ported minus a leg, which excited Mr. Dempster, Mr. A. Hope, Mr. surprise and indignation in the Dewar, Mr. Earle, &c. neighbourhood of the estates of Having determined on again such excellent fox-preservers as hunting the following Tuesday, the Earl of Roseberry and Mr. I proceeded to Crichton Castle, Dundas, to whom may be added upon reaching which, and close the name of that respected No- by, to my horror I perceived anobleman the Earl of Dalhousie, ther immense glen, and with every on whose property, two miles appearance of being boggy. A distant, another fox was found, fox was instantly found, and right and run more than forty minutes, along it he went. I and my horse too much in a ring certainly, but did our best, going over about his gallantry could not resist co- two miles of what to look at I verts so temptingly placed. A thought impassable. The hounds good fox he was, and, when hard appeared to be coming into a betpressed, a drain, left ungrated, ter country, when unexpectedly, ended our day's sport.

to me at least, they ran in upon The country I have gone over him,having done all in good style. I must say I consider but mode- We then drew a small gorse rately suited for fox-hunting—so covert on the bank of a neighmany glens, so much thick wood, bouring river, the name of which and so much land under plough; I do not know: the fox was but the hounds, no person who chopped. Afterwards we proknows what a fox-hound is can ceeded towards Arniston, where view without every feeling of ad- we soon found, and had a great miration, whether doing their deal of running from one plantawork, or surrounding the good tion to another, evidently more grey of their sporting-like hunts- than one fox on foot at a time, man, Mr.Williamson. Of him the latterly rather bewildering both success of his many years anxious hounds and their followers. Most exertions speak aloud his praise, of the men I have mentioned and I may truly add, so neat a above were again in the field, as rider to hounds I have seldom also Lord John Scott, who, alseen : he is ably seconded by though of course from his age Hugh, who makes a first-rate first not very many seasons entered, whipper-in, and Jack, who was shews in first-rate style, and apfavorably known, I understand, pears a valued addition to the with the Fife hounds.

Members of his Noble Brother's The Duke of Buccleuch was Hunt; Lord Elcho, and Sir David in the field, and rode a bay horse: Baird, both well known as rarely he is evidently a good horseman, to be equalled; Mr. Fletcher of and considered as a sportsman al- Saltoun, Mr. Campbell, Colonel together not easily to be beat: Balfour of the 82d Regiment, Mr. likewise the Marquis of Lothian, Fletcher Campbell, Mr. Hay the Earl of Caithness, Sir John Newton, Captain Smith, Mr.Dyre, Hope, Sir William Scott of An- Mr.Brandling and several Officers cram, Colonel Maclaine, Captain of the Second Dragoon Guards, Burn Callander, Mr. Henry Scott, now under orders for shortly Mr. Stewart, Mr. G. Williamson marching: the regiment leaves Ramsay, Mr, Johnston of Alva, Piershill Barracks with the yni,

versally expressed regret of the stand to be borne out. This very inhabitants of this neighbourhood. day did I gaze towards Soutra

The next day I had the enjoy. Hill, and wish myself on the ment of hunting. The place of other side of it. meeting announced by the card The fields with the Duke's hounds was the Windmill, near Vossie, are generally numerous, and three miles from the kennel; and composed of all grades of society, here I must pause to mention, as which is as it should be, and of an example worthy of imitation all degrees of sporting knowby all huntsmen, the correctness ledge, from as good sportsmen as of the manner Mr. Williamson England possesses down to men makes, anuounces, and keeps the who appear to understand as little fixtures of the Duke of Buc- about fox-hunting as it is possible cleuch's hounds. Our covert was to imagine a human biped can a gorse covert, and at last I had do. One egregious fault is conthe pleasure of seeing a covert stantly committing with these going to be drawn, to a stranger's hounds, that of coverts being eye tolerably well situated: how- nearly surrounded by men and ever, for more than an hour no horses while being drawn, which, fox would fairly break, although in a country where foxes, from I should think several were in it: overfeeding or some other cause, at last, away went one that had

appear even with fair play almost been pronounced a dodging brute, invariably sufficiently disinclined (however, a good one he proved,) to break covert, is as effectual a right over to Vossie, where hang- plan of preventingafox goingaway ing a little, right on to Crichton as could be invented. Should Dean, and beyond it four or five this remark of a stranger in the miles: here he made a decided slightest degree tend to increase double, and was run back about the sport of men from whom he half that distance. The scent, which has received much unexpected all day had not been good, gra- courteous attention, it will afford dually dying away over some cold him sincere pleasure.--In conploughed land, the hounds threw cluding, permit me to apologize up, and he never could be again for any mistakes of places or hit off.

