Walking along Fleet Street in London last week, we sidetracked a little to have a look at Dr Johnson’s house in Gough Square. The first thing you see when entering the square is a statue of Johnson’s cat, Hodge. But the amazing thing we found on the back of the statue is a plaque relating to H.W. Fowler. It reads:
‘Castigavit et emendavit’
H.W. Fowler’s tribute to the work of Major Byron F. Caws in the preparation of the Concise Oxford Dictionary.
Erected by his grandson, Richard Byron Caws, CVO, CBE, FRICS
Reading the plaque evoked a lot of questions:
- Who was Major Byron F. Caws?
- In what ways did he contribute to Fowler’s work on the COD?
- Why was the plaque erected in the first place, and why in September 1997?
Can anyone help us find the answers?