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The Belvoir
The Duke of Rutland's Hounds

This is the enthralling history of the Duke of Rutland’s Hounds, the Belvoir. Superbly illustrated with a wealth of pictures, historic and contemporary, this is an exceptional  anatomy of a Hunt which will delight hunting people everywhere – and those who care about our countryside and its unique sporting heritage.

Founded by the 3rd Duke of Rutland as a Foxhound pack in the mid-18th century, the Belvoir hounds gained a major reputation for exciting sport in a superb terrain, ranging from High Leicestershire to sporting Lincolnshire.

The Belvoir hounds, always owned by  succeeding Dukes of Rutland even to this day, received fervent local support – and an annual influx of eager visitors who included future Kings of England, Prince Albert and the Empress of Austria.

Today many hunting people from all walks of life have golden memories of hunting with the Belvoir, which Michael Clayton’s lively narrative re-awakens.

The Belvoir has had the benefit of a long line of great huntsmen, vividly described here, and a pack of hounds which is now one of only three in the United Kingdom entirely bred on Old English Foxhound lines.


Author: Michael Clayton
ISBN: 978 1 906122 31 7
Published: September 2011
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
82 colour photographs
13 colour paintings
79 black & white photographs
6 black & white paintings
3 black & white illustrations
Price: £25.00

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The Belvoir



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Press reviews

Reviewed by Kate Green of Country Life in September 2011

'This is a book for the dedicated, but there are some marvellous nuggets.'

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Reviewed in Melton Times in September 2011

'It gets to the heart of what made the hunt one of the most famous in the world, celebrating both the countryside and its unique sporting heritage, as well as telling how it survived two wars, its own drama and the hunting ban.'

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Reviewed in The Irish Field in September 2011

'Anyone with even a passing interest in hunting will love the story of The Belvoir, The Duke of Rutland's Hounds.'

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Reviewed in The Field in September 2011

'This book will be a classic.'

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Reviewed by James Barclay of Baily's Hunting Directory in October 2011

'There is absolutely no doubt that this book is one that is very difficult to put down, and therefore is a must for anyone who has a true love of hunting.'

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