DUNCAN, Eric (1858-1944)




Author Tags: 1850-1900, 1900-1950, Fiction, Local History

"He held thrift, oats and potatoes in equally high esteem." -- Richard Somerset Mackie, historian

Eric Duncan of Sandwick in the Comox Valley was a farmer, historian, storekeeper and poet who published in The Shetland Times, Chamber's Journal, Gems of Poetry and the Comox Argus. He claimed his rhymes were "not the rose-tinted reveries of a rusticated rhapsodist, but the regular, rough reminiscences of a real rancher." Even though Duncan was raised a Scottish Presbyterian, he chose membership in the St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Sandwick because the service was closest to the Lutheran service to which his Swedish wife had been accustomed. A University of Victoria scholarship is given annually in his name to a deserving student from northern Vancouver Island. Motor cars were said to be the bane of his existence.

BOOKS:

Rural Rhymes and the Sheep Thief (Montreal: William Briggs or C.W. Coates, 1896)

The Rich Fishermen and Other Tales (London: Century Press, 1910; Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1932)

Fifty-Seven Years in the Comox Valley (Courtenay: The Comox Argus Co. Ltd., 1934)

From Shetland to Vancouver Island: Recollections of Seventy-Eight Years (Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1934; 1937; revised 1939)

[BCBW 2004] "Local History" "Fiction" "Ranching"