Sunday, 3 May 2015


How much hunting in Cheshire owes to Mr. WARBURTON and his father (the late Rowland Egerton-Warburton, Esq.) may be easily inferred from the fact that in 1872 the latter, owing to loss of sight, retired from the secretaryship, an office he had held for thirty-five years, when his son (the present Mr. Warburton) was elected to succeed him, and he has carried on the management down to the present time—i.e., for thirty years. A service of 65 years by father and son!

In the year 1836, the number of subscribers to the Hounds was only 17. Now it is 83.

Of course, the secretaryship represents a small part of the debt. Mr. R. Warburton's poetry and songs must have had an incalculable effect in maintaining the spirit and "go" of the Hunt. Would that we had his refined and beautiful figure and features portrayed in our book, but his active pursuit had ceased when Mr. Massey began his series of portraits—hence our loss.

His son, though he does not exercise the father's poetical gifts, wields a most skilful pencil; and to him we are indebted for the likeness of our Artist which adorns the first page of our Album. His private collection is full of striking and life-like drawings, mostly pen and ink, of quite a number of persons connected with our Field.

'Tis pleasant to know that a still later generation is fitly represented by a son, now at Christ Church, Oxford, who may be trusted to carry on the traditions and tastes of his family, whose place, Arley, I should add, has ever been a very stronghold of foxes.

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