Among the abundant literature on Yorkshire geology, one man’s contribution has been forgotten, that of Rev. Frederick Kendall who published a Catalogue of the Minerals and Fossils of Scarborough and its vicinity in 1816 and 1817. The circumstances behind its production are rather remarkable since Kendall had just before, in 1813, been expelled from Cambridge University for several times wilfully setting fire to his College, despite having been legally cleared at his trial. His origins and ancestry are described in this paper as well as his Cambridge ‘career’. The Catalogue, in its several different guises, is described and then his subsequent career briefly discussed. In a final section, his work is contrasted with William Smith’s work and influence at Scarborough, which started in 1817 and led to the creation of the Rotunda Museum there, now a potential shrine to Smithian studies.