At left - photo Feb ’52 Mrs Mayne' Heatherbelle Priscilla’ Martha bred by Mrs Melluish - Parkhurst Rufus' dau Heatherbelle Priscilla ex Altnacraig Eric' son Knockrivoch Eric –. She was the Fanifold foundation brood and, mated to Heatherbelle Rajah, produced ch Fanifold Unity & F- Undine, the latter dam to Zimapan Krahina, Z- Queen of Sheba & Z - Silver Queen. Fanifold Mastiff puppies were KC registered being bred by Mrs Fanny C Mayne - Three Corner Park Calstock Cornwall. – Centre – photo dd Oct ’54. Ch Havengore Hotspot’ paternal grandsire ch Salyng Aethelwulf b Dec ’51 – bred by Mr Wilfred Herbert Harvey, arable & stock farmer of Blake House Farm Rayne nr Braintree Essex - Valiant Diadem' dau Rayne Valerie ex Heatherbelle Rajah –. Ch Salyng Aethelwulf – 33i 198 lb - was owned by Mrs Pamela A Korda née Taylor who married in '48 at Westminster Mr Peter Vincent Korda '21-88 of High Garth Nightingales lane Chalfont St Giles - ca 30 mls S of Winslow -. Their daughter Victoria M b ’54 married the American actor Brett Halsey b ’33 who divorced in '76 his third wife, the actress Heidi Brühl, known for her participation in the '63 Eurovision Song Contest with the lyric 'Marcel'.
Mr Peter Vincent Korda was the only child of Sir Alexander Korda born Sándor László Kellner ’93-56 film producer and director who first worked in Hollywood during the transition to talkies from ‘26 to ‘30. The change led to divorce from his first wife, the popular Hungarian actress María Corda, who could not make the transition because of her strong accent in English. On 22 September '42, Alexander Korda was knighted at Buckingham Palace by George VI for his contribution to the war effort, the first film director to receive the honour. – At right dd Dec '55 - the English actress Claire Bloom and producer Sir Alexander Korda are presented to Queen Elizabeth II after the premiere of the film 'Richard III', produced by Korda and Bloom starring as ''Lady Anne', the wife of Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales.
Article dd Aug ‘68 about the two-year old Mastiff Benny – ‘belonging to a Leicester man who had became so crippled with artritis that he could not look after him properly’ – It probably goes about Mansatta breeder Mr Fred Bowles, a builder and contractor residing at Hammercliffe Ulverscroft nr Leicester, only a short time before he died dd Q4 ’68 aged 80. He was OEMC President from '63 to '65 when ill health forced him to retire.
Before WWII he owned a/o the sisters Prunella & ch Petronella b '35 – Havengore Bill' dau Hermia ex ch Uther Penarvon -, and bred two litters, ie out of Prunella ex ch Havengore Christopher - resulting in Hammercliffe Gyn, and out of Goldhawk Imperator' grand-dau Deleval Rosamund ex ch Uther Penarvon’ son Herga Pluto which gave Hammercliffe Remus.
After WWII he became one of the driving forces behind the breed revival set up by the OEMC memberships 'cream'. Mr Bowles bred two litters out of the American import Mansatta Jana, 1) sired by Heatherbelle Sterling Silver, and 2) sired by Heatherbelle Rajah which produced a/o Mr Perrenoud’ Mansatta Jumbo, ch Moonsfield Baron’ sire Mansatta Benedict, Mrs Scheerboom’ Mansatta Petronella, and his own ch Mansatta Vilna which, mated to ch Salyng Aethelwulf, produced Mansatta Comedian & M- Comedienne.
Mansatta Petronella' dau Havengore Cathie, mated to Mansatta Comedian, produced Havengore Minty which - along maternal side - grandsired Havengore Hotspot - see at right.
Mr Frederick Bowles judged Mastiffs at cc level six times, the last one at Crufts'63 awarding cc's to Mrs Karen F Howard' Wythybush Oscar by W- Crispin – res ch Havengore Hotspot' son Milf Murias -, and Mr Bill Hanson' ch Blackroc Stormy Petrel – res Milf Murias’ sis Milf Mandora. - For more info re Mr Bowles see Miscellanea Four.
First row – Article dd Aug '56 mentioning 'a Mastiff dog– weighing 175 lbs - was sleeping in a barn a few yards away' -, refers to their ch Moonsfield Baron b Nov '54. - Insert below at right - Mrs Sarah Lloyd-Jones with her Jersey cow Scarlette Xmas Naomi which won the Blythwood Challenge Bowl for the Best Jersey cow or heifer in milk. - Second row - photographs dd April ’60 illustrating an article about ‘Mrs Sarah Lloyd Jones - ed ’14-92 - and her Ryderswell Jersey herd’. About end ’68 the Lloyd-Jones couple & Mrs Greenwell moved two-hundred miles West to Combe End Huish Champflower Somerset, accompanied by the champion Mastiff studs Weatherhill Thor b '62 and his son Buckhall Baron Spencer b '66.
Centre – ‘Good companions – Ryderswell Dreaming Baronet, an eight-year-old bull who has a number of daughters in the herd, and the champion Mastiff Moonsfield Baron, share the same loose-box and yard. Baron has an escape route but they have never been known to have an argument. They are examining pieces of cattle-cake.’ - Note re cattle-cake – ‘A concentrated cattle feed, like a biscuit or hard block, usually made up of various seeds and high in protein. Some common ingredients are linseed, cottonseed, rapeseed, canola, soy, and molassus to improve the taste, for one.’
Above at right - Mrs Greenwell, herdswoman, Mrs Lloyd-Jones and Miss Jennifer Foxon, assistant herdswoman. The present Ryderswell Jersey herd – forty head of stock - was founded in 1952 at Ryderswell Uckfield road Lewes Sussex. Their famous Polperro made history winning four times the London Dairy Show’ Buckhurst Trophy, for no cow of any breed has done this before. The Lephams Bridge farm was also known for its ‘Farm Maid' real Jersey cream ices.
Early '72 they purchased Baron Spencer' 2 1/2 year old daughter Hollesley M Sheba, made her up, and, mated to the then controversial Am import ch Wayside The Devil, she produced their only Mastiff litter, the one affixed Hollesley, containing three champions, ie their own brindled Devil' Advocate, Mrs Liz Degerdon' Dare Devil, and Mrs Pam Day' Devil Dancer which, mated to her cousin ch Copenore Rab - by Sheba' brother ch H- Dagda -, gave Mrs Pam Day' ch Hollesley Rowella, and their own ch Hollesley Medicine Man, the one which sired their last show Mastiff ch Falmorehall Frobisher b '85 out of Medicine Man' grand-dau Falmorehall Call Me Madam.
At right - snapshots of Frobisher taken at Pyleigh manor OEMC ch show Aug ’91 - at the background Frideswide breeder Dr Sheila Monostori -. During almost thirty years Mrs Lloyd-Jones' & Mrs Phil Greenwell' Mastiffs have won cc's. - After Mrs Lloyd-Jones died in '92, Mrs Greenwell '15-07 remained involved into the breed and, if memory is right, her last Mastiff was an unshown adult bitch given by Glynpedr breeder Mr Raymond Boatwright with who she had spent many hours discussing things Mastiff. Mr Boatwright attributed the success of his dogs to knowledge imparted from Mrs Greenwell & her long-term friend Mrs Day.
At left - Champions owned by Mrs Sarah Lloyd-Jones & Mrs Phil Greenwell. - At left dd ca'63 - the Bassett ch Bashful Bert, youngster Weatherhill Thor, Bloodhound ch Barnpark Dominic, and ch Moonsfield Baron. - At right dd ca ’74 – Their Thor' son ch Buckhall Baron Spencer which sired Hollesley ch’s M Sheba & M Dagda. – See for more about Mrs Sarah Lloyd-Jones & Mrs Phil Greenwell a/o Miscellanea Four.
Article by Mrs Phil Greenwell, published in the OEMC Newsletter dd June ’84. Later that year the ‘Mastiff Association’ was conceived under the supervision of a/o Mr Douglas Oliff. It held its 1st championship show in ’94, judged by Cedwalla breeder Mrs Pamela Chidwick – BOB ch Honeycroft Goldilocks b ’91 - ch Honeycroft Eliza’ dau H- Fiddlesticks ex ch Glynpedr Dom Perignon’ son Falmorehall Hudson -, dog cc ch Darkling Paddington Bear b ’91 – Damaria Powerful Magic’ dau Darkling Magic Mistress ex Farnaby Touch of Class’ son ch Trevabyn Mr Snowman -.
Mrs Phillis Joice Wetherell-Greenwell née Pepper b June ’15 at Maymyo nr Mandalay Birma – presently Myanmar - was the daughter of Mr Charles Dennis Wetherell-Pepper b '78 who lived in '01 at Cheriton Elham Kent - Royal Tank Corps Regiment. He went to India, and married in ‘10 at Bombay Miss Ethel Kathleen Kearsey b ‘90 †71 at Watford. Mrs Greenwell’ brother Neville Ernest Wetherell-Pepper, Wing Commander 139 sqdn, made dd 3th May 12 ‘40 a crashlanding with a Bristol Blenheim bomber nr Hoepertingen Belgium Blenheim. Attacking dd 03 June ’41 an ammunition ship he got caught in the blast as it exploded and died - Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).
At left – photo dd Nov ’56 ch Meps Angus b Feb ’55 & bred by Mr Maurice Perrenoud – Valiant Diadem’ dau Wormhill Cora ex ch Mansatta Vilna' brother Mansatta Jumbo - Angus was ch Havengore Balint' & ch Kisumu Fatima’ maternal grandsire. - Centre – photo dd Nov ’57 ch Moonsfield Baron b Nov '54 & bred by Mrs Edna M Harrild - Valiant Diadem’ dau Moonsfield Duchess ex ch Mansatta Vilna' brother Mansatta Benedict – Baron was ch Havengore Drake’ maternal uncle and ch Havengore Dawn’ maternal great-uncle.
At right - photo Oct ’77 the famous Jilgrajon litter – 'As happy families go, this is one to beat ‘em all. Proud mother is a four-year old champion Mastiff, Jilgrajon Lady Victoria. And these are her sixteen little ones. There were seventeen - just six fewer than the American-held world record for a single litter - but one died. Father, owned by Graham Hicks, a Reading market gardener, is called King Edward and his nickname is Spud. All his offspring will be named after other potato varieties. But don’t be misled by the sixteen potential bundles of fun, below. Sooner or later, they’ll grow into 10 stone giants....'
Amongst them 1) ch Jilgrajon Sir Gladstone - here at left -, one of the few ones who has beaten ch Hollesley Medicine Man - namely a/o at Three Counties '80 under Moonsfield breeder Mrs Edna M Harrild & at the OEMC ch show '80 2nd Open Class under Mrs Marie A Moore who wrote - 'nice size, free mover, little lacking in topline.', 3rd Open Class ch Hollesley Medicine Man - 'lacking a little in size but very agile, a little too much wrinkle on body.' -, 2) British Queen which, mated to ch Hollesley Medicine Man, produced Jilgrajon Madame, unfortunately w/out any relevant record, 3) McIntosh which sired Crufts ’86 cc winner ch Luckhurst Goliath out of Luckhurst Millie bred from Celerity parentage, and 4) Lady Désirée purchased by Greenbrier breeder Mrs Belva Funk of Bonner Springs Kansas USA.
The last Havengore litter, ie dd Oct ’63 out of Havengore Adam Dau H- Delia ex ch Havengore Dawn’ brother H- Caradoc counted seventeen pups as well, one of them was Havengore Faith cc winner at the LKA show under Mr Stanley Dangerfield, res cc Mrs Betty Baxter' ch Taddington Diamond Lil -; Faith’ sibling H- Charles went to Mr G Dancer of Canada, and to Mrs F Greco of the States Gina & Henry, the latter great-grandsire of ch Dahlseide Odin.
