I read with great interest the interview with the TV presenter and campaigner Esther Rantzen about Baroness Burdett-Coutts ( My History Hero, July). Perhaps it is worthy of note that Burdett-Coutts is known in an area of the Canadian prairies where two communities are linked to her.
The small hamlet of Burdett, Alberta, is named for her husband who helped build the railway across the Canadian prairies. The other community is the village of Coutts, Alberta, located on the Canadian-American border.
Coutts is one of the busiest border crossings in western Canada and on the Canamex highway, a popular trade route that runs a considerable length of the country, and all the way down through the USA to Mexico. This village was named for the baroness herself.
It seems rather amazing that a woman so little known in her own country is remembered through community names in this corner of Canada. Anne M Michaelis, Alberta, Canada