kimkat0298e Biography parodied in the History of PERO, a BUCK HOUND. he was descended

from all the celebrated hounds who signalized themselves in the chase during the time of the Danish and Norman usurpations.


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Biography parodied in the History of PERO, a BUCK HOUND.


The Sporting Magazine. Volume 5. 1795.


Pages 254-256.



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Ai dyma’r rhewm dros yr enw Pero ar gŵn yng Nghymru? Mae’n debyg fod yr ysgrif hon yn un led boblogaidd tua diwedd y ddeunawfed ganrif a dechrau’r ail ganrif ar bymtheg. Fe’i ceir yn 1787 yn ‘The European Magazine and London Review, Volume 11’ ac yn yr un flwyddyn  ‘Walker's Hibernian Magazine, Or, Compendium of Entertaining Knowledge’; wyth mlynedd wedyn yn ‘The Sporting Magazine’ (fel y’i gwelir isod), yn 1804 yn ‘Sporting Anecdotes’ gan ‘An Amateur Sportsman’.

1787: The European Magazine

1787: Walker's Hibernian Magazine

1795: The Sporting Magazine

1804: Sporting Anecdotes







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of the


THE CHACE, And every other Diversion Interesting to

The Man of Pleasure and Enterprize.




Printed for the PROPRIETORS and Sold by J WHEBLE;

Nº 18, Warwick Square, Warwick Lane, near Saint Pauls. MDCCXCV [= 1795]










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The Sporting Magazine. Volume 5. 1795.

Pages 254-256.


Biography parodied in the History of PERO, a BUCK HOUND.


To the Editors of the Sporting




By giving a place to the following in your excellent,

as well as diverting Magazine,

you will oblige

Your humble Servant,


Feb. 10, 1795,


PERO was descended on the female side from a very ancient line in Northumberland, and tradition says, that his ancestors were from generation to generation great favourites with the Saxon Kings of that district. By his own mother's side (who was of Shropshire) he was descended from all the celebrated hounds who signalized themselves in the chase during the time of the Danish and Norman usurpations. In the tree of pedigree of Pero's family, we find the name of Yelpo, King Canute's favourite buck hound, and also that of List, who was King Alfred’s faithful companion when that monarch was in hiding, and in disguise in the Isle of Wight. But the most illustrious name in the tree, and the founder of the male line, is Harpau, who came over with William the Conqueror, and was his favourite bloodhound, and the records of the Duke of Fitzroi's kennel assure us, that when the Conqueror laid the Northern counties in blood and desolation, Harpau









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attended him, and had an armour with a beautiful fox-hound belonging to the Prior of Durham, from which union our Pero was lineally descended. When he was but a little puppy he gave early proofs of uncommon genius, and every one foretold that he would not disgrace the illustrious blood that flowed in his veins. He was, therefore, when very young, put under the care of Tom Snipe the duke's gamekeeper but this part of his education did not succeed according to expectation. Honest Tom, in his old days, having made too free with the bottle. Pero’s instructions were consequently much neglected, and it was feared he would fall into idle habits, and that his excellent genius would remain uncultivated. To prevent such misfortunes, his guardians removed him into Wiltshire, where he finished his studies, under the care of the learned and ingenious Peter Partridge, gamekeeper to Lord N-—d. At first, indeed, he suffered severely by Peter's whip, but no sooner was he broke of his idle habits, then he made a most rapid progress in his education, in every part of which he was without an equal, for melody of a fine deep toned voice, for swiftness of foot, unexhausted strength, and staunchness of scent he was unrivalled, and no wonder that these rare qualifications, so happily blended together, procured him the favour and patronage of the great. He was hunted with all the first nobility in the kingdom, (and indeed has always kept the best company) and never failed to excite their esteem and admiration. He was always in at the death, on which occasions he has often been honoured by his M---y’s attention, and one  













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time was patted on the head by the Prince of W—-s, but this singular honour and happiness had almost cost him his life, on boasting of it in the kennel, with rather two much vanity, the envious hounds set upon him, and had not the whipper-in just come in the nick of time, and exercised his whip among them stoutly, he had certainly been torn limb from limb. Lord L---, who was then on a hunting visit to Lord N—--, affected with Pero's dangerous situation, begged him of his Lordship, and his request granted, but no sooner did he bring him home, than his own kennel was equally envious, so true are the words of the Poet,

“A favourite has no friend.”

To remedy this inconvenience it was ordered that Pero should sleep in the warm stable, and all day he was a parlour guest with his Lordship, by whose hand he was fed with the choicest bits, but such is the fallaciousness of worldly enjoyments, with ail this semblance of worldly happiness, poor Pero was truly miserable. The servant maids, though they dare not speak out, were his bitter enemies, and even greatly offended forsooth, because he dirtied the stair-case, the hall, and the parlour, and besides the almost daily plots to poison him, many a good kick and blow he got when his master's back was turned. So passed his days, till old age, hastened by luxury and inactivity, for he indulged himself too much in sleeping before the parlour fire) brought his attendant infirmities with it — his loss of memory became notorious, and all his faculties became visibly impaired, when his lordship, out of great compas- 






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 sion and regard for him, ordered him to be hung, a death which, excepting a few that were shot for being mad, was the lot of all his ancestors for these two thousand years; and perhaps as many more beyond the extent of our most ancient records. In his person, Pero was remarkably well made, and beautifully spotted with liver colour, except on his left hind leg, where he wore two black spots; one of his ears was a little torn, occasioned by the riot in the kennel already mentioned. He had great expresson in his countenance; when his lordship would hold up to him the wing of a fowl, or a slice of venison, he would leer at it slily, and wag his tail, and turn up one ear as if listening with great attention, which together with the arch cast of his eyes, gave him a wonderful look of sagacity, He was firm in his friendship, and grateful to his benefactors, whom he would attend night and day, but he was vindictive to a high degree, and could never forbear growling when any who had used him ill entered the parlour while he lay at his lordship's feet. He was greatly addicted to concubines, by whom he has left a numerous progeny, which are highly prized by the best huntsmen in this kingdom. He was also a great thief, for which the cook and butler gave him many a curse, and not a few hard blows; but it must be said in his vindication, that he never stole any thing except when he was hungry. We had almost forgot to mention to posterity, that half his tail was cut off; this was done, by the celebrated Tom Snipe already mentioned; the reason he gave for it was, that the weight of his tail might riot break his back when he was in hard running; so happy is it for youth to fall into the hands of ingenious preceptors, and so ridiculous is the saying of the poet.

God never made his works for man to mend.

In a word, he was a dog.

“Take him for all in all, we ne’er shall see his like again.”








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