At left – article dd July ’30 sketching a platform for, reportedly, the largest one-day championship dog show outside London. The Harrogate Kennel Association became conceived in the mid-thirties and presided by Mr Edmund Giffard Oliver of Hellingly repute. In '34, the Harrogate Agricultural Society's four days' event ended up with a championship show organised by the Big Breed Canine Society under the generalship of the same Mr Oliver. Next year, there was a break between the Harrogate Agricultural Society and the Harrogate Kennel Association. - Centre dd Dec ‘37 – Arovot, 2nd prize winner in the Any Variety Non-Sporting Class at the Sanction show Belvedere Harrogate, judged by Mr George Wallwork of Leeds, and organised under the Harrogate Kennel Association' umbrella. Arovot b ’31 bred by Mrs I Formstone – Hellingly Babs – ch Dervot Dawn ex Menai Anglesea - ex Mr Geo Joice’ ch Arolite -, was owned by Mrs Renée Crampton b ‘10, the wife of Ernest Wm Crampton b '89, Agriculture Auctioneer Valuer of The Paddock Easingwold nr Alne York. Arovot sired Mrs D MacDougall' Jubilee Major 2nd in Mid-Limit at Crufts '37 under Major Harding Cox - cc ch Hellingly Ajax’ son Kinder Monarch owned by Mr Fred Webb, butcher of Lawnswood road Wordsley nr Stourbridge .
At right dd Sept '38 - The local Mayor hugging a Mastiff led by a lady at the Harrogate Kennel Association Show - Mastiffs judged by Mr Holland Buckley awarding cc’s to ch Broomcourt Romeo and ch Hellingly Prudence, the latter sis to Tiddicar ch’s General & Diana b ’33 bred by Mr Leonard Crook – T- Venus ex ch Hellingly Cardinal –. The then Major was the grandson of a French Army officer born during the reign of Napoleon I whose son Mr Joseph Boehrer Charles - born ‘60 in Alsace - came to England in the 1880s and began the hairdressing business carried on by his two sons, the eldest one being Joseph Boehrer Charles jun, of 24 Ripon road Harrogate - Master Hairdresser On Own Accounts.
Harrogate’ short-term breeder Mr Geoffrey Charles Pollock Gudgeon, b ’00 - † ‘69 at the Yorkshire seaside town Whitby - commercial traveller of Cold Bath road Harrogate - owned the Pinetrees kennels, and bred dd Sept ’27 a litter out of Pinetrees Nanette b ’26 bred by Mrs I Formstone – ch King Baldur’ dau Hardingham Lady Lydia ex ch Ashenhurst Cedric - sired by ch Prince bred by Mrs John Evans of St Helier Isle of Wight,, amongst them Pinetrees Bernardo exported to Mrs Joanna H Chapman née Highley b ’84, the wife of MCOA Treasurer Mr Paul Wadsworth Chapman - banker & businessman -, of North Street Greenwich Fairfield Connecticut; the same year the couple imported Goodbreed Mattesdon Tondelayo – Westcroft Flavia ex Mr Greenwood’ ch Duke -, too.
Nanette’ dam Hardingham Lady Lydia became grand-dam to the world-famous ch Hellingly Ajax & Crufts ’32 cc winner ch s Michael, owned by Mrs Frances Samuelson of Lympne, too. Mr Gudgeon sold his Nanette to Miss Liddell of Felixstowe, and re-named Benton Nanette, she produced dd ‘30 a large litter sired by ch Westcroft Blaise’ son Benton Adonis.
At right – 1) Mr GCP Gudgeon’ Pinetrees Diane (l) & Pinetrees Bernardo ®. – Dd ’39 he resided at 5 Milton Road Harrogate with his wife Dorothy, their daughter Maxine M b ‘27 and son John A b ‘32 . His wife Dorothy b '96 was the daughter of Mr Fred Foster of Trees Diary farm Pannal nr Harrogate; she became partner in the Dairy family business at Leeds Road Harrogate, 2) dd March ’33 about Mr Geoffrey C P Gudgeon’ brother Mr Stanley Mays Gudgeon b ’02 at Ecclesall Bierlow, son of Mr Charles Gudgeon b ’64, commercial traveller (gloves) m dd ’99 Miss Edith Mary Burdett b ’73; in ’01 they lived at 22 Eastgrove road Ecclesall Bierlow nr Sheffield. Mr Geoffrey Gudgeon’ mother Edith died in '22 at Harrogate, his father a year later in New Jersey US at Retreat road Burlington - ca 30 mls East of Philadelphia.
Articles dd Oct & Dec ’46, few months before the first post-WW II Mastiff litter was born, ie bred by Mrs L J Head - out of Coldblow Sally ex Templecoombe Torus -, producing Captain Keith F H Hulbert’ brood Fithend Nydia which, mated to the Am import Valiant Diadem, produced six litters containing 30+ puppies. Together with litters out of Miss Bell’ Heatherbelle Portia, and Mr Fred Bowles' Mansatta Jana, the future of Mastiff breeding in Britain became a lot rosier. Second row – Believed to be the only photograph of Valiant Diadem and Frithend Nydia. – At right - Fritham' Royal Oak, within short-walking distance from the Captain’ Fritham Grange, is one of the oldest pubs in the New Forest and meeting place of the 'New Forest Buckhounds’ hunters.
At left – Article dd Nov ’80; the then average weekly wage of the working class being £1 or even less. – Centre – Painting dd ’72 – ‘A St Bernard, a Gordon Setter, and a Mastiff on the lawn before a country house.' - by Mr Edwin Frederick Holt 1830-12, of 16 Wellington Terrace Redan Hill Aldershot Hants, who, four years earlier, was commissioned by the Wynnes to paint their ch King' son Monarch Monarch - see at right - as well.
Report dd Feb ’86 about the Crystal Palace Kennel Club Show judged by Dr John Sidney Turner. - At right - special prize winners Mr W K Taunton' ch Griselda and Mr Mark Beaufoy' ch His Majesty King Canute by ch Beau - drawn by Mr Richard H Moore. Ch Griselda, mated to ch Hotspur, produced Mr Taunton’ Lord Hatton b ’90 which sired three litters, ie 1) out of Mr W N Higgs’ ch Coombe Baroness a/o Mr Higgs’ Viscount, 2) out of Mr Beanland’ Vestala II a/o Lyndhurst Rotha – the latter maternal grand-dam of ch Hazlemere Archie’ & ch Czar Peter, and 3) out of Mr Guillan’ Gyp a/o Lady Doughty. – Ch His Majesty King Canute sired only one litter, ie out of Mr Luke Crabtree’ Dora II resulting in Lady Canute, dam of Rev Henry Van Doorne’ ch Jack Thyr.
At left - Sandy Dog show dd Aug '36 featuring a/o ch Broomcourt Marcon’ sis Sandy Gay Lass b ‘34 bred by Broomcourt breeder Mr Ben Bennett - ch Broomcourt Comedienne ex ch Hellingly Marksman -, and owned by Mr Mark Young, market gardener of Sandy, together with Crufts ’35 cc winner under Cleveland breeder Mr Herbert, namely Deleval Ascelin – Goldhawk Imperator’ grand-dau D- Richilda ex Mrs Dickin’ Thor by Menai Comet -. Insert - article dd Nov '32.
At right - Article dd Aug '32 which might explain the origin of Mrs Winifred M Edger’ kennel name ‘Deleval’. - Sir Francis Blake Delaval - or spelt Deleval - 1727-71 was an actor, soldier and Member of Parliament. He was the eldest son of Captain Francis Blake Delaval - or Deleval - RN of Seaton Delaval – or Deleval - Hall - ca 10 mls from Newcastle, birth place of her husband Mr John Warren Edger.
Mrs Edger bred from six broods eleven litters between ’28-35. Her foundation brood was Deleval Gyda bred by, arguably, the long-term fancier Mr Robert J Burch of Sondddburg roaaaaaaad Holloway London - Poor Joe' Lady Vera ex ch Woden -, which produced two litters sired by ch Havengore Bill, resulting in - 1) Deleval Sir Galahad – see centre in the car & at right –, - 2) Bilichilde, which mated to Rufus, produced Miss Bell’ ch Uther Penarvon, - 3) Havengore Diana, which mated to Bill’ son Havengore Mark, produced ch Havengore Christopher, - 4) Deleval Torfrida - arguably the one standing in the centre pic -, mated to Goldhawk Imperator, gave Deleval Paladin; and - 5) Deleval Naida, mated to ch Ashenhurst’ son Oakwood Rex, resulted in Deleval Hereward. - The 3rd Gyda litter was sired by Mrs Dickin' Thor - by Comet Menai -, and gave Crufts '35 cc winner Mrs Mark Young' Deleval Ascelin.
Deleval Gyda aside, Mrs Winifred M Edger purchased two other ‘outside’ broods, - 1) Goldhawk Elsie’ sis Deleval Glorianna b ‘31 bred by Woodbrook breeder Mrs Rose Langton – Woodbrook Tess ex Sioux Chief – which produced two litters sired by Goldhawk Imperator’ son Deleval Paladin, - a) D- Richilda, the latter mated to ch Uther Penarvon’ son The Druid, gave Mrs Frances Woolley’ ch D- Alftruda, & - b) D- Rosamund exported to the American Mr Chas A Ackerman; and - 2) Deleval Joanne, 'arguably' bred by Mr Herbert Cook – Hellingly Queen Bess' niece Cleveland Joy ex ch Woden’ son Cleveland Comedian - which, a) mated to D- Paladin, gave D- Gaita & D- Deidre, b) mated to D- Hereward, resulted in D- Boadicea, Coldblow Sally' maternal grand-dam & paternal great-grand-dam.
Deleval breeder Mrs Winifred Mary née Henton b ’94 Tufnell Park N London, was the daughter of Arthur Walter Henton, dd ’11 wine assistant of 199 Melrose Avenue Willesden - Hendon, and grand-daughter of Mr Edwin Royce - cattle farmer 164 acres & 'Guardian of the Poor' of Langham Rutland -. She married at Hendon nr London in ’1916 Mr John Warren Edger b 1878 Newcastle Northumberland, dd ’11 Manufacturers agent (hosiery) of Olive Grove Hillside Road Leigh On Sea - Essex, dd ’19 'Commercial traveller' of Oakleigh Gardens - see at left - Whetstone - ca 10 mls N of London City, later - until ‘29 business-associate of the ‘George Rogers & Co’ firm – manufacturers of Ladies’ Underclothing at 7 Hamsell street London -. The Edgers moved around 1930 from The Homestead Langdon Hills nr Basildon to Chalk Pit Cottage Pilgrims Way Kemsing nr Sevenoaks . The 1939 register mentions her as the wife of Mr Albert Victor Eames, Inspector of Aircraft parts of 259 Farleigh Road Warlingham nr Croydon - London. She † in '71 at Paddington.
