William Burton

William Burton is the editor of BajanThings.com. BajanThings.com reflects my three loves: preserving handed down Bajan history, hiking and international travel.

Boiling Lake - Dominica

Boiling Lake hike – Dominica

Waitukubli (pronounced Y 2K BULI) is the name that the Carib people called a rugged volcanic island long before 1493 when Christopher Columbus visited on his second voyage. Today we call this mountainous island Dominica. I have visited Dominica three times. The flight from Barbados is a short one, and the landing at Melville Hall …

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Bajans on top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania

Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, at 5,895 Meters the 4th highest of the 7 summits, the easiest  of the 7 summits to climb  and the one best known to armchair adventurers. “Free-standing” means it stands alone and is not part of a mountain range.   Kilimanjaro also beats Mount Everest (8,849m) in …

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HMS Victorious 1942 commanded by Bajan Henry C. Bovell

Vice Admiral Henry C. Bovell (1893 – 1963)

Henry Cecil Bovell was born in Barbados on the 4th of January 1893 the only son of the Sir Henry Alleyne Bovell KC, Attorney General of Barbados, and Lady Annie Cecil (nee Briggs) Bovell.  He died aged 70 on 31st March 1963. He left Hazelwood School ( In Collymore Rock)  in the summer of 1905 for …

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Mount Fitz Roy - Argentina Chile

El Calafate & El Chalten – Argentina 2010

I have always wanted to return to Argentina after staying in Ushuaia on my return from Antarctica, and not just for the fine Red wine! The opportunity came in December 2009 when I met my cousin, also William Burton, in Miami and we travelled to Calafate via Buenos Aries. With both of us having the …

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Greaves Crater named after Bajan William M. H. Greaves

William M. H. Greaves (1897 – 1955)

William Greaves‘ family came from the west of England but were living in Barbados where his father, Eustace C Greaves, was a doctor. William, who was his parents’ only son, attended Lodge School, Barbados, from 1905 to 1915, and then spent 1915-16 at Codrington College, Barbados. Having won a scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge, …

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Port Elmsley pka Barbadoes

Samuel Weatherhead (1756 – 1816)

Samuel Weatherhead was born in the parish of St. Philip, Barbados in 1756. At an early age, he ran away from home and took passage on a merchant ship sailing for England. En route, pirates seized the ship. However, Samuel and all on board escaped certain death when, by a small majority, the captors voted to spare …

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