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The History of the Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Hunt 1775-1910
By James H Rutherford, W.S. (1911)


It is perhaps mainly in consequence of a perusal of the hunting diary of Mr George Ramsay of Barnton, which was kindly lent to me by Mr Keith Ramsay Maitland, Edinburgh, in the year 1902, that this history came to be written; for although the putting together of some records of the Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Hunt had been attempted by me several years earlier, the difficulty in finding sufficient material for the purpose was so great that the idea had all but been abandoned. The pleasure derived from reading the little volume lent to me by Mr Maitland, however, induced me to make some further researches, and of these this work is the result. That it may prove of interest to those who now hunt or have hunted with the Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Hounds, I sincerely hope and since it embraces the period (1814-1825) during which—the Hunt being in abeyance—the country was visited by the original Lothian now the Duke of Buccleuch's Hounds, under Mr Robert Baird of Newbyth, and Will Williamson his huntsman, and the period (1869-1877) during which the Hunt and that of East Lothian were amalgamated under the title of the Lothians Hunt, it is possible that it may also possess some small outside interest.

To all who have in any way given me help— and I have received much from acquaintances and strangers as well as from personal friends—I render my warmest thanks; for without their aid the information which the book contains would certainly have been either less extensive or less accurate. The index was prepared by Mr A. W. Jones, Chester, and I am most grateful to him for the expenditure of time and trouble involved in doing so.

While these pages were passing through the press, the deaths took place of Mr John Ross, head forester to the Marquis of Linlithgow, and Mr William Shore, late huntsman to the Duke of Buccleuch, whose names occur in the text, and for each of whom I had much regard.

EDINBURGH, December 1910.

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