At left - Article dd Dec 1876. WikiVisually quote - 'An often repeated claim is that British fighting dogs were brought to Rome and proved superior to the molossi. The widely-repeated ‘fallacy’ (as Mr M B Wynne describes it in his 1886 book History of the Mastiff) that - ‘At the time of the Roman dominion over Britain there existed an officer (Procurator Cynegii), who was stationed at Winchester, and that his business was to select Mastiffs or Bulldogs, and forward them to Rome to fight in the amphitheatre.’ - originated in a misreading or conjecture in the text of Notitia Dignitatum by the XVIth century author Wolfgangus Lazius: for the manuscript gynaecii ‘of the weaving factory' he proposed cynegii ‘of the hunt'. Lazius' reading is noted, but not accepted, by William Camden in Britannia; it is not even mentioned by most modern historians. In spite of dismissal by Camden, Wynne and later authorities, the story of a 'Procurator Cynegii' can still be found in recent dog literature.’ –
But this doesn’t wipe off the Roman connection, as a/o Julius Caesar, in his account of the Roman invasion of Britain in 55 BC, described how the Britons fought side by side with warriors dogs. The Romans were impressed by the dogs and called them ‘Pugnaces' or ‘the Broad-mouthed dogs of Britain', and brought some of the dogs back to Rome and forced them to battle in the arena. – Below - 'Extract of the 70 meters long Bayeux tapestry depicting King Harold with a group of hunting (war?) dogs, and including 'fighting' dogs below in the left corner. It was probably made in England around 1068 and it displays the leading up to the Battle of Hastings (14-10-1066).' -
Ashmont Tiger’ owner Mr Robert R Oesterreich b ’50, of Mineral Spring kennels 1618 Hastings street Detroit Michigan, was arguably involved into the ‘Wyandotte Mineral Springs Co’ - see below at right -. Hastings street was one of the main avenues in ‘Black Bottom', named after the bottom and rich marsh soils of the River Savoyard which was buried as a sewer in 1836; Mr Robert R Oesterreich was an amateur photographer - a/o of a Detroit policeman - see below at left -. In ’89 Ashmont Tiger was owned by Mr Fred E Fisher.
The rich brindle Ashmont Tiger was bred by Dr Joseph Franklin Perry '46-09, of Ashmont kennels Boston. His sire Dr Perry’ Ilford Cromwell – see insert above at left - b '81, inbred by Mr W K Taunton - ch Cardinal’ dau Cleopatra ex ch Cardinal -, became one of the first American champions and was reported in a Kennel Gazette dd ’82 as - 'sour headed with badly set ears ans sly suspicious looking eye.' -, Rev Mellor' comment at Crystal Palace '83 was – ‘Cromwell has a fine frame, but he is more like a boarhound in head than a Mastiff.’-. In ‘85 Dr JF Perry purchased two English bred specimens , 1) from Richard Cook ‘Lorna Doone’ born ’82 - ch Crown Prince ex ch Ilford Baroness - bred by Mrs Frances L Carslake of Greenfield Bridgewater Somerset & 2) from Dr Forbes Winslow' auction dd '84 ‘Bal Gal’ born ’83 - ch Beau ex ch Wolsey’ brother Prince’ daughter Lady - bred by Mr Clementson . The following year Dr Perry wrote to the Old English Mastiff Club suggesting the formation of an American branch of the OEMC.
Report about the Albany KC Show March '89. Wacouta Nap b '84, owned by Mr R A Craig Wacouta kennels St Paul Minnesota, and bred by Mr Richard Morgan, of Rhayader Wales, was younger brother of Dr Chas Lougest ch Albert Victor - see at left -; their paternal grandsire Wallace may arguably have been the one sired by Mr Nichols' Big Ben. - Dr Perry wrote several works on dogs ~ 1891 ‘Dogs ~ Their Management & Treatment in Disease : A Study of the theory & Practice of Canine Medicine’, credited in America and Europe as the best work on the subject ever written ~ 1893 ‘Kennel Secrets’ , illustrated with a considerable amount of interesting depictions of English & American doggy people annex dogs.' - The same year he co-founded The Fancier’s Journal with another contentious figure of that era, Mr Charles Houseman Mason. Dr Perry’ esteem for Mr Mason was reflected in his introduction to Kennel Secrets where he thanked Mason for 'his great kindness, sterling criticism, many valuable suggestions, and constant assistance.' Messrs Perry & Mason were notoriously outspoken critics. Their favorite targets included top winning dogs, high profile judges, and especially AKC. Perry got off to a bad start with AKC from the get-go. Among other things, his big mouth got him ejected from the New England Kennel Club. Along with other high profile fanciers like James Watson, he vociferously objected to the idea of structuring AKC as a 'club of clubs', rather than an organization more similar to England’ Kennel Club.
From the Stock-Keeper dd June '97 and arguably written by its ironic editor Mr George R Krehl - 'The Editor of Field Sports (USA) says that Mr Chas Mason' 'boorish manners and self-conceit have brought him into general comtempt.' , and again he is called 'the personification of egotism and effrontery.', from which it may be reasonably concluded that the editor and Mr Mason have had a difference of opinion. Frankly, we do not think much of this as abuse, and it must be rather disappoint the subject who had reason to suppose that his prominent position in the kennel world merited some worse.' - It arguably goes about Sports Afield, the oldest continuously published outdoor - hunting & fishing - magazine in North America, founded in 1887 by Mr Claude King - Denver Colorado and publ by Field Sports, presently located in Huntingdon California.
At left – Comment re the Islington Dog Show June ’65 – illustration to be found on this page Misc Eight - by Mr Loftus Leigh Pemberton, one of the earliest Mastiff judges and the breeder of 1) Mr Bamford’ Wolf - WhyNot ex Bill George’ Tiger -, who grandsired Mr Hanbury’ ch’s Rajah & Queen, and Mr Elwell’ ch Taurus, and 2) ch Granby’ grand-dam Pemberton Jenny. - Centre – Remarks by Mr Edwin Probert, committee member of the London Dog Show Company together with a/o Messrs John Wm Guppy and Jemmy Shaw; Mr Edwin Probert, reportedly ‘the great fancier of Cheltenham’, was a boot closer, carrying on business as a beerhouse keeper, licensed dealer in tobacco, and dog dealer as well. –
Above at right dd May ’97 – Thirty-two years later Mr Loftus Leigh Pemberton '32-07 - sitting in the centre - being the 4th son of the late Edward Leigh Pemberton. Registrar of the Supreme Court since ’75. His Motto—‘Ut tibi sic alteri ‘ aka ‘As to yourself so to another’; residence — 29 Rutland Gate , once the city residence of Daniel Meinertzhagen VI b ’42 of Brockwood Park, head of a merchant-bank dynasty with an international reputation, second in importance to the Rothschilds. Loftus Leigh Pemberton authored a/o – ‘The Judgments and Orders of the Court of Appeal and High Court of Justice’. -
1865 was also the year Mr Tom Sayers - 'the famous English bare-knuckle prize fighter, died. His effects were sold and brought about £550; his well-known Mastiff ‘Lion' - ed see at left - was put up like a slave at New Orleans, and knocked down to Mr Warner, of the Welsh Harp Hendon, for £39. When it was announced that he had been bought for the public gardens of a suburban sporting hostelry, the dog looked as pleased as his owner. For he had been so used to this excitement of a public life that, if he had gone into refinement after the trying scenes he had recently endured, I believe he would have fretted himself to death.’ Three years later the Birmingham Show report says – ‘We hear of judges referring to Reinagle’ paintings – ed see at right - to guide their judgment as to the true style of head which should be perpetuated as a standard type for the formidable old English Mastiff.’ –
At left the front page of S W Smith' Catalogue, Fall 1891 Cochranville Chester Co PA. Thoroughbred Farm -, Sporting -, House -, and Pet Dogs, at Lowest Prices - Mastiffs purchased & shipped next to pigs, cows, sheep, poultry, &c.
Mr Samuel W Smith b ’48 writes - ‘I herewith give cuts, descriptions, and prices of dogs I raise and have raised for me from thoroughbred and imported stock, great care has been taken in selecting original breeders and they have been mated with the view, if possible, to even improve on the original stock. The extent of my stock enables me at almost any season to supply whatever may be called for; I keep my stock on different farms so that they are free from disease, which is almost sure to follow when they are kept in a limited space, besides the opportunity for training being very much better. I can supply full-grown dogs in most breeds, but consumers will find it to their advantage to purchase when they are up to twelve weeks old and can train to their fancy, and the shipping will be attended with less expense.’
The chronological list of imported stock of twenty-four breeds for sale – Mastiff, St John’ Labrador, English Shepherd Dog, St Bernard, Irish Water Spaniel, Thoroughbred Foxhound, Russian Bloodhound, Scotch Colley Shepherd, English Greyhound, King Charles Spaniel, English Beagle Hound , English Setter, Cocker Spaniel, English Fox Terrier, Dachshund, Clumber Spaniel, English Fox Harrier, Skye Terrier, English & Scotch Terrier, English Pugs, Japanese Spaniels English Greyhound, Italian Greyhound & English Bulldog.
Mr Samuel W Smith’ average prizes for dog pups 2 to 4 months old $30 each, dogs of 1 to 2 years old $50 while sheer for comparison the price of pure blood Shorthorn Calves 2 to 6 months old from $50, Bulls 1 to 2 years old from $125 up to $200. His business of livestock was located at Cochranville Chester – Pennsylvania, only hundred forty miles South West from New York.
The rural village Cochranville was founded in 1725 by James Cochran who came to the Octoraro Valley with a small band of Scotch-Irish settlers and in time opened a roadside inn next to the Shawnee Indian reservation.
The left drawing, used to illustrate the text about the Mastiff within the ‘S W Smith Catalogue‘, was from the same artist - Mr L Wells - as the drawing of THV Lukey’ Wallace b '55 , published in Stonehenge’ book ‘The Dog in health & disease‘ dd '59. - So one could wonder about the date the left drawing was published, as the same artist - ie Mr L Wells - drew also the illustration of Mr Thomas H V Lukey’ Governor b ‘61 which was published in Stonehenge’ edition dd '66. In any case, the Catalogue drawing was outdated in order to document the breed ideal at a time specimens as a/o ch Beaufort or Am ch Minting were considered as representing the breed at best and America had a great breed connoisseur, Mr William Wade of Oakmont - Pennsylvania. - At extreme left - trade card of McLaughlin' Coffee depicting Am ch Minting.
The Mastiff breeder Rev Frederick Harrison Hichens '36-21, was vicar of Speldhurst Tunbridge Wells – Kent. His son Mr Robert Smythe Hichens ‘64–50 was – wiki quote – ‘a journalist, novelist, music lyricist, short story writer, music critic and collaborated on successful plays. He is best remembered as a satirist of the 'Naughty Nineties’. He was educated at Clifton College, the Royal College of Music and early on had a desire to be a musician. Later in life he would be a music critic on the World, taking the place of George Bernard Shaw. He studied at the London School of Journalism. Hichens was a great traveller. Egypt was one of his favourite destinations – he first went there in the early ‘90s for his health. For most of his later life he lived outside England, in Switzerland and the Riviera. Hichens first novel, The Coastguard' Secret dd '86 was written when he was only seventeen. He first became well known among the reading public with The Green Carnation ‘94, a satire of Hichens' friends Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas.’ -
Rev F H Hichens bred two litters out of Big Ben’ Mab - 1st prize winner at Crystal Palace '75 -, dd ’77 sired the Wynnes' Young King, and dd '78 sired by ch The Shah - see at left - amongst the latter litter were 1) Mrs Geo Willins’ Gurth - 1st prize Puppy Class at Alexandra Palace Palace ’79 – Gurth sired Mr Thomas W Carr’ Nevison which, on his turn, sired Dora II, Rev Van Doornes ch Jack Thyr’ maternal grand-dam; Nevison was purchased by Mr Wm M Graham, of Broomhill Belfast, who sold him to the well-known fancier Mr Chas Houseman Mason living in the States -, 2) Mr Woolmore’ Deva – 1st prize at Brighton ‘80 -, and in ’81 3rd prizes at Alexandra Palace & Margate -, and 3) Max , the latter purchased by Lord Hinton ‘27–99 aka William Henry Poulett , dd ’64 Earl Poulett.
