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Thomas Dykes

Thomas Dykes (1850, Dundonald, Ayrshire - 1916, London, England)
Journalist and Author

Thomas Dykes, who was born and raised in Ayrshire, trained as a Law Clerk in Glasgow before becoming a journalist in both Argyllshire, and London. There in England, in addition to his daily reporting, he wrote and published in 1886 an interesting and imaginatively illustrated book called, 'All Round Sport With Fish, Fur, And Feather' - Adventures on the Turf and the Road, in the Hunting and Cricket Fields, Yachting Courses, Links, and Curling Ponds. The contexts chosen are mainly Scottish, but other parts of the United Kingdom also feature.

In the following illustrated genealogical report of his life and forebears, it is seen that for about the first eighteen years of his life he was 'a lad of the soil' on his father Robert and his mother Lilias' 300-400 acre farm, Laigh Hillhouse, in Dundonald. Thomas was fourth youngest of five boys, George, John, Robert, (himself) and James. He also had a younger sister Elizabeth.

Tracing back the Dykes' lineage from Thomas, registration documents show that his father, Robert born in Galston, Ayrshire in 1809, also had had four brothers and one sister, Thomas, Ann, John, James and George, with parents George Dykes and Anne (Woodburn) Dykes.

Concentrating on Thomas, born in 1850, the following images illustrate his linear family data from 1805 up to his death in 1916.

Further searching did not uncover any other books by Thomas Dykes, but here on ES, we propose to serialise his informative and entertaining 30 megabyte publication mentioned above.


The Big Fox of Balderswood
Taking a Moor
Under the Crown and Anchor
Burning the Heather
Farewell to the Shooting Season
Touting a Steeplechase Rider My Love and I when Sailing
The Puddleton and Ground v The Cotton Spinners
Wild Duck Shooting on the Border
My First Foursome
With the Rod on Loch Lomond
A Day’s Rook Shooting
A Black Doo and a Black Owner
The Wynds of Windermere
Lady Mina Millingtower, M.F.H.
The Old Coach’s Last Journey
Curlew and Plover Shooting
With the Rabbit Catcher
The Cruise of the Peesweep
Love Below Zero
A Day after Wood Pigeon
The Netherlands Cup Race at Cowes
A Day’s Rabbit Shooting
A Ramble Round Rothesay
Here’s a Health, Parson Jack, unto Thee
A Roaring Game
A Race for Themselves
Ptarmigan Shooting on Ben Lomond
In Highland Quarters
The Pick o’ the Basket
The Races We’ve Sailed
A Farewell Shot
He Wanted an Order
Our Opening Day on the Moors
’Tween the Flags
Haltered and Altar’d
The Annasona
Plover Shooting
How we Opened Loch Ard
Killed by a Book
Bagging a Husband
Well Won, but the Wrong Way
With the Long-Line Fishers on the East Coast
The First of September
Wronging Reynard
Round the Mouse and Home
A Day’s Pheasant Shooting
A Round of the Links at Golf
White Hare Shooting on Loch Katrine Side
Salmon-Fishing on Loch Tay
Shooting Wild Rock Pigeons
The Polly Hann Mariar
In the Land of the Campbells
A Mixed Bag on the Moorlands
The Launching of the Yacht

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