Welcome to the Brabazon Blog! We are trying to get a forum going that would be more instantaneous and universal than either the family website (brabazonarchive.com) or separate emailing. We have commenced with a handful of topics - taken from the website - to kick-start conversations. Your suggestions for additional areas of interest and emails of a personal nature can be sent to Michael Brabazon at mbbrabazon@yahoo.co.uk

As we are probably all now aware, the Brabazon Clan is not homogenous but rather a mosaic of smaller genetic groupings, sometimes explicable by descent via a Brabazon female line, sometimes due to the adoption of the Brabazon name for various known or unknown reasons. By casting the discussion network as wide as possible perhaps we can begin to shed more light on each of the sub-lineages of the Clan - worldwide brainstorming, so to speak!

The Earl and Countess of Meath remain the standard bearers of the Brabazon name, and I think we would all agree that we have an excellent family at the very heart of the Brabazon Clan. Across the spectrum of our Family we are a good microcosm of Irishness in all its cultural forms and our cohesiveness in diversity is perhaps the best testimony to the greatness of our ancestors. So start blogging and let's see where it goes!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Brabazon Landmarks - Brabazon Range: Alaska

The Brabazon Range, twenty-eight miles long, is situated in Tongass National Forest near Ketchikan, Alaska, close to the border with British Columbia, Canada. It was named in 1907 by Eliot Blackwelder for  A J (Jack) Brabazon of the Canadian Boundary Survey, who made a photographic survey of the Yakutat Bay region in 1895, and with the help of those pictures compiled the first topographic map of the area.

From the journal of Eliot Blackwelder of the University of Wisconsin 1907 https://archive.org/stream/jstor-30067852/30067852#page/n1/mode/2up
The Brabazon Range is low as compared with the lofty peaks west of it; but nevertheless it is a notable feature of the coast. It has a steep seaward front, which, although somewhat irregular in outline, plunges abruptly beneath the alluvial flat without extensive foot-hills or projecting spurs. One depression interrupts the continuity of the ridge in the area discussed — the open channel of the Yakutat Glacier. The photograph, below shows the Alsek River and the inner slope of the Brabazon Range with four small glaciers.

Alfred James Brabazon, son of Samuel Levinge Brabazon and Margaret Clarke was born 26 December 1859 in Quebec Canada and died 28 December 1939 in Portage du Fort Quebec. He played an important part in the surveys to decide the border between Canada and Alaska in 1890.

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