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Hunting – Duke of Beaufort 1885
From the Badminton Library. Fifth Edition published in 1989
The Eight Duke of Beaufort (1 February 1824 – 30 April 1899) wrote this book at the end of the 19th Century. It was part of “The Badminton Library” collection of sports and pastimes in the British isles. The Eight Duke lived through the time when Fox hunting as we know it today was developed. It was also the same period that the Reverend John (Jack) Russell became famous for his terriers.
The Chapter on hunting the otter demonstrates the value that huntsmen placed on their terriers to successfully hunt during this era.
Fox Hunting – The Duke of Beaufort – 1982
Below is an extract from a book published in 1982 by the grandson of the Eight Duke. It is rare to see such a practical and honest approach to hunting in a book of this era. This is an excellent account of the hunting field, hounds, kennels, terriers, digging and a spirited defense of Fox hunting. It is worth obtaining a copy if it comes your way.
“Undoubtedly the terrier is an indispensable adjunct to the Hunt establishment, though I do not expect the galloping and jumping contingency to agree with me. I think it is true to say that 90 per cent of people who hunt in the shires for instance, are there to gallop and jump, though undoubtedly they get a thrill from the sound of the horn and the cry of the hounds. It is the remaining 10 per cent who are what I would class as hound men – and a real hound man is more likely to go to a less fashionable pack for his sport. This leaves very few to enjoy the undoubted pleasures of terrier work.”
Tenth Duke of Beaufort (4 April 1900 – 5 February 1984)
Below is a small sample of the style and quality found in this volume.
There is evidence of where the Reverend Russell’s working terrier’s were placed before his death. Interesting views from people who knew Russell personally and a link to Heinemann terriers.