Sir John Lubbock and His Pet Wasp – He Was a Wasp Good and True!

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We were watching a TV programme on BBC4 last night about preserving heritage in the UK, and learned from this programme that Sir John Lubbock (a leading figure in the heritage movement during the Victorian and Edwardian eras) had a pet wasp.

So, well, we were quite struck by this story.

I mean, we’ve sometimes seen them in pet shop windows before, but have never gone in to ask if they make good pets, how much they cost, will they get on okay with the cat and dog, etc.

But as we’re always keen to check facts, we thought we’d do a quick search in the Archive for a story about Sir John and his wasp – just to make sure it’s not a “shaggy wasp’s tale”.

Lo and behold, we found this newspaper story from 1898 about Sir John’s pet wasp.

Hmm, now we just need to find out what his name was (the wasp, that is)…

newspaper report about john lubbock and his pet wasp|

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 08 October 1898


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4 Responses to “Sir John Lubbock and His Pet Wasp – He Was a Wasp Good and True!”

JoannaJune 10th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

The family hailed from Lammas in Norfolk and Sir John called his house in Chislehurst, 1861, after the village. This is the Sir John Lubbock who introduced bank holidays to this country amongst many other achievements. He also trained his dog to read!

The British Newspaper ArchiveJune 10th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Hi Joanna,
Thanks for this.
Please excuse me while I pick myself back up from the floor…
Um, he taught his dog to read?!

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