This Lord Hinton, seated at Hinton House Hinton St George – Somerset, was heavily involved in steeplechasing as a racehorse owner whose cerise-and -blue colours were most famed for being carried to victory twice in the Grand National, ie dd ‘68 & ‘71 by 'The Lamb'. Mrs Geo Willins was strongly involved into racehorses as well, and here may be the Mastiff link since both owned ch The Shah’ sons, ie Gurth & Max, the latter transferred to Horace Wright and then to Stefano Castelli, of the London Stock Exchange, quite soon.
First row - report about the Birmingham Show dd Dec ’75 judged by Mr Edgar Hanbury. Bowness b '74 bred/owned by Mr John Hartley of Windermere, - ch’s Briton’ & Hector' sis Lupa ex Mr Green' ch Monarch -; Mr Wynne' Peeress - out of Open Class winner Empress ex ch King -; the Wynnes' 'dreadful eared' Duchess was Peeress' sis. – Second row – report about the Crystal Palace Show dd June ’76. – Modoc b ’72 bred/owned by Mr Emile Portier – ch Turk’ Nell ex Mr Green’ ch Monarch -; British Lion bred/owned by Mr John Hartley – Lupa ex Mr Dickenson’ Lion -; Wallace bred/owned by Mr Edwin Nichols – ch Turk’ grand-dau Jenny ex ch Punch’ brother Big Ben -; Thyra bred/owned by Mrs Mary Rawlinson – Sultan’ dau Duchess ex ch Turk’ son ch Granby -; Hebe bred by Mr Menlove – Paris’ dau Mabel ex Mr Green’ ch Monarch -, and owned by Mr Edward Barron Broomhall b ’48 Madras India, colonial broker of Mount Pleasant Terrace High road Lewisham – London. – At right – Birmingham Dog Show '76 prize-winners incl Mr Wm Henry Balliston’ ch The Shah – Mr Lukeys Baron’ dau Ino ex Mr Hanbury ch Rajah -.
Dd Aug ’67 - Article about Kimble, owned by Mr Philip Hayman, bookmaker of Brentwood road Sheffield. This ‘Kimble’ refers to Juana Kimble b Oct ’65 bred by Mrs W Jones out of Taddington Emma sired by ch Havengore Balint; owned by Mr Hayman, Kimble got the LKA ’66 cc under Miss Barbara Blackstone – res Frideswide Oliver - and the Crufts ’67 reserve cc under Havengore breeder Mrs Scheerboom – cc ch Kisumu Balthasar -, after which Mr P Hayman sold him to Buckhall breeder Major Gerald Denis B Reardon ’23-82 and got a 2nd res cc under Mr W E Foster at Birmingham ’68 – cc ch Kisumu Balthasar’ sibling ch Copenore Bardolph -. Juana Kimble got no progeny but his younger brother Mrs S Monostori’ Frideswide Kis Balint became ch Canonbury Autobiography’ and ch Jilgrajon Lady Victoria’ maternal grandsire.
At left - Ch Monarch b ‘71 owned/bred by Mr Octavius Green, of Boyne House Uxbridge Road Kensington, - Bill George Tiger’ grand-dau Nell ex Lord Marsham Dick' son Hercules -, the latter owned by the Wynnes. - Centre Report about about the Crystal Palace Show dd June ’75 judged by Rev Thomas Pearce ’20-85 aka Idstone, author of canine books. Ch Lottie maternal grand-dam of Negress, the latter maternal grand-dam of ch’s Orlando, Hotspur, Lady Isalbel, Rosalind, and Lady Gladys. - Ch Countess, dam of ch The Emperor. Vril - ch Hector' grand-dau Maud ex Big Ben' brother ch Punch -. - Modoc - ch Turk’ dau Nell ex Mr Green’ ch Monarch -. -Montague owned by Mr Edward Shaw of 15 Brighton terrace Brighton road London. Saxon - ch King' dau Rose ex Big Ben’ brother ch Punch -. Mr Nichols’ Mab, the one purchased by Rev F H Hichens of Speldhurst - Rev Rowe Leo' dau ch Stella ex Big Ben -. - Gurth – Mr Lindoe’ Druid ex Miss M Hales’ ch Lion -, owned by William Charles Thomas Dobson ’17-98, RA of Eldon House Hampstead.
At right - The Birmingham Dog Show dd Dec ’75 - judged by Mr Edgar Hanbury -, and commented by John Henry Walsh ’10-88 FRCS aka Stonehenge, the then sporting correspont of Bell' Life in London & Sporting Chronicle. - ‘The brindled brutes that won at Birmingham' - refers to Mr Frederick G Banbury' ch Wolsey - ch Queen ex ch Rajah -.
Wiki quote - 'Bell's Life in London & Sporting Chronicle was a pink broadsheet founded by printer-publisher Mr Robert Bell who sold it to William Innell Clement, owner of The Observer. From ‘24 to 1852 it was edited by Vincent George Dowling, and became Britain' leading sporting newspaper, without which no gentleman' Sunday was quite complete. Dowling' son, Frank Lewis Dowling, effectively edited the paper during the last year of his father's life, and succeeded him as editor from ‘52 to ‘67. By the 1860s Bell's Life was facing competition from The Field, The Sportsman, Sporting Life, and The Sporting Times. In ‘85 Mr Edward Hulton bought Bell's Life and made it a daily, but in ‘86 it was absorbed by Sporting Life. - Though Bell's Life is now best known as a racing paper it began life as an anti-establishment general newspaper aimed at the working class. For thirty years it remained the principal source of racing news while its general news with its acid comment, full coverage of scandal and cartoons provides an entertaining picture of Victorian Britain.' -
418 1419 First row - At left photo dd Aug ’35 of the 17m old Cleveland Comedian' dau (Broomcourt) Gay Lass, kennel mate of Crufts ’35 cc winner Ch Deleval Ascelin, both owned by Mr Mark Young b ’95-48 – see centre -, market gardener of The Towers 23 Bedford Road Sandy nr Biggleswade Beds, m in ’22 Miss Alice Eleanor Symonds b ’98 of Craigside The Headlands Kettering. Or his father Mr Mark Young b '70-46, market gardener – see at right - m in ’94 Miss Annie Darnell. Second row - Article dd Aug ’27 – In the teeth of the yammering, he made a great fortune on the garden market. - ‘Mr Mark Young senr, of Broadlands & The Towers of Sandy, next to St Swithin Church - see at right -, accompanied the First International Congress on Soil Science on a 15,000 mile trip including a tour of 9,490 miles in USA and Canada.' –
At left – Mr Edmund G Oliver’ Blackpool ’36 judge report - cc ch H- Cardinal’ son ch Tiddicar General – res cc Deleval Ascelin -. - Centre – Mrs Dickin Thor' son Deleval Ascelin b Sept '31 won at Crufts ’33 under Mr Guy P Greenwood the 30 Guinea OEMC Cup for Best Mastiff under 18 months. His greatest achievements were Crufts '35 cc judged by Cleveland breeder Mr Herbert Cook - res cc Broomcourt Jem -, and the Big Breeds Canine Society ’36 cc under Mr Wm Norman Higgs seconded by ch H- Ajax’ son Hellingly Duke -; Ascelin got two other reserve cc’s, ie at Crufts '34 under Mr Sam Crabtree – cc ch Hellingly Marksman -, at Crystal Palace ‘34 under Miss Alice Sarah Pope - cc Joseph’ son Hellingly Beau -. Ascelin’ brother D- Wulfric - see extreme right -, owned by Mr/MrsYoung as well, was, reportedly, 31 inches at shoulder and weighing 11 stone at the age of 12 months; his best result was a 3rd prize Open Class at Crystal Palace Oct ‘32 under Mr Arthur Croxton Smith - cc ch Cinque Ports Michael - res cc ch Cleveland Premier' son Hellingly Victor -.
Quote from the Ladies Kennel Journal January-June 1896 – ‘These facts lend considerable support to the legends of the Hospice that the first St Bernard was a cros between a Danish Mastiff and a mountain sheep-dog. Most of the puppies were born rough-coated, and these the monks parted with readily, but the smooth being more useful were rarely allowed to go out of their hands. The two varieties find about equal favour, but no one van now speak of preserving thev’original strain’ of St Bernards, for that is lost, but the one which most nearly approaches it is the short-coated. Her Majesty has possessed speciment of each. The first was Melina. She was, as will be seen from our photograph, a smooth-coated dog, and of the day, an excellent one. Her grave is near Albert Bridge, and on it we read – Melina, favourite St Bernard of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Died 14th May 1867. – At left – The Queen’ own room at the immensely large kennels of stunning Victorian residential quality, amidst Windsor Castle’ Home Park off Frogmore road. The room is filled with canine paintings, a/o of her Thibetan Mastiff ‘Bout’. – At right – Melina, a bitch which might have resembled a lot of then boarhoundy (English) Mastiffs.
Presently, there’s no document which indicates she ever owned an (English) Mastiff, but her son H R H Prince of Wales, of Marlborough House, owned the Mastiff Duchess b ’64 KCSB 2367 – Rahne ex Mr Hanbury’ Prince by Mr Lukey’ Governor -; Duchess was awarded a 2nd prize at Islington Dairy Farm dd ’69 – 1st prize Mr Lukey’ ch Beauty – Governor’ dau Treasure ex ch King -.
At left – Report dd June '69 about the 1st show - 958 entries - of the 'National Dog Club' at Islington Dairy Farm Liverpool road London which states 1) Druid – Mr Hanbury ch Queen’ sire -, is the largest that has been seen since Mr Hanbury’ Prince – the latter paternal grandsire of ch Rajah which sired ch Wolsey, and 2) in the right-hand corner is H R H the Prince of Wales’ Druid, arguably transferred to Mr Philip James Dardier Lindoe - Royal Engineers Bournemouth, and entered in the first KCSB under No 2290 b '65 & bred by Mr W Elmsley – Bathurst’ Juno ex Mr Lukey’ Wallace –. At right – Engraving by Mr Samuel Carter ‘35–92 whose son Mr Howard Carter ’74-39 was an archaeologist and Egyptologist who became world-famous after discovering the intact tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh ‘Tutankhamun' in November 1922. - The Mastiff in the left-hand corner is ch Turk, so not Mr Lukey’ ch Beauty as assumed in page ‘The Blue and Other Blood of the Victorian Era'. Quite interestingly is the Dandie Dimmont Bandy, owned by Mastiff authority Rev Wm J Mellor.
Presumed both illustrations present authentic examples of their respective era – 1847 vs 1909 -, the difference in type seems obvious. Coat & colours aside, the left one nearing early Mastiff types, the right ones resembling first-class Mastiffs of the early XIX c. Both breeds share the Alpine Mastiff as common ancestor, were cross-bred with other large breeds, but type-wise the St Bernard - & Mastiff breed proceeded in a remarkably similar way.
Ch Frigga Secunda b ’90 & bred by Mr Chas Court Rice – ch Orlando’ dau ch Frigga ex ch Beaufort’ son Sir Staffford –. In the well-known drawing 'Ideal Mastiffs’, by Mr Arthur Wardle, Frigga Secunda is standing in front of her dam Frigga. On the occasion of the Crystal Palace ’91, Ilford breeder Mr Richard Cook wrote in his judge report – ‘My first choice was that of Frigga Secunda on account of her enormous proportions, and all so well combined.’ - Other reports mention – ‘large size, moves with great ease, very full eye being too light as well.’ -
Quote - 'Ch Frigga Secunda won the Forty Guineas Cup six times and left the show bench unbeaten.' - Note - In '91 she was beaten for the challenge award at Crystal Palace and Agricultural Hall by her dam ch Frigga, and at Birmingham by Captain Piddocke’ ch Jubilee Beauty, the latter mated to ch Ogilvie, produced one of the most valued Victorian studs, ie Tom Bowling which fathered ch Peter Piper, grandsired ch Holland' Black Boy & ch Colonel Cromwell, great-grandsired ch Felix, ch Countess Invicta, and ch British Monarch. Ch Frigga Secunda produced show winners Osburga II & Dynevor, the latter Mr Wm Norman Higgs ch Ha Ha' sire; Frigga II' brother Cardinal Beaufort went to the American fancier Mr James Whitney, Flower kennels - Rochester NY.
