Milton and Cheadle

Our party across the mountains. Milton and Cheadle

Our party across the mountains. Milton and Cheadle
The North-West Passage by Land.

William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, Viscount Milton (1839–1877) was a British nobleman, explorer, and Liberal Party politician. Walter Butler Cheadle (1836–1910) was an English paediatrician.
Arriving in Quebec City in July 1862, Milton and Cheadle traveled across the North American continent, wintering near Fort Carlton in present-day Saskatchewan. In 1863 they became the first “tourists” to travel through the Yellowhead Pass. After a challenging and at times humorous summer they reached Victoria, BC.

They co-authored The North-West Passage by Land. Being the narrative of an expedition from the Atlantic to the Pacific, undertaken with the view of exploring a route across the continent to British Columbia through British territory, by one of the northern passes in the Rocky Mountains (1865). The book was translated as Voyage de l’Atlantique au Pacifique, à travers le Canada in 1872.

They contributed many place names to the Yellowhead Pass region.

References:

  • Milton, William Fitzwilliam, and Cheadle, Walter B. The North-West Passage by Land. Being the narrative of an expedition from the Atlantic to the Pacific, undertaken with the view of exploring a route across the continent to British Columbia through British territory, by one of the northern passes in the Rocky Mountains. London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1865. Internet Archive
  • Milton, William Fitzwilliam, and Cheadle, Walter B. Voyage de l’Atlantique au Pacifique, à travers le Canada, les montagnes Rocheuses et la Colombie anglaise. Paris: Hachette, 1872. Internet Archive
  • Zillmer, Raymond T. [1887–1960]. “The location of Mt. Milton and the restoration of the names ‘Mt. Milton and Mt. Cheadle’.” American Alpine Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1 (1943). American Alpine Club

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