Benjamin Neeve Peach


1842 Born September 6th at Gorran Haven, Cornwall.
Son of C.W. Peach of the Coastguard Service, a keen naturalist and fossil collector. In 1849 transferred to Scotland. 1854 proved Durness Limestone – fossilferous. Murchison in appreciation completed education of B.N. Peach at Royal School of Mines (1859 -), studied under Huxley and Ramsay.
1862 Joined Geological Survey as Assistant Geologist.
First official duty, determination of fossils in the London office under Salter. Transferred to Scotland. Became associated with James Geikie and John Young in mapping glacial deposits of the Lothians. Noted occurrence of Highland rocks in drifts of the Lammermuirs.
Surveyed Scottish Coalfields, large areas of Old Red Sandstone with associated volcanics and eastern part of Southern Uplands.
1868 Promoted to Geologist.
1879 Appointed Acting Palaeontologist in Scotland in addition to fieldwork.
1882 District Surveyor.
1883 Given charge of survey of North West Highlands.
1888 Re-examination of Southern Uplands began. Peach determined large collection of graptolites (proved Lapworth’s sequence).
1892 Received Murchison’s Centenary Prize. Elected F.R.S.
1903 LL.D. (Edin).
1905 Retired. Worked on monograph on “The Higher Crustacea of Carboniferous rocks of Scotland”.
1926 Died January 29th.
Awards: Wollaston Fund; Murchison Medal; Wollaston Medal; Neill Medal (R.S.E.)

Biographies and Obituaries

1926 Evans, J.W. Obituary - Benjamin Neeve Peach, LL.D., F.R.S. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 82 p.xlvi-xlix. 1926
1926 Obituary - Benjamin Neeve Peach. Born 6th September 1842, died 29th January 1926. Geologists Magazine. Whole Series. v. 63 p.187-190. 1926
1928 Greenly, Edward., . Benjamin Neeve Peach: a study. [Obituary.]. Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society. v. 12 p.1-11. 1928
1926 Proceedings Royal Society (1926) (B.C.)
1926 “Glasgow Herald” (January 30ty 1926)
1926 “Scotsman” (January 30th 1926)
1926 Geological Magazine (1926) p. 187