Comments by Dennis Bell in British Columbia
Mad Scientists comments
: Crosse did his research and wrote his paper in 1837, not in "the
early 20th century." He was by no means the model for Mary Shelley's
Dr. Frankenstein -- her book was published 20 years before Cross conducted
his life-creating experiments. But Mary Shelley may well have attended a
few of his lectures in England during the years she was writing the book.
So in this instance, it's more a case of life imitating art than art
He ended up so reviled by the Church of England that his own son (a lay
deacon in Broomfield) changed his surname to Hamilton, his mother's maiden
name. The son also apparently had an affair with the daughter of Lord
Byron and they both lost their shirts in a bizarre gambling scheme. They
were attempting to use primitive calculating machines to predict methods
of making money on horse races by bending the odds with big bets and small
ones. They lost a fortune.
Source: The author of this, piece Dennis Bell came across Andrew
Crosse while researching some of his family members from County Down,
Ireland who were then living in the area. It also turns out that he's a
very distant relation through marriage back in the late 1600s. currently
the author is writing a magazine article about him. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information.
Recommended Reading Haining, Peter,The Monster Trap and Other True Mysteries, Armada
Shuker, Karl P.N., The Unexplained, Carlton Books Limited 1996