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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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The Story of Jack Molyneux 33 years with Seven Packs

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook
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JACK MOLYNEUX, hunted the Meynell for two seasons, the Hertford­shire for seven seasons, and later the North and South Shropshire, had thirty-three years’ hunt service in all. The son of a huntsman, at the end of his last season he retired into private life with a flourishing riding school at Hexham in Northumberland, in which...

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Profiles of Some Important Early Lady Masters of Hounds

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook

A turn of the century Baily’s records in a very eloquent Victorian style that ladies are figuring more prominently than ever with horse and hound. The notes below have been extracted from that report. At the present time, there are at least eight lady masters of hounds in the United Kingdom. Active participation by women...

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The True Story of Songster

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2020
Written by: Peter Brook
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The following is a report from the Dundee Advertiser in 1934 Songster, a chestnut horse, that in 1914, was ” turned down ” for war service because of his age, and afterwards went overseas with the Leicestershire Yeomanry, he is claimed by his master to be the ” daddy ” of all veteran war horses....

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Speaking to Hounds

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Written by: Ralph Greaves witing in Baily's Hunting Direcxtory

“Foxhounds.” wrote Lord Willoughby de Broke, “can be taught to do almost anything if spoken to civilly, cheerfully, and firmly.” It is, in fact, with his voice that a huntsman hunts his hounds or, rather, one should say persuades them to hunt for him. Not only must he have a command of hound language, but...

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Hounds and Their Characters

Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2020
Written by: T F Dale

Mr. Austin Mackenzie [MFH 1885-99] bred two famous packs in the Woodland Pytchley country. The dog pack was after wards sold to the Duke of Beaufort. The bitches, sold to Mr. Wroughton, remained in the Woodland Pytchley, where I saw them. They had wonderful drive and tongue in the woods (Brampton, for example). Mr. Mackenzie...

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