Article dd Nov ’34 about Mr Chas Ackerman' Duke Legh of Lyme b Feb ’34 bred by Dr Wayne Alter - Goring Gem ex St Paul Mike -. Goring Gem b Dec '32 bred by Miss F M Crump - Wyndley Boadicea (ch Menai Yosemite ex ch Havengore Bill) ex Mrs Dickin' Thor by Menai Comet -; St Paul Mike – Bayberry June – Betty* x Mrs Evans ch Prince’ son Thor des Isles - ex ch Cleveland Premier’ son Hellingly Caractacus -. Note – Betty out of ch Weland’ dau Wingfield Eanfleda ex ch Weland’ son Wingfield Orlando. Quote - 'Duke is descended from Mastiff which won fame at battle of Agincourt', of course, only copying an absurdly romanticized fairy tale confabulated by, most probably, the 'champion' of the Lyme breed Mr Henry de Spencer Kingdon of Colyton Devon.
Duke Legh of Lyme was owned by Mr Charles Ackerman - arguably Mr Charles A(ugustus) Ackerman '73-41 of 346 Granada street San Francisco -, who imported Mrs Dickin Thor’ paternal half sis Buzzard Pride b '31 bred by'31 bred by the Irish lady Mrs Nora Winthrop Briscoe* – ch Hellingly Josephine' sis H- Judy ex Menai Comet -, and ch Deleval Alftruda’ maternal aunt Deleval Rosamund b Dec ’34 as well. Mr Ackerman bred Brunhilda of Lyme Hall b' 38 – Buzzard Pride ex ch Hellingly Ajax’ son Roxbury Boy -, but owned by Mr Merle Campbell of Oregon who mated her to Roxbroom Brian’ son Angeles Tristan, resulting in Shanno of Lyme Hall b ’40, the latter mated to Altnacraig Eric' dau Merle’ Tanna, produced ‘Heatherbelle labeled’ Mastiffs but bred by Mr Merle Campbell -, which took part in the resuscitation of the breed in England, namely 1) Heatherbelle Lady Hyacinth, dam of Heatherbelle Sterling Silver & - Portia sired by Parkhurst Rufus, and 2) Heatherbelle Lady Diana, dam of Heatherbelle Rajah sired by Rufus’ brother Parkhurst Jumbo. Parkhurst breeder Colonel Byron Hugh Parker '83-52, who lived at a farm in the village Carmangay nr Calgary, province of Alberta. – At left - fr l to r - Heatherbelle Hyacinth, Heatherbelle Diana, ch Rolanda – Deleval Boadicea ex Sir Timothy’ son Goring Brockwell -, and Heatherbelle Diana’ dau H- Bridget; at right - Diana & her daughter Bridget.
* About the breeder of Mr C A Ackerman’ Buzzard Pride - Mrs Nora Winthrop Hackett Withrop Briscoe '87-61 of Kilkenny Ireland – she was the daughter of the Very Rev Henry Monck Mason Hackett, Dean of Waterford from ‘03 until '13. After a curacy in Banbridge he was a CMS Missionary in Benares from ‘77 to ‘81; and was at Allahabad from '81 to ‘86. He was the Minister of Christ Church Richmond Surrey from ‘86 to '88; and of Christ Church Hampstead from ‘92 to ‘94. He was Missionary-Principal of St Pauls Divinity School Allahabad from ‘92 to ‘96; and Principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College from ‘98 until his appointment as Dean. After his years in Waterford he was the Vicar of St Peter Belsize Park from ‘13 to ‘29. Miss Nora Withrop Hackett married Rev Reginald Whitby Briscoe, a/o President of the Brownstown branch of the British Legion.
Article dd April ’89 re the Philadelphia Kennel Club Show and pups b Nov ‘88 bred by Mr John Wyeth, of Rokeby farm West Chester PA, out of Breeze sired by American ch Minting – ch Beau’ dau ch Cambrian Princess ex ch The Emperor’ son ch Maximilian -. Mai might have been one of the earliest Mastiff exports, ie to Dr James Steel, of Articlave Castlerock Co Derry, who was an Irish Wolfhound fancier as well.
From the Chicago Bench Show catalogue dd April ’90 under the auspices of the Mascoutah Kennel Club. Mastiffs judged by Mr James Mortimer. Mr Huston Wyeth, of St Joseph MO, owned Czar’ & Mai’ siblings Gladiator & Genette b May ’89, both priced at $2000!!! Mr J F Stone, Board of Trade Building Columbus Ohio, owned Rev Van Doorne ch Jack Thyr’ brother Alonzo; ch Orlando’ litter brother Lord Raglan sired Monarch owned by Mr Elisha Bearse Sears b ’46-30, fur dealer of Washington Street Boston and of Wyoming kennels Melrose Mass.
At left - dd Nov ‘93 Melrose Prince b June '87 – Princess ex Am ch Ilford Caution - bred by Mr Eugene Hood Moore b '52-19, real estate agent of Melrose, and Mayor from '07-11. He was born at Somerset Bristol Mass, as the son of Mr William Watson Moore and Mrs Eloise Maria Moore née Hood. Melrose Prince was sold to Mrs Richard Philip Hart Durkee, a lawyer - Oakhurst kennels Chicago Ill.
The Chicago Bench Show mentions Chancellor Bismark & his brother Ben Harrison II b March ‘89 bred by Mr C(harles) A Altmansperger '58-09 of Minden Iowa. He was born July ‘58 in Burgehaun Kurhessen Germany as the son of Andreas Altmannsperger, a lawyer of Marburg Germany. He received an excellent education at the Gymnasium of Fulda Germany where he obtained a knowledge of the English language, and after completing his education he entered the business house where he served three years. During this time he took a commercial course, and then served three years as a clerk in Switzerland. In ‘80 he came to America, and in '81 to Avoca Iowa, where he entered the employment of Seifest & Wiese, an extensive business firm of that place. After remaining with them a few months, he came to Minden and took charge of their business here, which is principally lumber and coal, and since that time he has attended to their work with satisfaction to his firm and credit to himself. Socially, Altmannsperger is a prominent Mason, being a member of the blue lodge, Neola Chapter of Avoca, and Scottish Rite, Council Bluffs. He has taken 14 degrees in Masonry. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias of Neola.
Quote – ‘Mr Altmannsperger takes an interest in thoroughbred English Mastiffs, being a lover of the traits and character exhibited by that noble breed of dogs, and like many men, see many traits which are worthy of being cultivated and improved. He now has a large kennel, numbering at times as many as thirty thoroughbred English Mastiffs. Ashmont Suwaunee AKC 16,006,Vesta 6,854, and Queen Victoria 16,008 are the leaders from which he breeds. His dog Ben Harrison II AKC 16,010 - Ashmont Suwaunee ex Mr Wm Wade' Edwy 7450 vol IV b ca '84 - see at right - is a splendid animal and is one of the best specimens of the English Mastiff now living. He is now only twenty months old, and weighs 185 pounds. Mr Altmannsperger is a careful breeder of the English Mastiff, and his dogs are being shipped to all parts of the country. His noble race of dogs have descended from old English stock, made famous by the pens of the great English writers. Sir Walter Scott described in ‘Woodstock’ a magnificent specimen of this race as the famous guardian of Woodstock Hall.' - Source – Biographical History of Pottawattamie Co ‘91.
At left dd April ’07 - Mr Louis M Emmons b ’61, of Richmond Indiana, manager of the Emmons Tailoring Company, manufacturers of suits and overcoats. The photograph shows a well-dressed businessman with his tan-coloured Duke – pedigree unknown - wearing a stylish harness, the winner of three prizes in ’07, but as, acc to Mrs Patricia Hoffman, ‘a grand total of four Mastiffs were shown during ‘07, these wins were less impressive than they appeared at first sight’ -; the only other Mastiffs AKC registered that year were Mr Forest Martin’ imported Hazelmere Black Prince and his two sons out of Lady Helen. - At right – Advert dd 1890 of the Sanitas Company est ’78, manufacturers of disinfectants - Locksley Street Limehouse East London.
Dd Jan '08 – Prélude of a story by Mr James Elverson '38-11, newspaperman whose brainchild Golden Days for Boys and Girls, a 16 page weekly children' story paper ran from ‘80 to '07 as an accompaniment to the paper Saturday Night. The first printing of this paper had an output of three million copies, and by the second number, had 52,000 subscribers. According to a newspaper advertisement in '88, the weekly had a circulation between 110,000 and 120,000 weekly sales, being distributed from coast to coast in the United States. Mr Elverson later owned the Philadelphia Inquirer.
At left dd March '13 - the heroic Mastiff Taffy, arguably owned by a fancier of Lovell - Big Horn County Wyoming. - At right dd March ‘27 - Miss Olive Heppa and her Mastiff Brichtix the Saxon, a name which rings no bell in existing breed data.
Mr Robert Lenox Belknap b '48 - President of the American Mastiff Club est ‘79 -, capitalist and financier of NY City, was the son of a New York lawyer. In ‘69 he entered the mercantile house of Fuller, Lord & Co. From '71 to ‘79 he was vice president of the Mercantile Loan & Warehouse Company, and from ‘79 to ‘88 he was treasurer of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. He was president of several Northern Pacific subsidiaries, including the Land & River Improvement Company, which developed the city of West Superior - Wis, the Northern Trust Company of West Superior, and the Duluth Gas & Water Company. He was later associated with several street railways and public utilities, including the Indianapolis & Broad Ripple Rapid Transit Company, the Seashore Electric Railway Company at Asbury Park N J, the Third Avenue Cable Railway Company in NY, and lines in Washington D C. Mr Belknap was prominent in the National Guard movement, the Presbyterian Church, and a number of yacht - and social clubs. He died March ’96, and the American Mastiff Club ceased to exist ca '97.
Mr William Paxton Stevenson, of Winlawn kennels, was his business associate at No 62 William street NY. Mr Stevenson imported Am ch Prussian Princess b ’82 bred by Mr E Hanbury – ch Wolsey’ paternal niece Nina ex ch Crown Prince -, and bred litters b ‘83/84 – Queen II ex Cato -, the latter bred by Mrs Elizabeth Cunliffe Lee – Big Ben’ grand-dau Sybil ex ch Crown Prince -, one of the '83 pups was Am ch Homer– see centre -, reportedly weighing 140 lb; Mr Richard Derby’ Pharoah b '84 – see at right -, reportedly 27i weighing 125 lb, was his younger brother.
Here at right – Typical Victorian work, heavy and ornate with exquisitely chased Mastiff relief images and an article dd Dec ’90, few months after the Secretary of the Mastiff Club of America Dr Richard Derby and son attended at Crystal Palace the first OEMC exhibition meeting.
According to Ms Joan Hahn’ breed book, about twenty Mastiffs were made up at the end of the century, amongst them nine imports incl the only brindle – Ilford Cromwell by ch Cardinal; owners were Mr William Paxton Stevenson (2) - Winlawn NY, Mr Eugene Hood Moore (4) - Melrose Mass, Mr Frank Perry (1) – Ashmont Boston Mass, Mr George Cromwell (1) - Garretson Staten Island NY, Mr R A Craig (1) - Wacouta St Paul Minnesota, Mr Elisha Bearse Sears (1) - Melrose Mass, Mr Jenks H Winchell (5) - Fair Haven Vermont, Mr Chas A Lougest (2) - Franklin Mass, Mr Edwin L Kimball (1) - Jackson Michigan, Charles E Bunn (1) - Peoria Illinois, Mr Lancelot Younghusband (1) - Detroit Michigan, and Mr Wm E Meek (1) – Hayward California. - Note - Ms Joan Hahn’ list doesn’ mention Mr Chas A Lougest' celebrated import Black Peter.