names, and to request they may These hounds, which everything be attributed to want of sufficient but their country renders de- local knowledge, added to the lightful to hunt with, now leave haste with which these lines have this district, and I shall not this been written. season probably again have an With every best wish to His opportunity of hearing their heart- Grace, in the words of the lacheering music. They go into mented Sir Walter Scott, the Roxburghshire, of which I have Heir of the Bold Buccleuch, I received a very detailed descrip- subscribe myself, Sir, your welltion; and from every account of wisher, itself and its foxes, I conceive it

A Warwickshire Proprietor. capable of affording magnificent sport; and this opinion i under- Edinburgh, March 12, 1833.



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"The Chase.........80 pleasant, that it might allure a

Saint from his beads to join the jocund race;
E'en Nimrod's self might leave the plains of Dura,

And wear the Melton jacket for a space."-Don Juan, Canlo XIII. SIR,

be very large portion of yourselves in play merely because the “ Subscribers and “Constant scent happened to be good, and Readers,” and a considerable the pace killing-nevertheless it number of as good Sportsmen as

must have been a right gallant exist in this breathing world,” affairare denizens of this “ most plea- “ 'Twere long to tell what steeds gave sant and delightsome" Land of o'er the Sun; it must therefore be a As swept the hunt thro' Cambusmore:" considerable satisfaction to you from time to time to hear of their

until welfare and well-doings. Under

“And when the Brigg of Turk' was wou, this impression, I am about to

The headmost horseman rode alone !" employ an idle hour or so in re

We see him now, a tall, thin, delating for the amusement of your termined looking Gentleman, with readers, should you deem it worth

an eye like an hawk, riding ratheir perusal, what I know of the ther short and up in his stirrups, feats of hunting and hounds in going like a "good 'un;" and this corner of the globe, where

we feel a thrill of delight at his most of us are good shots, good triumph in beating off ninetySportsmen, and dearly love to nine first-rate ones, and having it read of aught regarding “The all to himself.--But, as the IrishChase” in your Magazine. Talk

man said,

you must excuse ing of the Chase," Mr. Editor, these digressions before I've bedid it never strike


when first read these lines from

Revenons à nos moutons ; i. e. the Lady of the Lake

'tis meet that we hark back" to “ Yelled on the view the opening pack,

our subject. I have said that Rock, glen, and cavern, paid them back;

readers of the Sporting MagaTo many a mingled sound at once zine abound in this country: I The awaken'd mountains gave response. An hundred dogs bayed deep and strong,

mean the good Old Magazine ; for Clattered an hundred steeds along :

we have all read and appreciated Their peal the merry horns rung out, the Letter in the Number for An hundred voices sound the shout: With bark, and whoop, and wild halloo,

March 1832, and are not a little No rest Benvoirlich's echoes knew:"

astonished at the many exposés that fifty couple of hounds was a

it contains. largesh draft to take into the field in such a country! I never You, and we, and all the world read this beautiful description have heard enough of tiger-shootwithout a feeling of pity for the ing-(if not, let me know): I whippers-in (who must have had need therefore say nothing upon hard work of it) coming across me, that subject, except that it is a and of horror, that an hundred noble exciting sport, is on the sets of Highland lungs should wane, and in a few years will be


no more-Government assisting had no SPORTING MAGAZINE to its downhill by paying a reward set them right, which accounts for all skins brought in, provided for the few feats in that way we the claws and head are thereto find recorded of them. Perhaps attached_I presume, in their the largest jump ever taken in mercy, permitting the animal to those days was by one Sir Marcus go at large when divested of Curtius, Knight, who, as Shakthese “ adornments.”

