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    Antique Portrait of Major R G Fanshawe, Master of the Cottesmore Hunt

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    R G Fanshawe was an army officer serving in WWII he was a member of the British equestrian eventing team of the 1936, Berlin Olympics, riding "Bowie Knife" and winning a bronze medal. He and his wife were involved in breeding hounds for the Cottesmore Hunt, which was mastered by their Son Brian from 1981-1992

    The Cottesmore Hunt''s origins may be traced back to 1666 when Viscount Lowther made the long journey by a road with his own pack of a pack of foxhounds from Lowther Castle in Westmorland to Fineshade Abbey in East Northamptonshire. The Lowther family sold their pack to the Earl of Gainsborough.
    From 1696 to 1779 there had been a joint arrangement between the 3rd Duke of Rutland, Master of the Belvoir, and the Earl of Gainsborough, Earl Cardigan, Lord Howe and Lord Gower, to hunt one pack on a shared basis in the huge area from Belvoir southwards into East Northamptonshire. Hounds were moved between three different kennels, including Cottesmore, each season. The Gainsborough family withdrew from this joint Hunt in 1732 and took 25 couple of hounds that began to hunt the country later known as the Cottesmore.
    In 1776 Tom Noel made an agreement with Hugo Meynell, first Master of the Quorn, known as the ?Father of Foxhunting?. They agreed on boundaries between the Quorn and the Gainsborough pack, kennelled at Cottesmore, that enabled both packs to draw numerous coverts, including those at Owston, Launde and Tilton, nowadays well inside the Cottesmore country.
    Sir William Lowther bought the pack from the Gainsboroughs and hunted the Cottesmore country from 1788 until 1802 when he became Viscount Lowther. At first he rented Stocken Hall, but later rented Cottesmore House where he kennelled the hounds, and from which the pack derived its permanent name.
    Sir William made the Cottesmore Hunt more widely popular. ?Earl William ? and his staff wore hairy flat-topped hats, and it is believed Surtees depicted them as ?The Flat Hat Hunt?, with Lord Scamperdale as Master, in Mr Sponge''s Sporting Tour.
    The Cottesmore pack was purchased from the new Viscount Lowther in 1802 by Sir Gilbert Heathcote of Normanton Park. However, after only four years, William Lowther, the new Earl Lonsdale resumed his Mastership, and continuing in office for another 36 years. Sir Henry Sutton, Mr Henley Greaves, and Sir John Trollope provided a series of shorter Masterships up to 1870 when the Lowthers returned again.
    During this time a large part of the country up to Whissendine was loaned to Mr Tailby of Skeffington who, with his own pack, hunted much of the country that later became the Fernie.
    Col. Henry Lowther, second son of the second Earl Lonsdale, became Master in 1870. Henry Lowther bought hounds from Tailby for ?1,300. Henry lived at Asfordby before moving to Barleythorpe, north of Oakham, which his father purchased for him as a hunting box. Henry, later created 3rd Earl Lonsdale, built lavish kennels and stables at Barleythorpe from 1872.
    In 1904 new kennels and stables were built at Ashwell, and are now listed buildings. The hunt''s kennels moved to the other side of Ashwell parish in 2004.
    Three warships of the Royal Navy have been called HMS Cottesmore after the Cottesmore hunt. Ref: 8ACPM6JM

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    Width (cm):
    30 x 25in. 76 x 63 cm
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