the Geological Survey in September 1905 after serving for forty-three years. His retirement gave him time to pursue at his leisure a line of research that had always fascinated him since his early days with Huxley at the Royal School of Mines – the technical description and illustration of fossils, and in particular the Scottish Carboniferous crustaceans. Peach was a very competent palaeontologist, a fact that tends to be overshadowed by his more famous Highland work. It was he who identified most of the fossils in the Survey Memoirs, the most notable being the Lower Cambrian tribolite fauna of the Northwest Highlands and it was to be eighty years before they were redescribed. His friend and colleague Edward Greenly records how, even in the euphoric days of the Moine Thrust discovery, Peach had growled, ‘but give me something that has once been alive!’
 
Peach retired from the Geological Survey in September 1905 after serving for forty-three years. His retirement gave him time to pursue at his leisure a line of research that had always fascinated him since his early days with Huxley at the Royal School of Mines – the technical description and illustration of fossils, and in particular the Scottish Carboniferous crustaceans. Peach was a very competent palaeontologist, a fact that tends to be overshadowed by his more famous Highland work. It was he who identified most of the fossils in the Survey Memoirs, the most notable being the Lower Cambrian tribolite fauna of the Northwest Highlands and it was to be eighty years before they were redescribed. His friend and colleague Edward Greenly records how, even in the euphoric days of the Moine Thrust discovery, Peach had growled, ‘but give me something that has once been alive!’
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== Ben Peach — a fishy ditty ==
 
== Ben Peach — a fishy ditty ==
 
(Sung at the 1929 Edinburgh Geologists Annual Dinner)
 
(Sung at the 1929 Edinburgh Geologists Annual Dinner)
 
  
 
D’ye ken Ben Peach with his shoulders broad
 
D’ye ken Ben Peach with his shoulders broad
 
 
His dimpled cheeks and his smiling nod
 
His dimpled cheeks and his smiling nod
 
 
D’ye ken Ben Peach with his reel and his rod
 
D’ye ken Ben Peach with his reel and his rod
 
 
As he starts for the loch in the morning.
 
As he starts for the loch in the morning.
  
 
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Chorus
'''Chorus'''
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For the whirr of his reel brought the fishes from their bed
 
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And the swish of his line high over his head
''For the whirr of his reel brought the fishes from their bed''
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As they hurried up in shoals to be all struck dead
 
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By a wave of his wand in the morning.
''And the swish of his line high over his head''
 
 
 
''As they hurried up in shoals to be all struck dead''
 
 
 
''By a wave of his wand in the morning.''
 
 
 
  
 
Yes, I ken Ben Peach and Jock Scott too
 
Yes, I ken Ben Peach and Jock Scott too
 
 
The mallard wing and the black Zulu
 
The mallard wing and the black Zulu
 
 
You should see Ben Peach on Loch Kylesku
 
You should see Ben Peach on Loch Kylesku
 
 
With a shark on his line in the morning.
 
With a shark on his line in the morning.
  
 
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Chorus..... For etc
'''Chorus..... For etc'''
 
 
 
  
 
He lived at Durness for many a day
 
He lived at Durness for many a day
 
 
By the big cave of Smoo at Sango Bay
 
By the big cave of Smoo at Sango Bay
 
 
And was once nearly slain in a furious fray
 
And was once nearly slain in a furious fray
 
 
With a Frenchman at one in the morning.
 
With a Frenchman at one in the morning.
  
 
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Chorus..... For etc
'''Chorus..... For etc'''
 
 
 
  
 
He hunted for old crabs in the Cave of Smoo
 
He hunted for old crabs in the Cave of Smoo
 
 
And for beasties long hidden from the public view
 
And for beasties long hidden from the public view
 
 
Though pickled well in lime all too hard to stew
 
Though pickled well in lime all too hard to stew
 
 
For his breakfast the following morning.
 
For his breakfast the following morning.
  
 
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'''Chorus..... For etc'''
 
 
 
  
 
He tried camp life on wild Ben More
 
He tried camp life on wild Ben More
 
 
But the skies shed tears in a solid steady pour
 
But the skies shed tears in a solid steady pour
 
 
So he curled up on the floor, and gave a solemn snore
 
So he curled up on the floor, and gave a solemn snore
 
 
Till seventeen o'clock in the morning.
 
Till seventeen o'clock in the morning.
  
 
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'''Chorus..... For etc'''
 
 
 
  
 
And at last he landed many a degree
 
And at last he landed many a degree
 
 
Both an F.R.S. and an LL.D.,
 
Both an F.R.S. and an LL.D.,
 
 
So here’s to the memory of B.N.P.,
 
So here’s to the memory of B.N.P.,
 
 
And the things that he caught in the morning.
 
And the things that he caught in the morning.
  
 
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[[Category:British geoscientists]]
 
[[Category:Pioneers of the British Geological Survey]]
 

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