Tagged with hunting

Extincting Wolves in England & Wales

This is from Sports and Pastimes of he People of England, published in 1801. My previous post listed a lot of animals of the hunt, but wolves were absent, apparently because they were already hunted to extinction. It is generally admitted that Edgar gave up the fine of gold and silver imposed by his uncle … Continue reading

Naming the Beasts of the Hunt

This is from Sports and Pastimes of he People of England, published in 1801. Twice or Twety, grand huntsman to Edward II divides animals to be hunted into 3 groups: The first class contains four, which may be properly called beasts for hunting; namely, the hare, the hart, the wolf, and the wild boar. The … Continue reading

‘Butcher’ Cumberland Entertains

The Duke of Cumberland, 2nd son of George II became infamous north of the border for his massacre of the survivors of the Battle of Culloden in 1745. He died the year after this incident in 1764. “On Saturday about 12 o’clock, his royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland entertained a company ¬†with the following … Continue reading

Cranborne Chase and Paradise

This is from an old book, Highways¬† & Byways of Dorset by Joseph Pennell. It is generally assumed that most ofthe forests of Britain were lost due to the enclosures acts, but here is another reason, amongst many, for the loss of this huge forest in Dorset: The glory of Cranborne Chase has well-nigh departed. … Continue reading