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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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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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Daniel, William Barker (1754–1833), Church of England clergyman and writer on field sports, was born in Colchester, the son of William Daniel. Little is known about his early life except that he was educated at Felsted and that his father was an attorney. In 1771 he went to ...

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Dixon, Henry Hall [pseuds. the Druid, General Chasse] (1822–1870), sporting writer, was born on 16 May 1822 in Carlisle, Cumberland, the second son of Peter Dixon (1789–1866), a cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Rebecca, daughter of General Tredway Clarke. He was educated at ...

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Greville [née Graham], Lady (Beatrice) Violet (1842–1932), journalist and author, was born at Sulby Hall, Northamptonshire, on 13 February 1842, the second daughter of the five surviving children of James Graham, fourth Duke of Montrose (1799–1874) and his wife, (Caroline) ...

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Johnson, Thomas Burgeland (c. 1778–1840), writer on field sports, seems to have spent his schooldays in Leicestershire. He started his working life as a printer in Liverpool. In 1809 he published the Shooter's Guide (4th edn, 1814) under the pseudonym of B. Thomas...

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Marston, Robert Bright (1853–1927), angler, publisher, and editor, was born at 36 Upper Park Street, Islington, London, on 30 May 1853, the eldest of the five children of Edward Marston (1825–1914), bookseller then publisher, and his wife, Mary, née Pratt (...