Robert Hunter Memorial
Robert Hunter was born in Newburgh, Fifeshire and died at Loughton in 1897. He was lexicographer, a missionary, a geologist, and a naturalist in Aberdeen, Nagpore, Victoria Docks, Sewardstone, and Loughton. (source: RHS Bibliography).
Scottish cleric and naturalist. Worked in the Bermuda Islands and central India 1847-1855, and discovered two new minerals, hislopite and hunterite. (source: Natural History Museum)
In 1882 Hunter built his house, Forest Retreat, in Staples Road, Loughton. There is a Blue Plaque on the house - now called Forest Villa - placed by Loughton Town Council on 23 February 1997 for the centenary of his death. The inscription reads: "The Rev. Robert Hunter (1823-1897) Lexicographer and Naturalist lived here". The monument states that he died at Forest Retreat on 25th February 1897.
Photo and text: Paul Ferris 15/03/2008