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Parson John (Jack) Russell- Dog Breeder 1795 - 1883

Ever wondered why Jack Russell dogs tavistock bed breakfast are called Jack Russells?

The answer can be found right here in Devon, where the breed's creator was born and lived most of his life.

John - also known as Jack (obviously!) - Russell was born in tavistock bed breakfast Dartmouth in 1795. Following his university days in Oxford, he returned to the county to work as a churchman in North Devon.

As a youngster, he loved to hunt, and he became obsessed with the notion of finding a hard working breed of terrier which could flush out the fox.

Which is why he found himself acquiring his first terrier from a milkman while he was studying at Oxford in around 1815...and the dog in question was called Trump.

The story goes that Trump was crossed with a Devon hunt terrier to create the Jack Russell breed - also known as a Parson Terrier.

Parson Russell is still remembered fondly at Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, where he was vicar from 1832 after moving from his previous post of curate at Iddesleigh.

The parson - who was a founder member of the Kennel Club in 1873 - died in 1883 and his body is buried in the church yard at St James Church, Swimbridge.

The village has a pub called the Jack Russell Inn, and its sign is a reproduction of a painting of Trump which was commissioned by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). The original still hangs at Sandringham.

These days, Jack Russell dogs are hugely popular pets - as can be seen by the photographs sent in by viewers to our Pets Gallery.

Captain Scott - Explorer 1868-1912

Robert Falcon Scott was born in Plymouth - and is nowadays referred to simply as "Scott of the Antarctic."

Born in 1868, the former Royal Navy captain became a national hero when he set the new "furthest south" record with his expedition to Antarctica on Discovery in 1901-1904.

He came within 410 miles of the South Pole with his colleagues Dr Edward Wilson and Ernest Shackleton - the latter eventually launched his own expeditions after differences with Scott.

Scott tried again to reach the South Pole, and left the UK in 1910 on board the Terra Nova.

Among those with him were paying guests - including army officer, Captain Lawrence Oates.

They arrived in Antarctica in 11th January 1911. But their mechanical sledges failed due to the cold, and the ponies had to be shot because they could not survive the weather.

In the meantime, Norwegian explorer Raold Amundsen was also on his way to the South Pole.

With his dogs pulling the sledges, he made rapid progress. His party reached the Pole in December 1911.

Scott's five man team were oblivious to what had happened - and they were running short of essential supplies.

But they reached the Pole on 17th January 1912 - only to find that they'd been beaten to it by a month.

The question now was: could the men get back to their base? They were suffering from starvation, hypothermia and other illnesses.

One by one, they started to succumb to their ailments. Petty Officer Evans was the first to die.

Then Captain Oates walked out of the party's tent on his 32nd birthday in March 1912 - and delivered one of the most famous parting lines in history.

Captain Scott made a note in his diary of Oates' last words: "I am just going outside and may be some time." He never came back.

With a blizzard raging outside, the remaining three men could do nothing but wait for the inevitable - yet they were only 11 miles away from a fuel and food depot.

Scott wrote in his diary: "We shall stick it out till the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity but I do not think I can write more."

Scott's reputation has taken a bit of a battering in recent times, with some historians labelling him foolhardy and a bungler.

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