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See Ottaway, Cuthbert John

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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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William Blenkiron (1807?–1871) by unknown engraver, pubd 1871 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. C. Boase

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Blenkiron, William (1807?–1871), racehorse breeder, was born at Marrick, near Richmond, Yorkshire. His father was a Swaledale farmer but Blenkiron abandoned that pursuit and moved in 1834 to London, where he commenced business as a general agent in Wood Street, Cheapside. In 1845 he added a business manufacturing stocks and collars to his economic activities but three years later retired in favour of his son to devote his time to the breeding of racehorses....

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Bunbury, Sir (Thomas) Charles, sixth baronet (1740–1821), horse-racing administrator and politician, was born in Suffolk (probably at Mildenhall) in May 1740, the elder son of the Revd Sir William Bunbury, fifth baronet (c.1710–1764), and his wife, Eleanor Graham (d...

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Byerley, Robert (bap. 1660, d. 1714), racehorse owner, army officer, and politician, was baptized on 27 March 1660, the fourth (but second surviving) son of Anthony Byerley (bap. 1619, d. 1667), landowner, of Middridge Grange, Heighington, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne (...

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Charles Alfred Cruft (1852–1938) by unknown photographer, 1931 © The Kennel Club Picture Library

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Cruft, Charles Alfred (1852–1938), founder of Crufts Dog Show, was born on 28 June 1852, the son of Charles Cruft, jeweller and goldsmith of Hunter Street, Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London. He was educated at Ardingly College, Sussex, one of the Church of England...

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Edward Moorhouse

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Day, William Henry (1823–1908), racehorse breeder and trainer, born on 9 August 1823 at Danebury, Hampshire, was a younger son of John Barham Day (1793–1860) and an Irish woman whose surname was Goddard. His father, known as Honest John, founded the famous Danebury...

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Frampton, Tregonwell [called the Father of the Turf] (bap. 1641, d. 1728), racehorse trainer, was baptized on 3 April 1641 at Moreton in Dorset, the fifth son of William Frampton (bap. 1608, d. 1643), lord of the manor of Moreton, and his wife, ...

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Tregonwell Frampton (bap. 1641, d. 1728) by John Faber junior, c. 1730–40 (after John Wootton) © Copyright The British Museum

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Graham [née Horsley-Beresford], Caroline Agnes, duchess of Montrose (1818–1894), racehorse owner, was born at Bolam, Northumberland, on 23 January 1818, the third and youngest daughter of John Horsley-Beresford, second Baron Decies (1774–1855), and his wife, Charlotte Philadelphia (d. 1852), only daughter and heir of ...

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Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, first duke of Westminster (1825–1899) by Sir John Everett Millais, 1872 by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Westminster OBE, TD, DL, on behalf of himself and his Trustees

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Grosvenor, Hugh Lupus, first duke of Westminster (1825–1899), landowner, racehorse owner, and politician, was born on 13 October 1825 at Eaton Hall, Cheshire, the second but first surviving son, and fifth of the thirteen children, of Richard Grosvenor, second marquess of Westminster (1795–1869)...

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Hawley, Sir Joseph Henry, third baronet (1813–1875), racehorse owner, was born in Harley Street, London, on 27 October 1813, the eldest son in the family of three sons and seven daughters of Sir Henry Hawley, second baronet (1776–1831), and his wife, Catherine Elizabeth (...

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See Howard, Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-, sixteenth duke of Norfolk

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Jarvis, Sir John Layton [Jack] (1887–1968), racehorse trainer, was born in Newmarket, Suffolk, on 28 December 1887, the third and youngest son of William Arthur Jarvis, racehorse trainer, and his wife, Norah, daughter of James Godding, also a racehorse trainer. Jarvis was educated at ...

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Llewellyn, Sir Henry Morton [Harry], third baronet (1911–1999), showjumper and businessman, was born on 18 July 1911 at Fairfield, near Aberdâr, Glamorgan, the second son and second child in the family of four sons and four daughters of Sir David Richard Llewellyn, first baronet...

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Edward Moorhouse

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Machell, James Octavius (1837–1902), racehorse owner and manager, born at Etton rectory, near Beverley, Yorkshire, on 5 December 1837, was the son of Robert Machell (1797–1860), vicar of Marton in Cleveland, who was descended from an old Westmorland family, and his first wife, ...