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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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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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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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Wilson, George (fl. 1607), writer on cockfighting, was vicar of Wretton in Norfolk. He may have been the George Wilson, from Yorkshire, admitted as a sizar to Queens' College, Cambridge, on 20 September 1598. In spite of his profession he took a keen interest in the pastime of cockfighting, and in 1607 published ...