The adverts of Austin’ Dog Bread might have a reference to the Hon Arthur Wm Austin ‘07-84, lawyer & politician of Charlestown Massachusetts who bred Jack b ’72 which was chosen to represent the breed in a portfolio of canine prints by Mr Alexander Pope, a then noted animalier. Jack was only once shown, ie at Boston and awarded a special for best Mastiff in show in a class of 21 Mastiffs, a/o seven sired by Jack. Mr Austin’ Jack was a son of Dash - imported from Cardiff Wales by Mr D D Kelley -, and Juno bred by Mr Richard Francis Webb '02-75 FRHS – ‘well-known gardener throughout the UK’ -, of Culham House Calcot nr Reading, whose most noted Mastiff was his ownbred Trusty – Poppet ex ch Turk -; Trusty mated to Karnac, produced 1) Runa owned by Major Hubert George Howard Galton J P of Hazdor House – Droitwich, member of the Galton family, famous for industrialists and scientists, including Charles Darwin. ’ Runa' brother Czar' dau Neva mated to the Wynnes’ Taurus II, gave Reine b ’84 bred by Rev Thomas Charles Hose b '31-03, for 33 years rector of Roydon Vicarage - Essex, and owned by Mr William Rollinson of Ash cottage Seaforth nr Liverpool. – Centre - Article re Mr Webb’ Trusty at Crystal Palace show dd '72 - 1st prize ch Turk’ son ch Punch owned by Mr Paul Aspinall, 2nd Mr Greens ch Monarch’ sire Hercules owned by the Wynnes, and 3rd ch Turk’ younger brother Turco owned by the Belgian diplomat Mr Francois Lenders. - Note - The then only Cardiff breed fancier of some repute was Mr Wm Arthur Allen, jeweller of 20 Duke street, and perhaps the one who exported Mr Austins Jack’ sire Dash.
First row at left - The Hon Arthur Wm Austin of Charlestown Boston Mass. – Centre - Mr A W Austin’ Jack. – At right – believed to be Mr Austin’ Jack. Second row at left - Mr Richard Francis Webb' Culham House. - Centre & at right - other trade cards, a/o Hudson’ Soap The Stock-Keeper dd ‘84. - Quote - 'Mr Austin's Jack was the sire of a little dog called Grim, just fair in head for that time, owned by Mr C W Fraleigh of New York. In '81 at New York this Grim won from Gurth, a big coarse dog, straight behind, and in third place came Salisbury, Mr Chas H Mason' big English winner Salisbury was worth more than all the rest of the Mastiffs at the show. It was generally understood that the judge explained his decision by saying he had never seen such a dog before. Grim should have been third, behind Salisbury and Gurth.’ –
At left - Prélude of a story about the Mastiff Bheiru by Mr Albert P Terhune dd June ’28. – At right – Part of a tableau dd June ‘64 of Islington Dog Show prize-winners including No 14 Cabot, the Prince of Wales’ Newfoundland, and No 15 Ranee, the Prince of Wales' Indian Mastiff, the latter reportedly - 'said - 'to bear a wonderful resemblance to the true English dogs of that kind.'
At left – article dd Nov ’13 re Mr Morris Kinney and his Kinnelon kennels. Batchworth Beauty b ’09, older sis of ch’s Brompton Duke & - Duchess; mated to ch British Monarch, she produced Ben-Ma-Chree b ’12- dam of ch Miss Bull – see at right -, Mr Horatio Bottomley Dicker Belle, and Fulmen owned by Mr Herbert Basil Newland ’88-16 of 24 Douglas Road North Canonbury Islington - res cc at Alexandra Palace '14 under Mr Wm Hunter Johnston -. Mr H B Newland was the son of Rev Frederick Wm Newland, Superintendent of the Claremont Mission at Pentonville.
A bit of social history dd July ’22 - 'Pennsylvania resident Mr Jacob aka Jake Silverman made national headlines back in ‘22 for the crime of owning a dog named Dick within the commonwealth. The law at the time required that Dick be killed simply because he was owned by Mr Silverman b ‘85 in Lithuania, who, due to Russian persecution of Jews, emigrated to the United States in ‘04. His wife Lisll followed a short time later and the couple ultimately settled in Hatfield Pa - ca 30 miles NW of Philadelphia. Jake was a literate man in his native tongue, but like so many other immigrants, his spoken English was a bit rough and he could neither read or write in his new language. He worked as a laborer on farms, but eventually was able to purchase a farm of his own, and was the proud father of seven children. One day, while traveling through the country with daughter Rebecca, the two came across a man with a cute puppy which was a mix of part Mastiff and part St Bernard. Rebecca immediately fell in love with the pooch, so Jake agreed to purchase the dog for $5 - ca $62 today, and he became a loving part of the Silverman family their new family member. Dick grew to be tremendous in size, but was as gentle as a lamb.
Everything was going smoothly with Dick until Montgomery Co Game Commissioner Mr Jeremiah Reinert learned that the Silvermans may possibly own a dog. He hopped in his car and drove right out to their farm to see if this was, in fact, true. Once he confirmed that the Silvermans did own a dog, Reinert had to ask Mr Jacob Silverman one simple question: ‘Are you a citizen.’ Jacob was an honest man and said that he was not. And with that simple confirmation Dick the dog was handed a death sentence. This is because the Alien Dog Law of ‘15 prohibited any non-citizen within the state of Pennsylvania from owning a dog, whether it be for hunting or companionship, arguably connected with the passing of the Alien Gun Law in ‘09 which forbid any unnaturalized citizen from owning a gun or rifle. The argument at the time was that too many aliens were violating the state’ hunting laws, which supposedly resulted in a significant decline of game. An estimated twenty percent of the state’ rural population was foreign born in the early 1900s, so it should come as no surprise that by taking away their right to own a gun, game conditions improved.
The fight was now on to save Dick’ life. During Jacob’ initial appearance in court, the magistrate denied a petition to suspend the sentence and grant custody of the dog to one of Silverman’ American born daughters. He did, however, issue a ten-day reprieve so that he could review the case. The law is the law and it became clear that the Silvermans needed a good lawyer. The man that Jacob turned to was attorney Samuel Conver. Jake, with the help of the pennies that his daughter Fannie had saved up, paid him a small retainer fee for his services, but, in the end, Conver waived all of his fees.
Forget the urgency of war, famine, and other the grave problems that humans as a whole were facing at the time. The demise of Dick the dog would have certainly caused the collapse of the United States. This was a matter of incredible importance and there was only one man in the country that could handle such a weighty situation – the 29th President of the United States – Mr Warren G Harding. The life of Dick the dog would prove to be the most monumental and important decision that his administration would ever be faced with… In reality, it was his wife Florence who brought the story to President Harding’ attention. While the Commander in Chief was basically powerless to intervene, the pressure of the oval office can sometimes go a long way in helping to decide the outcome of a case. In a letter that he penned to Pennsylvania Governor William Sproul, Harding wrote, “I think you will have to count this letter a personal one rather than an official communication. I write it at the suggestion of Mrs. Harding, though I am happy to do so, because the appeal which greatly stirred her touches me no less forcibly. Governor Sproul immediately telegraphed Judge Boorse and also wired the following message back to the President: “Please tell Mrs Harding that I have asked the magistrate at Lansdale to delay action regarding Dick Silverman until we can look into all the questions involved. I guess we can save the dog.” So Dick the dog was allowed to live and the $25 fine dropped, but there was one big catch: The Silvermans would not be able to take their beloved friend home. Dick was placed in the care of the Pennsylvania SPCA, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, with instructions to find him a new home. Almost immediately, Dick’ nemesis, Game Commissioner Reinert, filed a complaint that Magistrate Boorse had acted illegally and Dick should be put down.
On July 7th, SPCA Secretary Mr William T Phillips and agent Mr Frederick Carter took Dick to his new home. He was turned over to a farmer named Mr John L Eberts, who just happened to have been a personal friend of Mr Jake Silverman. Eberts agreed to take good care of Dick until Jake was granted his citizenship. On that same day, Silverman took the customary oath and filed his papers to do just that. With the help of his daughter Fannie, he planned to study hard for the next two years as he prepped for the examination in English that was required to gain citizenship. Meanwhile, State Game Commission secretary Seth Gordon penned a letter to Magistrate Boorse on July 12th requesting that the $25 fine be reinstated and collected from Mr Silverman. Governor Sproul quickly intervened: “Under the authority vested in the governor, any fine or forfeiture incurred by Jacob Silverman in the case brought before you, wherein he was charged with the unlawful possession of a dog, is hereby remitted.”
And with that statement, the story of Dick the Dog disappeared from the press. The ‘30 United States census indicates that Mr Jacob Silverman had become a naturalized citizen. And, best of all, the story ends well as Dick was returned to the Silverman family and died of natural causes six years later. By avoiding the death sentence dictated by the Alien Dog Law, Dick was clearly lucky. Many others were not. For example, in ‘18 127 people were convicted of violating the law. One can only guess that at least that many of their dogs were shot to death. In ‘20, 200 hundred dogs were put down, generating more that $3,500 (over $43,000 today) for the state from collected fines.
As time went on, the Alien Dog Law was enforced less and less. The final nail in its coffin occurred on 31th July ‘56 when a 60-year-old man named Mr George Welkoff of Hellertown was sentenced to 32 days in jail for failing to pay a $15 fine (approximately $138 today) for owning a German Shepherd puppy named Hector. George had arrived to the United States in ‘51 after the communists killed both his wife and son. Hector had become his only companion. With George in jail, Hector was placed at the Hellertown dog pound.
After the story appeared in the Wydnor newspaper, Pennsylvania resident Mr A Vincent Leun took it upon himself to get George out of jail and to get the law changed. “I immediately paid his fine and costs totaling $35.80, even though I had never heard of him before that time.” Leun then proceeded to pen a letter to Governor George . Leader, along with 260 additional Pennsylvania state senators and assemblymen, requesting that the law be repealed. Leun received angry phone calls threatening him with bodily injury, but he continued to champion for Welkoff’ cause. He even took it upon himself to care for Hector with the understanding that he would be returned to George Welkoff as soon as legally possible. Both Leun and Hector looked on as Governor Leader signed a repeal of the law on 5th April ‘57. As promised, Hector was returned to George immediately, but the story did not end well. On Monday 3th August ‘59, George returned home to find nothing but Hector’ frayed collar. Sadly, 4-year-old Hector and another dog were shot dead the following night after the two had killed fourteen chickens at a nearby home. -
Dd July ’30 re the wedding of Miss Marjorie Joan Isaac of Selborne Hammers lane Mill Hill, grand-daughter of Mr E J Lewis Isaac, one of the pioneer builders in Mill Hill, and Mr John James Ellis, grandson of Sir John Baddeley, Bart, who was Mayor of London in ’21-22. - ‘the huge Mastiff' looks rather like a black or blue Great Dane.
At left - dd Oct ‘27 re Crystal Palace Show - judge Mr Wm Hunter Johnston – Mrs J Evans’ 17m old ch Ursula b May ’26 bred by Miss I Bell – ch King Baldur' dau Menai Victoria ex Poor Joe' son ch Woden- res cc ch Menai Juno, 3rd Miss Howland Tucker’ Baltana – Peggy ex Poor Joe -; dog cc Mr W H Calcott’ King Agrippa res cc his brother Mr Arthur Baggaley’ ch Superbus 3rd ch Cleveland Premier. Mrs Evans gave up the breed in the late 1920s and ch Ursula was transferred to Menai breeder Mr Bob Thomas of Buxton.
