The Belvoir: The Duke of Rutland's Hounds

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This is the enthralling history of the Duke of Rutland's Hounds, the Belvoir. Superbly illustrated with a wealth of pictures, historic and contemporary, this is an exceptional anatomy of a Hunt which will delight hunting people everywhere - and those who care about our countryside and its unique sporting heritage.

Founded by the 3rd Duke of Rutland as a Foxhound pack in the mid-18th century, the Belvoir hounds gained a major reputation for ...

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This is the enthralling history of the Duke of Rutland's Hounds, the Belvoir. Superbly illustrated with a wealth of pictures, historic and contemporary, this is an exceptional anatomy of a Hunt which will delight hunting people everywhere - and those who care about our countryside and its unique sporting heritage.

Founded by the 3rd Duke of Rutland as a Foxhound pack in the mid-18th century, the Belvoir hounds gained a major reputation for exciting sport in a superb terrain, ranging from High Leicestershire to sporting Lincolnshire.

The Belvoir hounds, always owned by succeeding Dukes of Rutland even to this day, received fervent local support - and an annual influx of eager visitors who included future Kings of England, Prince Albert and the Empress of Austria.

Today many hunting people from all walks of life have golden memories of hunting with the Belvoir, which Michael Clayton's lively narrative re-awakens.

The Belvoir has had the benefit of a long line of great huntsmen, vividly described here, and a pack of hounds which is now one of only three in the United Kingdom entirely bred on Old English Foxhound lines.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781906122317
  • Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michel Clayton has hunted with over 200 packs in Britain, Ireland and the USA, as Editor and hunting correspondent of Horse and Hound for 24 years, writing a weekly column 'Foxford's Hunting Diary'. He first started hunting in Dorset at the age of eight.

He was Editor-in-Chief of Country Life and The Field, having previously been a BBC TV and radio correspondent. He first visited Leicestershire over 40 years ago, and became a keen resident subscriber and supporter of the Shires packs.

He is the author of over 20 books on hunting and equestrianism.

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Villagers in the Vale of Belvoir have been staunch supporters of the Duke of Rutland's hounds for nearly three centuries. They have been brought up with foxhunting as a central part of their lives; they love it, and many are among the most knowledgeable of the Belvoir hounds' regular followers.
A good hunt from Clawson Thorns, soaring down past the village to right or left, involving the clearance of daunting drop fences, and going down to the pastures below, has been a treat for Belvoir mounted followers which they recall with a warm glow for the rest of their lives.

To gain some understanding of the evolution of the Belvoir pack and the development of the 'old English Foxhound' one can study portraits of three Belvoir Hounds between 1853 and 1910:
Rallywood 1853, painted by John Fernley.
Gambler 1884, by Basil Nightingale.
Daystar 1903, by Cuthbert Bradley.
A striking and beautifully-balanced hound with pure-white neck, legs and muzzle, tan quarters and head, and a black body, Rallywood displays an intelligent and well-set head and neck; a flexible but not too long top-line, proportionate depth and shape to the rib-cage, a sloping shoulder, a straight fore-leg, powerful rounded quarters rather like a harrier, and good hocks.

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