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Incidents with the Durham University Beagles

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

In 1861 a meet report records the following This dapper little pack showed some extraordinary sport. The meet was at Oswald House, after beating the hedges and ranging a small plantation adjoining without success, the hounds were taken across the South road, when a hare was very quickly found, and “old-fashioned” one she proved. After...

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Tales of Olden Glories

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2020
Written by: Neil Salisbury

Whilst fox hunting was developing in the rest of England in the 17th and 18th centuries, the sport had been carried on in the far north west from time immemorial. Throughout history early farmers had used hounds to protect their flocks from predators, and whilst the sport in the rest of England became a pastime...

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Hints to Huntsmen

Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2020
Written by: J Anstruther Thompson

These notes were written at various times for the guidance of different Huntsmen, by J Anstruther Thompson (renowned Master of the Pytchley)  and published by Baily’s in 1891 as ‘Hints to Huntsmen’. Much of the advice is as valid now as it was then, and, as the author notes:- “…these hints are now printed in...

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The Trials of a Hunt Secretary

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Written by: Liz Young

First published in BHD 2000 , the writer Liz Young gives a personal and valuable insight into the life of a Hunt Secretary The Hunt Secretary can be described as a cross between a Secretary of State and a housekeeper: this office bearer works both diplomatically and physically behind the scenes. On the one hand…

In the Tracks of Mountain and Muse

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2020
Written by: Norman Fine

Throughout the entire season I had looked forward to a day with the Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds (Maryland) thanks to the kind invitation of Dr Roger Scullin, MFH, and here it was, late March and the last day of hunting. The temperature was in the eighties, it was sultry and the sun was high. Fortunately...

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An American Outcross in the English Foxhound

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Written by: Norman Fine Article first published in Covertside

This article appeared in BHD 98/99 Here is a story of a successful outcross of American blood in the English foxhound, orchestrated by two brilliant hound breeders – an American, the late Bill Brainard, MFH, and an Englishman, Captain Ronnie Wallace, MFH. The American blood traces back to old Virginia strains bred by Burrell Frank...

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Hunting in the Style of the Tsars?

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2020
Written by: Regine Lansley

The Aeroflot flight shuddered and bumped to a halt at Minvrody (Mineral Water) Airport. It was early May and the temperature was in the high 20s- not quite the usual weather for hunting. A long Mercedes limousine with black tinted windows met us on the runway, in the style of some sinister rendezvous, and we...

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How to Survive as a Hunt Secretary

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2020
Written by: Meriel Buxton

This invaluable insight into the life of a Hunt secretary was written by Meriel Buxton and appeared in the 1992 edition of BHD Dick Watson first took on secretaryship of the Fernie during the War, when he was a ‘very junior member of the Finance Committee’. Money was short and the Hunt could no longer…

Clothes for Foxhunting

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Written by: Foxford (Michael Clayton)

This article written by Michael Clayton (Foxford) was first publishred in BHD 1980 (74th edn) Anyone conversant with sporting art in the 18th and 19th centuries will know that hunting dress was anything but standardised when the sport was in its hey-day. Certain conventions applied in the smarter hunting countries, but there was considerable variation...

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1835 Great Britain & Ireland Pack Listing

Posted on Saturday, May 2, 2020
Written by: Helen Brook

Baily’s has been given access to Bells Sporting, which has a considerable amount of historically interesting hunting information.  As a part of this fascinating archive, we have found a pack list for the 1835-1836 season of all packs or all types across England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland published across 2 issues; this was originally taken...

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