speare says, "jumped the life Hog-hunting, vulgo "pig-stick- to come,

come,” which only affords ing," a right manly pastime, I matter of surprise that 'his horse am sorry to say is also fading could be brought to face such a away like the dews of the morn- yawner, (he must have been a ing-(you see I am no ways good bit of stuff,) and of rejoicing particular about my similes).- to his eldest son, to whom he In some parts of Bengal it is still doubtless left his small property to be had, and in the district of and the rest of his stud......... Tipperah and its neighbourhood “Hold hard !" I

very (notwithstanding the prowess of nearly off again. This coma first-rate Sportsman, G. P. munication will be exceeding all T-n, Esq. who with twoother bounds if I go on in this fashion : Gentlemen not long ago demo- so I shall wind up with some aclished sixty-four boars in four count of what English imported days, considerably more than a hounds have been doing of late moiety of which number fell to days in India. the spear of the Gentleman I have Bobbery Packs, which in mentioned) there are still a few comparison with regular estaleft to floor the griffs" withal, blishments) may be considered and delight the hearts of such what Falstaff's regiment of ragged sportsmen as Mr. T-n. Talk- recruits were to the disciplined ing of boars reminds me of one army, and they afford to the Mister "Meleager," whose praises full as good fun, and more sport are sung by a very decent poet very often,) are to be found at all yclept Ovid, though I think large military stations. I believe undeservedly, as it was by no there are but three regular packs means correct for the said Gentle of hounds on this side of Indiaman to sally forth with a posse, one at Bareilly, of which I know comitatus to attack one unfor- nothing; one, a small one, in tunate "pig,” and “ hurry him Tirhoot, which I fear will soon to his account, with all his im- be broken up, of which I have perfections on his head,” with a seen a little, and have witnessed poisoned arrow, or a long throw some very excellent sport with, with a light spear from behind a the country being by far the best tree. Now if the before-men- adapted for hounds and riding of tioned Mr. Meleager had saddled any I have seen in India--perhis steed, put on his boots and haps a little too open ; but high spurs, and (if he was in the habit cultivation and grass coverts give of riding long) taken up a hole it a great superiority over that or two in his stirrup-leathers, and about Calcutta, where the ground called for a proper spear, it is literally iron-bound. In the would have been another guess year 1830, the kennel was strong sort of affair. But the ancients enough to send twelve or fourteen couples into the field on any want of proper reasoning hunting days, and in that season,

upon so grave a matter. between November and the be- It would be


while ginning of March, sixteen brace speaking of this part of India, of Jackalls resigned their head- not to mention, that in the Tirpieces to serve as embellishments hoot district one of the Comfor the kennel door, most of them pany's stud-establishments, Pooafter runs which would be de- sah, is stationed, where are genespised in no hunting country in rally to be seen throughout the the world.

year nearly 800 mares: they are They are generally hunted by sent to this stud (from the disa Gentleman whose name has tricts they are foaled in) as yearbeen in print in your pages, and lings, and when turned of three who gave universal satisfaction years, a selection is made by the for many years while hunting the superintendant of the stud, and Calcutta Hounds. His method is those approved of for breeding admirable, and he is moreover a

purposes are returned to the “workman" in the saddle, and a breeding districts, and those remost accomplished sportsman in jected as undersized, &c. are sold, every sense of the term. I sin- and generally find ready purcerely hope he may live long to chasers. The Poosah Stud is enjoy many seasons in Leicester under the management of Capt. shire or Warwickshire: where. H-s, and the excellent manner ever he is, his place I dare aver in which it is conducted is bewill be a good one. There are yond all praise. Such condition several performers with these and cleanliness as are to be withounds quite competent to in- nessed throughout the stables struct in the “ars eundi,the will be met with but seldom, and science of “ going along,” and I fancy would put to shame most are all real lovers of the sport.- of the large breeding establishThis reminds me, as Caleb Quotem ments in England or Europe. says, of a very excellent man Now, Mr. Editor, for a word and sportsman, who I am sure or two touching the

“ Calcutta would be the last person to Hunt.” I need say nothing on speak lightly or irreverently upon racing matters, for, unless an aca subject of such awful import- curate account is given, they are ance, who, hearing the conversa- best let alone : suffice it, that tion turn upon what was to be the Calcutta December Meeting expected in an after-state, said 1831 was a very good one. The quietly, that “ for his part he had only race I shall mention is a somehow always felt certain that Sweepstakes for Maiden Arab there was some good sport in store horses untrained—Gentlemen rifor those who conducted them- ders : — the conditions being, selves properly here below.” «that each rider shall light a To this I am an ear-witness, and cheroot at starting, and bring it the Gentleman it refers to stands lighted to the scales, or be contoo high in general estimation sidered distanced.” Seventeen both as a Christian and a man to horses started : it was a mile allow me to suppose for a mo- race, and run in good time, crement, notwithstanding the odd. ating much amusement, the leadness of the remark, that it implied ing horses not to be distinguished

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