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Anderdon, John Lavicount (1792–1874), writer on angling and devotional subjects, was born in Bristol on 5 April 1792, the third son of John Proctor Anderdon and his wife, Anne, née Oliver. After some time at the Ealing preparatory school of Dr Nicholas he attended ...

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Apperley, Charles James [pseud. Nimrod] (1778–1843), writer on sport, was born on 22 July 1778 at Plasgronow, near Wrexham, Denbighshire, the second son and the fourth of eight children of Thomas Apperley (1730–1814) and his wife, Anne, daughter of the Welsh poet the ...

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Charles James Apperley [Nimrod] (1778–1843) by Edward Francis Finden, pubd 1837 (after Daniel Maclise) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barker, Thomas (fl. 1651), writer on angling, was born in Bracemeol, Shrewsbury; his parents are unknown. He became a freeman and burgess, but made a living as an angling tutor and guide for members of the gentry and aristocracy, developing strong links with early tackle makers in ...

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Peter Beckford (1739/4040–1811) by Pompeo Batoni, 1766 Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

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Beckford, Peter (1739/40–1811), dog breeder and writer on hunting, was the son of Julines Beckford (1717?–1764) of Steepleton Iwerne, Dorset, and Elizabeth, daughter of Solomon Ashley or Ashby, of Northamptonshire. His grandfather was Peter Beckford (bap. 1643, d. 1710), sugar planter and lieutenant-governor of ...

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Bindley, Charles [pseud. Harry Hieover] (1795/6–1859), writer on field sports, concentrated upon hunting and stable management. His first work of any importance was Stable Talk and Table Talk, or, Spectacles for Young Sportsmen (2 vols., 1845–6). It provides only passing hints about ...

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Chapman, Abel (1851–1929), naturalist and hunter, was born at 212 High Street, Bishopwearmouth, co. Durham, on 4 October 1851, the eldest of the six sons and two daughters of Thomas Edward Chapman (1820–1875), wine merchant, and his wife, Jane Ann, née Crawhall (...

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Chetham, James (bap. 1640, d. 1692), writer on angling, was baptized at Manchester collegiate church on 29 December 1640, the eldest son of Edward Chetham (bap. 1612, d. 1684) of Smedley, near Manchester, and his wife, Alice. Chetham's father was the eldest son of ...

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Cokayne, Sir Thomas (1519–1592), soldier and huntsman, was the son of Francis Cokayne of the family of Cockaine, which for generations had owned estates at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and his wife, Dorothy Marrow. Brought up in the household of Francis Talbot, fifth earl of Shrewsbury...