Parker Gillmore (1835 - 1900) was a Scottish world traveller, big game hunter and later a soldier, who arrived in South Africa in 1875. He served as a captain in the British Army during the Crimean War and had wide shooting experience in North America, India, China and Africa. He was also prolific author, writing about his journeys that had taken him to dangerous parts of North America and Africa. On occasion, Parker Gillmore used the pen-name 'Ubique'.
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The Great Thirst Land: A Ride Through Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal And Kalahari Desert by Parker Gillmore (1878). In 1875 Gillmore rode an oxcart from Durban via Pietermaritzburg and Harrismith to Klerksdorp and then north to Zeerust across the Limpopo River into Matabele. He hunted zebra, giraffe, buffalo, eland, elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and antelope. He crossed the Kalahari heading south to the diamond fields at Kimberly. He discusses the interaction with tribes and Boers he met. Free eBook
On Duty: A Ride Through Hostile Africa by Parker Gillmore (1880) is the account of a journey into the interior to recruit Bechuanas in order to assist in the transport of the army. Meeting with no success and after much suffering and privation, he returned to Maritzburg to find the campaign over. Free eBook
Gun, Rod And Saddle: A Record Of Personal Experiences by Parker Gillmore (1869) is about hunting gamebirds, wildfowl, bear and deer all over the world but mostly in America - from snipe shooting to wolf coursing. It includes several fishing chapters - salmon in Japan, black and striped bass, grey mullet, brook trout and muskies, with a final chapter on artificial stocking of lakes and rivers. Free eBook
Travel, War And Shipwreck by Parker Gillmore (1880) is a novel of tales of adventure including crossing the Santa Fe Trail in the mid-nineteenth century. It was also published in the 'Boy's Own Favourites Series'. Free eBook
Through Gasa Land And The Scene Of The Portugese Aggression: The Journey Of A Hunter In Search Of Gold And Ivory by Parker Gillmore (1890) is an account of a journey through Manica, Matabele and Mashona Land, which surrounds the river Zambezi, during the author's search for big game. Free eBook
Days And Nights By The Desert by Parker Gillmore (1888) is the sequel to Gillmore's 'The Hunter's Arcadia' and is an account of a hunting trip on the fringe of the Kalahari Desert after lion, gemsbok, wild boar, zebra and a variety of antelope species. The author observes, "As the travelling in this part of the world is very rough, none but strong heavy weapons should be taken by those who propose following in my footsteps". Free eBook
Prairie And Forest: A Description Of The Game Of North America With Personal Adventures In Their Pursuit by Parker Gillmore (1874) includes chapters on big horn and Rocky Mountain sheep, bison, moose, deer, antelope, caribou, bears, wolves and foxes, wild turkey, wading birds and also three chapters on fishing salmon, bass and pickerel. Free eBook
Leaves From A Sportsman's Diary by Parker Gillmore (1893) includes chapters relating to hunting and fishing in Canada, the United States, Africa and Australia for bears, beavers, African otters, panther, elephants, salmon, partridge, buffalo, salmon, grouse and giraffes. Free eBook
A Hunter's Adventures In The Great West by Parker Gillmore (1871) is an account of hunting and fishing in Montana Territory apparently just before the discovery of precious metals there and several years before Custer and the Little Big Horn. There is a little information on the Crow Indians and includes remininscenes of other places. Free eBook
Accessible Field Sports: The Experiences Of A Sportsman in North America by Parker Gillmore (1869) includes woodcock, bear shooting and some fishing. Free eBook
All Round The World: Adventures In Europe, Asia, Africa And America by Parker Gillmore (1871) is the earlier publication of 'Adventures In Many Lands' with a different title. Free eBook
Encounters With Wild Beasts by Parker Gillmore (1881) is an account of the author's mostly own adventures wild animals. The exceptions are the tales by two of the most celebrated sportsmen in India, one being Colonel Pollock. Free eBook
The Land Of The Boer: Or Adventures In Natal, The Transvaal, Basutoland And Zululand by Parker Gillmore (c.1889) is about hunting expeditions in South Africa with much on elephant and lion hunting. Free eBook
The Amphibion's Voyage by Parker Gillmore (1885) is a boys' novel of adventure and exploration using an advanced craft capable of travelling over land and water.
Adventures Of A Young Naturalist by Lucien Biart, edited by Parker Gillmore (1875). Lucien Biart (1829 - 1897) was a French author, travel writer and doctor of medicine and this book is an account of his adventures in Mexico. Free eBook
Reptiles And Birds: A Popular Account Of The Various Orders With A Description Of The Habits And Economy Of The Most Interesting by Louis Figuier, edited by Parker Gillmore (1873) includes a section on game birds with a little on falconry, in addition to herpetology. Free eBook
Mammalia: Their Various Orders And Habits Popularly Illustrated By Typical Species by Louis Figuier, edited by Parker Gillmore (1870) Free eBook
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