At right - dd Feb '51 ‘The real British Breed', arguably Miss I Bell' 2-year old Heatherbelle Portia - one of the four Mastiff bitches entered at Crufts dd Feb ‘51 in the class - 'Any Variety not classified at this show' including one cross-bred, three Bearded Collies, and two Leonbergers as well; the class was judged by the allrounder Mr John Wm Henry Beynon b '72 of Manchester, author of canine books who, reportedly, has had the honour of judging the best in Show at Crufts twice. Other Mastiffs in the class were the brindle Havengore Rodney and four uni-coloured bitches, ie Mrs F C Mayne' 21m old Heatherbelle Priscilla' Martha, and the 16m old sisters OEMC Prudence & OEMC Beatrix entered by OEMC Secretary Mrs Norah Dickin.
Note - Everybody’ Weekly was a tabloid founded ‘13 in London as The Competitor’s Journal. The publication was widely syndicated in the United States. Everybody', then owned and published by Everybody’ Publications Ltd, was acquired by Amalgamated Press in ‘50 and then merged with John Bull magazine in ‘59. The publication ran its last issue 25 April '59.
Dd March ’12 re the Right Reverend William Croswell Doane '32 -13 was the 1st Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany in the United States. - 'Doane served in ordained ministry from '69 until his death in ‘13, a huge span for those times. As bishop, he managed the construction of the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, the first Episcopal cathedral built for that purpose in the United States. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Doane is probably best known today for his Anglican hymn, ‘Ancient of Days'. As a student at Burlington College in New Jersey, he was one of three founding members of the ‘Delta' chapter of the college fraternity of Delta Psi, later known as St Anthony Hall after the chapter transferred to the nearby University of Pennsylvania.' -
Dd Sept ’38 - A ‘Tall Story’ about a Mastiff owned by Mr James Hampton Sturgeon ’98-56, farmer of Barnwell street Coward South Carolina, and dd Jan ’39 article by Mr A P Terhune.
Article dd Oct 1897 about Tige owned by Mr Sam Geno Rutland – Vermont. Quote – ‘Tige is the largest dog in the world. His name is a suitable one for he is as large as a full-sized tiger and considerably larger than the average lion. This monster dog is an English mastiff by race, and belongs to Sam Geno of Rutland Vt. Tige' measurements are as follows: Length. 7 feet 5 inches; waist, 48 inches; neck, 29 inches; height, 39 inches. He stands eight inches higher than a dining room table. Tige is only three years of age. and has not yet aquired his full weight or strength. Mr Geno has taught his dog to box, and he is anxious to match him to fight five rounds with any pugilist on earth. Mr Geno would like very much to have Tige meet Bob Fitzsimmons. and the dog is thoroughly in accord with him. Tige will undertake not to bite, scratch with his his legs or to attack his human opponent otherwise than with his forepaws encas in gloves. He is understood to be a thoroughly reliable and sportsmanlike dog.’ -
Taken from The Stock-Keeper dd 1896 - Lady Coleus & a ‘Mr Mercer’. Stafford breeder Mr Albert Andrews bred two litters out of ch Montgomery’ dau Vestala sired by ch Beaufort, amongst the siblings were 1) Mr C C Rice' Sir Stafford - ch Frigga Secunda’ sire, paternal grandsire of Mr Wm N Higgs' ch Ha Ha and maternal grandsire of Mr C C Rice' ch Elgiva & ch Peter Piper -, 2) ch Lord Stafford - ch Mark Antony' maternal grandsire -, 3) Mr Wm Norman Higgs' ch Lady Florida - maternal great-granddam of ch Holland' Black Boy & Am ch Black Peter -, and 4) Lady Coleus b ‘87, the latter as puppy purchased by Ilford breeder Mr Richard Cook who exported her to Melrose breeder Mr Eugene Hood Moore who sold her to Mr James Whitney - Flour City Rochester NY. Mr Mercer was perhaps a kennelman or handler of one of them. Lady Coleus became an American champion.
At left – ch Peter Piper’ eight months old cousin Brampton b May '94 & bred by Mr Wm Norman Higgs - out of Tom Bowling' sis ch Brampton Beauty sired by Am ch Beaufort’ Black Prince -, owned by successively Mr Jenks Lawrence Winchell of Fair Haven Vermont, Dr Chas A Lougest, and Mr Samuel Henry Miller of Brampton Kennels, 3934 Lowndes Ave Baltimore Maryland. Ch Brampton Beauty' litter counted seven puppies. – At right - Article dd June '32 by 'Philokuon' aka Mr Arthur Croxton Smith ’65-52 KC chairman ’37-48, of Wandle Bloodhound kennels - Burlington House Wandle road Upper Tooting – ca seven miles SW of London City -, and author of well-known canine books.
Article dd Feb '98 re the Madison Square Garden show, unfortunately in almost unreadably small text size, therefore here some relevant excerpts. - 'The St Bernard Sir Edward Bedivere aside, no other has ever been known to have so high a commercial value as Black Prince Brampton, ie $10,000, or the price of a good house in New York City. Black Prince Brampton is a massive and muscular dog, with immense bone and the best of hindquarters and hocks. His skull is good in size and formation, his ears small and nicely carried, and he is a very active dog. With the proper coat and a good color, his ears and mask being intensely black. His sire is the famous English Black Prince, who was sold two years ago for $8,000, and the reason why the pup is worth more than his sire is that, besides giving great promise in every respect, he is a more level-made dog, with greater length and massiveness of body, immeasurably superior in hindquarters and action, and, without being fat, outweighs his sire by a few pounds. He is 30 inches high, 40 inches long, the length of his head and muzzle is 12 3/8 inches, and depth of septum 3 ½ inches.
The proprietor of the dog is scarcely less interesting than the animal he owns. He is Dr Charles A Lougest of No 313 Columbus Avenue Boston. Dr Lougest is a well-built , elderly gentleman, with a long gray beard, a wide black sombrero on his head, and his kind eyes almost hidden behind a pair of immense spectacles. He has a farm of 600 acres near Franklin Mass where he gives free vent to his hobby of fancy animals. The doctor has been giving his leisure time to petting of animals for twenty-five years, and has seventy-nine large and small dogs amongst his collection. He has an immense menagerie of fancy domestic animals which he says he would not part with for $100,000.. Of thoroughbred horses alone he has over forty, while the number of his fancy cattle always counts up to between fifty and sixty.' -
At left - Black Prince Brampton & his sire Am ch Beaufort' Black Prince. - At right - advert re Mr Jenks Lawrence Winchell' Bloodhound stock and his partnership with the famous Bloodhound breeder Mr Edwin Brough of Scarborough England. Mr J L Winchell imported his first Bloodhounds in ’81 and became the first President of the English Bloodhound Club of America, Dr Chas A Lougest being Secretary and Treasurer..
Part of a photograph dd June ’89 of Dog Kennels, the property of Dr Sidney Turner. The photographer of Dr J Sidney Turner’ kennels, Mr Edward Thomas Frederick Goodwin ‘52-17 married Miss Jane Grieve Brown b ‘52 Edinburgh, and they had two sons and one daughter. His City Photographic studios were until ‘87 at 102 first floor London Wall City of London; 4 Hamlet Terrace Anerley Road Norwood 1881 – 1882; 63 Anerley Road Norwood 1882 – 1904; 75 St Paul' Churchyard City of London '83 – ‘90. The Census ‘91 mentions him as a widower and in '05 he emigrated to South Africa where he died in Greytown - Natal.
The complete photograph shows Dr Sidney Turner’ kennels were complemented by quite extensive exercising grounds. The KCSB covering the show year ‘89 mentions that he then showed two male prize Mastiffs, ch Beaufort b ‘84 & his son Ayrshire b Sept ‘88, and four bitches, ie ch Beaufort’ daughter ch Isolde b ‘88 , ch Beaufort’ dam ch The Lady Isabel b “81 , Ayrshire’ sis Seabreeze & The Lady Margery b ’86, the latter bred by Rev Henry Van Doorne - Cedric the Saxon’ dau Wunna ex ch Orlando or ch Hotspur -. He then owned Lady Barbara & sis Lady Joan b ‘87 - ch Salisbury’ dau Nelfia ex ch Hotspur -, Lady Phillis b June ‘87 - The Lady Margery ex ch Beaufort -, Lady Pamela b ‘88 - ch Montgomery’ dau Vistala ex ch Beaufort - as well.
The greyed ‘overfed’ older one, in front of the Victorian-like corniced shed, might have been the doctor' five year old flagship ch Beaufort, as another photograph shows an identical croup annex tail straight down. The left one in the right kennel might have been Rev Van Doorne’ low-standing ch Hotspur being at visit. Ch Beaufort' nine months old son Ayrshire may be included in this picture as well.
At left dd April ’89 - Alonzo b July ‘86 bred by the Belgian Rev H K E Van Doorne - ch His Majesty' King Canute' dau Lady Canute ex ch Orlando by ch Crown Prince -. Alonzo' drawing shows a textbook example of the presently very rarely to observe 'bevelled-off look', iow a head upper line dropping smoothly towards the level upper line of the muzzle. Alonzo was litter brother of the English champion Jack Thyr which won challenge awards at Crystal Palace ’89 & ’90, Manchester ’90, and at Crufts ’91. According to Dr J S Turner’ Kennel Encyclopaedia 1910 ch Jack Thyr’ measurements were – height 28 ½ i, girth of chest 38 ½ i, girth of skull 27 i, and weight 156 lb.–
At right dd Jan ’90 – Parcel of the Past Year report by Mr Chas Court Rice. Other remarks re Jack Thyr were – ‘Very square well-built dog of great power with wonderful bone, somewhat more wrinkle over the forehead, moving in good style and walking very squarely.’ Till present-day a picture of him is still missing. – Breeding-wise Flemish Rev Van Doorne’ important own-bred/owned Mastiffs were ch Jack Thyr, namely along his daughter Lady Thyr, maternal grand-dam of Mr Robt Leadbetter’ Hazlemere foundation stud ch Marksman, but first of all ch Orlando’ inbred Orlando II which sired Captain J L Piddocke’ ch Ogilvie, the one behind almost every quality stud of the following era.
At left dd April ’86 - Dictator b Sept ’83 and bred by the English gentleman Mr W Robinson, of Delph road Brierley Hill Stafford – Motive ex Dr Pigeon’ Young Colonel -, was initially purchased by Mr Edwin Nichols who exported him to Messrs Shaw & Bates, of Riverview kennels Clinton Mass. They bred fom him a litter out of Hilda V b ’81 - bred by the Wynnes out of Hilda IV sired by ch Taurus’ son Young King -. Young Colonel was most probably brother of Mr Twinings Turk – Dr Pigeon’ Motive ex ch Colonel – which sired ch Leo VII, owned by Mr J W Boyce of Speech House Colefor Glos, and the sisters Brenda Secunda & Idalia, resp dams of Ilford Caution' son ch Ilford Chancellor & ch Orlando' son ch Count Orlando. Other imports owned by the Riverview kennel were Agrippa b ‘82 and bred by Exeter breeder Mr James Hutchings - ch Beau' dau Berenice ex ch Pontiff' brother Gwalior -, and Dumont b ‘84 – Beaumanoir’ dau Delph Viva ex ch Crown Prince' son The Prince -
The Ilford 'Cornwell' in the text was actually Ilford Cromwell bred by Mr W K Taunton - ch Cardinal' dau Cleopatra ex ch Cardinal -, whereas Dr Perry of Ashmont kennels' Hero, actually Hero II b ‘80 reportedly weighing 175 lb, was bred by Mr Robert Exley, worsted spinner of The Grange Horsforth via Leeds, out of Venus sired by Mr Chas Houseman Mason’ English ch Salisbury. Note – Dr Henry Pigeon, of ‘Onoiuiaya’ 20 Clyde road Bristol, was author of medical articles a/o published in The Lancet, one of the world' oldest and best known weekly peer-reviewed general medical journals.
