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In December of 1824, Waterton returned home from his Fourth Wandering, and his Wanderings in South America were published in 1825. Thereafter, his travels were confined to Europe with a journey, slightly further afield, to Madeira in 1845 with his sisters-in-law.

He settled into his life as a country squire, a dabbler in political debate, a father, an author (his Essays), a campaigner fighting against pollution in his home village, the running of Walton Park ("Waterton Park" as it is often called today) and a traveller on the Continent.

His wandering days were at an end - but his interest in life most certainly was not, and his status as a celebrity was assured.

Charles WatertonIn 1824, the Squire's portrait was painted by Charles Willson Peale. Read more about the painting and the artist.

A poacher entrapped by the Squire.

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HeadstoneThe headstone of Mary Joyce, the Faithful Servant. Read more. Click here to read more.The Noctifier.
Waterton had some strong views on political issues of the day. His views were sometimes represented by his own creations, or those created by Nature with his help.
Funeral for a FriendWhen Father Glover, a Jesuit priest, became ill, Charles Waterton and his household cared for him at Walton Hall. Father Glover died there on 31st May 1849. Waterton wrote his obituary and arranged for his interment in the Waterton Chapel in St. Helen's, Sandal Magna. Click the image to read the obituary. Down's Zoological GardensAndrew Downs
(One of Waterton's visitors.)
A naturalist, ornithologist, and taxidermist.
(b. 27 Sept. 1811 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. d. 26 Aug 1892 in Halifax, Novia Scotia).
In 1847, Downs established what became known as his zoological gardens. His collection of wild life was supplemented by donations arranged by British Army personnel, importations from the Zoological Society of London, and Downs’s own work during three European trips in 1862, 1864 (when he visited English naturalist Charles Waterton), and 1867.
(Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography, site accessed 29 May 2017.)

[The Halifax Zoological Gardens were] at their best in the years 1864 to 1868. As a tribute to Charles Waterton of Walton Hall, Yorks., his "worthy master in ornithology," whose Wanderings in South America he found to be of absorbing interest, and whose home he visited in 1864, Andrew Downs named his own charming residence Walton Cottage. As Waterton "would sooner be in the woods than in the finest palace in Europe", so likewise Downs preferred the country to "all the pleasure and grandeur of the town.
(Source: Montezuma's Successor: Andrew Downs of Halifax, Dalhousie Review, Volume 27, Number 3, 1947.7. Read the full document (PDF), external link accessed 29 May 2017.)

■ See also CBC News, Nova Scotia. Halifax's first zoo is well-kept secret of Fairmount history.
By Phlis McGregor, CBC News, Nova Scotia, 04 Sep 2015.
[Site accessed 29 May 2017.]

"Mr. Waterton was, during his whole life, anxiously punctual and extremely exact in all his pecuniary transactions, ever having the greatest horror of being in debt." (Richard Hobson).
More about the Squire and his finances.
Joseph Wolff
(One of Waterton's visitors.)
'That Sublime Vagabond' meets 'A White Man From Yorkshire'. Read more.

Fine dining at the Hall.
The Waterton household had some fine crockery - this plate is one of the exhibits at Wakefield Museum in Wakefield One.
Many of the exhibits are on loan from Stonyhurst College.
■ See also Experience Wakefield.
[Websites accessed 12 Nov 2017.]


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