John Henry Gurney Jr.
For a short time he worked in Messrs. Backhouse's bank at Darlington, but he spent most of his life in Norfolk. In Norfolk he was known as a landowner and country gentleman. He took a prominent part in local religious and philanthropic work.
His father, John Henry Gurney Sr, although a politician was probably best known as an ornithologist. So John Henry junior was brought up from an early age to know and love birds.
Gurney gained an international reputation as an ornithologist. He was elected as a Fellow of the Zoological Society in 1868, a Member of the British Ornithologists' Union in 1870 and a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1885.
Gurney also took a keen interest in local ornithology. He was always a generous supporter of the local Wild Birds' Protection Societies. He was one of the original members of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society which was founded in March 1869.
Marriage and Family
John Henry Gurney married Margaret Jane Gurney (1851-1940) on 25 October 1876 at St Marylebone church, Westminster, London. Margaret was also his second cousin, daughter of Henry Edmund Gurney (1821-1905) and Jane née Birkbeck (1828-1888). They had a son and three daughters:
- Gerald Hudson Gurney (1880-1934)
- Agatha Gurney (1881-1937)
- Cecily Jane Gurney (1884-1958)
- Margaret Editha Gurney (1886-1981)
- Gurney, John Henry (1876). Rambles of a Naturalist in Egypt & Other Countries : with an analysis of the claims of certain foreign birds to be considered British, and other ornithological notes. London: Jarrold & Sons.
- Gurney, John Henry (1885). The House Sparrow. London: William Wesley & Son.
- Gurney, John Henry (1887). On the Misdeeds of the Sparrow. London: Gurney & Jackson.
- Gurney, John Henry (1894). Catalogue of the Birds of Prey (Accipitres and Striges), with the Number of Specimens in Norwich Museum. London: R.H. Porter.
- Gurney, John Henry (1913). The Gannet: a Bird with a History. London: Witherby.
- Gurney, John Henry (1921). Early Annals of Ornithology. London: H.F. & G. Witherby.
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John Henry Gurney Jr.
- Norfolk, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915
- Gladstone, Hugh S. (1923). "Obituary: John Henry Gurney". British Birds. 16: 240–244. The obituary is signed by H.S.G. Gladstone was a frequent contributor to the journal and was probably the author.
- H.F. Witherby (ed): British Birds. London, Witherby & Co, 1907 p.244
- London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: p89/mry1/249
- Gurney, John Henry (1866). "Sir, — On the 6th instant I shot at Teesmouth a Swallow ..." The Ibis. Series 2. 2: 423.
- "Review of The Gannet by J. H. Gurney". The Athenaeum (4492): 626. 29 November 1913.