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

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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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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...

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Corbett, Edward James [Jim] (1875–1955), hunter and conservationist, was born at Naini Tal, India, on 25 July 1875, the eighth child of Christopher William Corbett (1822–1881), a postmaster, and his wife, Mary Jane (1837?–1924), née Prussia, widow of Charles Doyle. From childhood, Jim...

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Edward James Corbett (1875–1955) by J. G. Laithwaite, 1940 The British Library

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H. M. Stephens

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Cumming, Roualeyn George Gordon- (1820–1866), lion hunter, the second son of Sir William Gordon Gordon-Cumming, second baronet (1787–1854), and his first wife, Eliza Maria (d. 1842), the daughter of John Campbell and a granddaughter of the duke of Argyll, was born at ...

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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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Falkus, Hugh Edward Lance (1917–1996), angler and naturalist, was born on 15 May 1917 at Melton, Cornwall Road, Cheam, Surrey, during a zeppelin raid, the son of James Everest Falkus, bank clerk (shortly bank manager), and his wife, Alice Maud, née Musgrove. His father retired from the ...

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Fennell, John Greville (1807–1885), artist and writer on angling, was born at sea between Ireland and England. He began his artistic career by winning the silver medal offered by the duke of Sussex for a drawing of Hercules. He was a student at the school of engraving run by the ...

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M. G. Watkins

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Fitzgibbon, Edward (1803–1857), writer on angling, was born at Limerick in August 1803, the son of a land agent. From boyhood, when he fished in the trout streams near his home, he was devotedly attached to fishing. His education was interrupted when he was fourteen years old by his father's death, and he moved to ...

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Ford, Horace Alfred (1821x2–1880), archer, was born in London, the fourth son of George Samuel Ford (1790–1868), solicitor, and his wife, Hannah, née Bramah (1796–1859). His first occupation was in the London office of his father. About 1844 his father acquired the Bryndu Iron and Coal Company...

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Fortescue, Lady Margaret (1923–2013), landowner and huntswoman, was born on 13 December 1923 at Ebrington Manor, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, the original seat of the Fortescue family, the elder daughter and second child in the family of one son and two surviving daughters of ...