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Saxicola cummingi Whitaker, 1899 (1 Viewer)

Taphrospilus

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Saxicola cummingi Whitaker, 1899 OD here and in The Ibis here
Hab. Fao, Persian Gulf (W. D. Cumming)


The Eponym Dictionary of Birds claims:
Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna cummingi Whitaker, 1899 NCR; NRM
W. D. Cumming (d.1925) was a British collector who was a telegraphist at at Fao, Iran (1876–1924). He sent several collections of birds to Sharpe and reptiles to Boulenger at the British Museum.
Again a death date but no first name?


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Walter D. Cumming (fl. 1918) British collector, telegraphist in Persian Gulf 1876-1896 (syn. Oenanthe xanthoprymna).

We can find articles like On a Collection of Birds from Fao , in the Persian Gulf . By R. Bowdler Sharpe , F.L.S. With Notes by the Collector , W. D. Cumming or Notes on a second Collection of Birds made by Mr. W. D. Cumming at Fao , in the Persian Gulf. Bo idea about the middle name nor the life dates.
 

l_raty

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"Walter" (and the details of him as a telegraphist) may come from here.

He appears to have been subsequently stationed or residing at or near Ormarra, British Baluchistan (now Ormara, Pakistan). He was abundantly cited as a source for this area by Ticehurst in 1926-27 (part 1, part 2, part 3), who called him "the late W. D. Cumming" (here, in a journal issue dated Nov 1926 here), and attributed records to him dating from up to 2 Mar 1924 (here).
 
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PScofield

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He was Curator at the McMahon Museum in Quetta.

McMahon was one of the oldest museums of the subcontinent housing important artefacts of Balochistan including items of gold, copper and silver. However, in 1935 when a high-intensity earthquake jolted Quetta and its adjoining areas on May 31, resulting in at least 30,000 casualties, the museum too was destroyed.
 

PScofield

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Yes that was his brother James William Nicol Cumming 1866–1938 who was director.

I base the idea he was a curator on the fact he was sending letters to the NHM on McMahon Museum, Quetta letterhead in 1921 and 1922


He appears to have collected 3 reed buntings on the day he died 2 Mar 1924 in Saranan (see post #2)- 1 hour by car from his home/ burial place. I think there must be a story there...
 
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