Articles

Lord Kintore on Mr Meynells System Of Hunting.

Posted on Thursday, July 8, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook
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The following letter was sent by Lord Kintore to Tom Crane, Huntsman to the Fife Hounds, in the hope that he would insert some of his own remarks. This, however, he never did, as he was ‘not very good with his pen’, and after his death, in January 1830, the manuscript was given by his...

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Hawkstone Otterhounds in Wales

Posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Written by: MFH

Written in 1874 the author takes the reader on a trip to Wales with Mr Hill’s Hawkstone Otterhounds. The nature of the otter and its peculiar habits render the river chase different from that of any other, and it has the merit of taking place at a time of the year when it is the...

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Packs of the Welsh Borders -A Nineteenth Century View

Posted on Friday, July 2, 2021
Written by: Borderer -edited by Baily's
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In no district in the United Kingdom is hunting more keenly enjoyed than in the border country between England and Wales, just where the mountains and hills of Wales dip down into the plains, and the smaller streams take the proportions of rivers, and their valleys widen out into dales and rich agricultural holdings. Beginning...

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The Life of a Hunt Runner

Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook
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The Hunt “runner” was an institution, and in the 19th and early 20th century  his role was an essential asset to both the field and to Hunt servants as well. His best equivalent today would be the ‘countryman’ role retained by some hunts.  Each year with the near approach of the hunting season attention is...

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The Conyer’s Testimonial

Posted on Monday, June 21, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook
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This very striking specimen of the silversmith’s art was executed by Messrs. Garrard, of Panton Street, Haymarket, from the design of the well-known artist, H. D. Cotterell, R.A. it was on view at the Victorian Exhibition at Earl’s Court in 1897, There were apparently few if any, other exhibits which attracted or de­served more attention...

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The Recollections of a Nineteenth Century Whipper-in

Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Written by: Venture in conversation with Bailys Hunting Directory

Writing under the name Venture a whipper-in of some considerable experience recounts his life with hounds to an interviewer in the last few years of the nineteenth century Yes, sir! I’ve been at the game twenty-two years now and am keener than ever. Many a time, as a lad, I ran with the York and...

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Peterborough Hound Show 1884

For the seventh annual Hound Show at Peterborough, cool winds and a cloudy sky, with slight showers, preceded a brilliant day, so there was no need for covert coats or mackintoshes after twelve o’clock. Every man was at his post by eleven, excepting one, who received quite an ovation when his train allowed him to...

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A Brief History of Hunt Dinners and Hunt Breakfasts

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2021
Written by: W,C.A.B

The mention of a hunt breakfast carries one back to the days of pigtails and long jour­neys on horseback. No matter how early the hour at which a man had to start from his home, his pigtail had to be arranged, an operation which occupied a con­siderable time. Then he set out on an unclipped...

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Some Notes on Ben Capell

Born on 4th September 1860, at Quorn  a village in Leicetershire, Ben Capell was entered to fox-hunting, or rather that is he entered himself before he was twelve years of age. When Mr. E. Warner, of Quorn Hall, and his brothers, were away at school, Capell used to see a good deal of sport on...

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Some Trials and Tribulations of the M.F.H.

Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Written by: Anonymous MFH

Most people who hunt are accus­tomed to look on the lot of a Master of Foxhounds as one of the most enviable and enjoyable that can be, and in many respects, it is so, I am quite willing to admit it. I will go further and say that given health and strength and a suffi­cient...

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