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1888 Pack List

Posted on Friday, April 2, 2021
Written by: Helen Brook

Following the interest in the 1835 pack list, Baily’s has been on the lookout for more historic listings that don’t appear in any back issues of the annual Directory. We are delighted to advise that we have found the below for 1888 though it is not as complete across all pack types as some other...

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Brief Notes on Hunts in Palestine

Posted on Monday, March 8, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook

THE LUDD HUNT. Hunt Uniform—Blue, yellow collar. Master and Huntsman—(1922) Colonel A. J. McNeill, C.B., D.S.O., British Gendarmerie. Hon. Secretary—(1923) Capt. P. T.Goodwin, British Gendarmerie. Whippers-in—(1922) Major R. A. Gooderidge, O.B.E., R.A.V.C., (1922) Lieut.-Col. G. R. Foley, O.B.E., British Gendarmerie, and (1924) Lieut. Prior Palmer, 9th Lancers. Kennels — Surafend Camp, Ludd. 19 couples, foxhounds...

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Hunting with Native Breeds

Posted on Sunday, March 7, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook

Whist tidying during pandemic induced self-isolation, a high spot was a folder of old family images of horses, hounds, and hunts came to light and it found its way to me. During a quick browse over a coffee and biscuit shared with retired hounds, I remembered some of the exceptional equine characters I was able…

Grosvenor Merle-Smith Talks About His New Book

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook

We are delighted to republish with permission the thoughts of Grosevenor Merle-Smith regarding his book The Hunting Horn captured by In & Around Horse Country Many years of painstaking research have now resulted in a stunningly beautiful and informative book detailing the history of this instrument, familiar to many but intimately known by few—until now....

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Notes on the Hailsham Harriers 1823-1918

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook

The Hailsham Foot Harriers were a Sussex pack that hunted over a wide and excellent country, varying from the broad, well-drained Pevensey Marshes to the mingled grass and arable land of the average Sussex farm, together with the highest parts of the smooth South Downs, over which, in pursuit of the stout upland hares, some...

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1876 Pack Directory

Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook

Although it is now included in our ‘Pre Directory’  1870-1883 here is the file from 1876 which  started our search STAGHOUNDS (England) NAME OF HUNT, with nearest Towns for Visitors Hunting Days Master Huntsman Whips Kennels HER MAJESTY’S Windsor, Slough Tues. & Fri. Earl of Hardwicke Frank Goodall Richard Edrupt H. Hewson William Bartlett Royal...

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Edwardian Thoughts on the Ideal Beagle

Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

What height should a beagle be? The attached letter was sent in to Baily’s in 1902 and was designed to promote debate about the ‘perfect’ height for a hunting beagle. However the writer’s thoughts on hunting in general will, we think,  have considerable resonance with hunting folk today whichever pack(s) you support and follow Hunting...

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Mrs Hillyard’s Beagles

Posted on Monday, December 28, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

Mrs. Hillyard was a great lover of sports and various breeds of dogs. The Hillyards’ estate at Thorpe Satchville, near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, included a private golf course and tennis court, and exuded an uninhibited sporting atmosphere. The Hillyards adored dogs and allowed their pack of pocket beagles and other terriers to wander in...

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Old Habits Die Hard

Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2020
Written by: Debora Homewood

The tale of Lady Milburn’s side saddle When I purchased my Side saddle habit I found a label stitched inside the pocket, I was intrigued and, as I investigated the habit’s provenance began to unfurl. The habit’s story began on 13″ April 1970, when commissioned by a Lady Milburn it was finished in the workshops…

Notes on the Mona Hunt India

Posted on Friday, December 4, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

The Mona Hunt was a private pack in the late nineteenth century India. What follows are contemporary notes sent for publication It may possibly interest those keen on hunting to hear that there is still one small private pack in Northern India which, although it has had its share of bad luck survived the vicissitudes...

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