Fife Sound

Feature Type:Sound (1) - Large body of water from which two or more inlets, arms or channels branch off.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S side of Broughton Island, NE of Port McNeill (municipality), Range 1 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°46'55''N, 126°38'10''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92L/15

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 April 1950 on 92/NW, as labelled on BC Lands' map 2C, 1919.

Source: BC place name cards, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

"Named by Vancouver in 1792, after James Duff, second Earl of Fife. Born 29 September 1729, second son of William Duff, Lord Braco of Kilbryde, who was advanced to the dignity of Earl of Fife and Viscount Macduff, all in the peerage of Ireland, 26 April 1759, on proving his descent from Macduff, Earl of Fife. On succeeding his father in the title and estates, September 1763, he devoted himself to the improvement of his lands in Scotland, and was twice awarded the gold medal of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. In 1782 and 1783 when all crops failed, he disposed of grain to the poor in Scotland considerably below the market price, importing cargoes of it from England. He was created a British peer by the title of Baron Fife 19 February 1790. Died in London 24 January 1809..."

Source: Walbran, John T; "British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: Their Origin and History"; published for the Geographic Board of Canada, Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)