Dd July ’99 – Dogs owned by Mr Wm Shearer Clark, wine & spirits merchant of Wishaw nr Glasgow - Crufts ’98 cc winning St Bernard ch Hapstead Primus b ‘93 by ch Maplecroft Duke –, a Collie by Ormskirk Bendigo, the Field Spaniels Brantley Moonstone & Brantley Shotover, and the six year old nec plus ultra Mastiff ch Peter Piper.
Dd June ’31 - A compelling story about a Mastiff possessed of a breed-wise uncharacteristic ‘roving spirit' by Mr Albert Payson Terhune '72-42, of Pompton Lakes New Jersey – journalist and author of canine books. He was popular for his novels relating the adventures of his beloved Collies and as a breeder of Collies at his Sunnybank kennels, the lines of which still exist in today' Rough Collies.
An article published in ‘Reveille’ dd Nov ’67 featuring ch Hollesley Macushla’ brother H- Montmorency b July '64, as a pup purchased by a ‘Mrs R Simon’, thereafter owned by Mr Walter Martin. There’s an unconfirmed source which states ‘Monty' weighed dd April ’70 267 lb or 121 kg; another one mentions 142 cm as girth of chest. Photographs by the American Jack Curtis. – It here goes about Mr Walter Raymond Martin b '97-93, head gardener at Wing Commander Geoffrey Harry Brigg’ Nyton farm. Mr Martin married dd ’50 Miss Gertrude Anna Louise Copping, and resided at Nyton Lodge Nyton road Aldingbourne nr Chichester West Sussex. -
‘Reveille’ was a popular British weekly tabloid newspaper founded by Mr Reg Hipwell. Launched on 25 May '40, it was originally the official newspaper of the Ex-Services' Allied Association. It was bought by the Mirror Group in '47, after which it was printed and published by IPC Newspapers Ltd. In the ‘50s it increased its light-entertainment pages and would often run features on the Royalty. During the '60s and ‘70s it became known as Reveille Magazine and would publish large double-page pop posters and also feature tasteful glamour models. Its last issue appeared on 17 August '79.
The colour photograph in the centre presents – in lateral view - a real quality specimen glorified by a well-known breed authority as a hundred percent Mastiff of the right size. But size, and certainly in our breed, is three-dimensional. The frontal view – see at right - of the same dog reveals his lack of breadth.
Of course, it’s only one picture but having seen him in the flesh and thereby photographed him at four different occasions in time, it was obvious, no matter how stacked or not, this dog lacked just like his maternal grandsire Langton the standard-wise proportionate breadth. Here at right - Double Crufts cc winner - '88/89 - Namous Uberacht - ch Parcwood W Bear' dau Lesdon Lady Betteresse ex Verts Tilleuls Ramuncho - shows great breadth throughout complemented by a splendid spring of rib. Concerning overall conformation, it are especially both these features which distinguish the Mastiff from its nearest look-alike, the St Bernard. Note - Uberacht, just like Peter Piper, presents an ideal forehead (frontal bones), only slightly raised.
The dog (colour photographs) has been shown rather scarcely, and notwithstanding his excellent temperament and ditto movement, he never got a challenge ticket. At the OEMC Spring Open Show '88 Mrs J Webberley of Darkling kennels placed him 3rd in Graduate Class, 1st went to Mr Hicks' Hollesley Archer, and 2nd to Apollon Zophar. At Crufts' shows he took three reserve cc's, resp under Messrs Douglas Oliff (cc for ch Namous Uberacht), Graham Hicks (cc for ch Namous Uberacht) and Raymond Boatwright (cc for ch Prixcan Countach); at the OEMC Championship Show Pyleigh Manor '91 Mr George Down placed him 2nd in Post-Graduate Class behind ch (Meps) Dignified John. - All tree - Uberacht, Countach & Dignified John - broad chested.
For comparison – above at left good old Piper, bred ten years after the KC approval of the OEMC standard and 'glorified’ by THEN well-known breed authorities. Country Life Illustrated dd July 29th 1899 contains an article about Mr Joseph Royle' famous kennel incl a/o the hereabove photograph of Peter Piper; the writer of the article describes him as following - 'the massive skull, the comparatively small ears, the wrinkled brows, the sullen expression, and the truncated muzzle of the old English Mastiff breed are all perfectly portrayed, too, in the likeness of Peter Piper, as is the big, level, brawny back, the huge limbs, and the coarse tail which are so characteristic of the breed.' -
At left – Another picture of Mr W Martin’ Hollesley Montmorency – ch Havengore Dawn ex Copenore Jason -, a quality Mastiff w/out any show- or breeding record. - Centre dd July ’67 & at right dd Aug ‘70 - Montmorency' contemporary newspaper subject of interest called ‘Leo', reportedly weighing 18 stone or 263 lb, and owned by Mr Tom Munday - security officer for a Yacht Co at Chertsey Surrey - living at nearby Rowan Ave Egham. Leo’ pedigree name is not given, but born in the early 1960s it shouldn’t be surprising if he carried Copenore Jason' blood as well, the latter by far the then most prolific sire (23 litters) followed by Havengore Adam.
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/dogs-caravan-aka-dogs-home-is-caravan Notice the 10th second – for comfort see still view No 10 - four firm fingers show up on top of the caravan pulled by the Mundays’ Ford Zodiac Estate. The sequence should have been even more hilarious if one had filmed joker Tom Munday staging the funny rocking on the other side of the caravan!
Above at left – photo May ’34 - A Mastiff with Sally Anne Maria Vivian, daughter of Anthony Crespigny Claude Vivian 06-91, 5th Baron Vivian - impressario-restaurateur of the Vivian family who became a celebrity in '54 when he was shot in the abdomen by Mrs Mavis Wheeler the former wife of Horace de Vere Cole and of Sir Mortimer Wheeler–; - below at left – Walverden Faith b April ’30 & bred by Mr Stanley Francis Smith - Wantley Bretwalda Maid ex Mr Greenwood’ ch Benvolio – photo May ’34; - at right - Article publ in the Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News dd Feb ’34 presenting a drawing of ch Hellingly Joseph by London’ artist Cecil Francis Wardle ‘01-71.
Quote – ‘Between ‘35 and ‘55 Mr Cecil Francis Wardle (not to be confused with the more famous Arthur Wardle) wrote and illustrated three works of animal drawings and stories still treasured by animal lovers and collectors today. His 1935 volume All Dogs profiled 80 breeds (including the ‘mongrel') that were popular in Britain at the time, mostly drawn from the works of famous canine photographers including Messrs Thomas Fall, Ralph Robinson, J H Moore, and Walter Guiver. Wardle’ sensitive pencil portraits had a gentle simplicity that managed to capture each breed’ personality without being overly sentimental. Although his writings clearly reflected his era’ thinking and knowledge of dogs at the time, Wardle’ descriptions were as eloquent as his drawings, revealing a deep appreciation for each breed’ individual quality and character.' -
At left & centre photo Oct ‘32 – Hellingly Hanna b June '29 - ch H Joseph’ daughter Hellingly Hecuba ex ch Cleveland Premier – owned by Viscount Weymouth aka Mr Henry Frederick Tynne, President of the Mastiff Association est '31. Hanna, mated back to her grandsire ch Hellingly Joseph, produced a/o Hellingly Elaine b ‘33 owned by the Olivers who bred their K-litter from Elaine sired by ch Joseph’ son Hellingly King Baldur, containing a/o King, Kate, Kathleen & Katrina whom all were exported to the States. - Centre photo Oct ‘32 - Mrs Lilian Woods’ ch Ileden Volo b April '29 - ch Hellingly Joseph' dau Hellingly Honor ex ch Cleveland Premier -.
At right photo Oct ’32 – ch Cinque Ports Michael b Feb '30 - ch Westcroft Blaise' dau Garlinge Lady Jane ex ch Ashenhurst Cedric' son Goldhawk Imperator –. The same photograph, subtitled - 'That’s the way a Mastiff should look like – Havengore Mastiff’ -, was used by Mr Douglas Oliff to illustrate his comments on the occasion of the Molosser Show Venne July ’84; Mr Oliff writes in Molosser Magazin – ‘It was disappointing that the true Mastiff head type was missing in so many exhibits. In a later issue I will explain type more fully, but to illustrate what a Mastiff head should be, I asked the Editor to illustrate these comments with a profile head study of a pre war Havengore Mastiff. Please study it and compare it with the profile of your own exhibit. Note the overall squareness, the stop, the good ear carriage and placement. This is what we must aim for, and it is not easy.’ – But quite easy to forgive the late Mr Douglas Oliff, eminent breed judge, for labeling the photograph ‘Havengore Mastiff' instead of ch Cinque Ports Michael.
Our Dogs’ Mems dd Oct ’32 – letter by Captain Guy Weston Samuelson b ’90-73 of Lympne, husband of Mrs Frances Samuelson. The couple may have been befriended with the Olivers of Winkenhurst Hellingly – ca 50 mls W of Lympne -. Captain Guy P Samuelson was dd ’14 in the same Regiment – ie the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment – as Arthur Cecil Proctor de la Poer-Peirse b ‘90 whose father the Reverend Windham de la Poer Beresford-Peirse MA was Rector at Bedale between ‘99-31 whereas the Reverend’ older brother Sir Henry Monson de la Poer Beresford-Peirse Bt lived at Bedale Hall Yorks until the Olivers took up residence there in ’33.
Article dd Nov ’32 - The Captain musing about the ways of judging in times the breed was ruled by two clubs, not to say divided into two camps, ie the OEMC members Messrs Guy P Greenwood, Wm Hunter Johnston, Mesdames Norah Dickin, Ianthe Bell and Lucy Scheerboom vs the Mastiff Breeders Association steered by the Olivers of Hellingly and supported by a/o Messrs Wm N Higgs & Sam Crabtree.
The first show of the year ’33 was Crufts (incl OEMC Golden Jubilee festivities) where Hillcrest breeder and OEMC Committee Chairman Mr Guy P Greenwood judged 48 Mastiffs, and cc awards went to Miss Bell’ ch Uther Penarvon and Mr Bennett' ch Cleveland Ponorogo, reserve cc's for Mrs Samuelson' ch Cinque Ports Michael and Miss Bell' ch Lady Turk by ch Havengore Bill. The next eight cc shows of '33 were judged by allrounders Mr Sam Crabtree, Dr Aubrey Ireland & 2x Chris Houlker, and four former Mastiff breeders, ie Mr Wm Norman Higgs, Mr Wm Hunter Johnston, Mr Herbert Cook, and Miss E M Garland. Their 16 cc's went to 14 different Mastiffs, ch Arolite' son ch Hellingly Ajax and ch Cleveland Premier' dau ch Ileden Volo each two.
At left dd Feb '39 - Mastiff ring at Crufts '39 judged by Cleveland breeder Mr Herbert Cook of Middlesbrough cc Broomcourt Jem’ ch Broomcourt Romeo, res cc ch Havengore Christopher, 3rd ch Uther Penarvon’ grandson Goring Brockwell - bitch cc Broomcourt Jem’ dau Broomcourt Beauty, res cc ch Uther Penarvon’ dau ch Petronella, 3rd The Druid’ dau ch Alftruda Deleval. - Centre dd Feb '39 - Photograph of Mrs Scheerboom' ch Havengore Christopher greeting a Peke.
Above at right – dd Aug ’39 Leaders in Pairs Contest – Dinkie the Peke & the Mastiff Goring Raymond shown by Mr David A B Duke, of Bearehill Brechin, in the comic dog show at the Centenary fete at Guthrie Castle Angus Scotland in Aid of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals est 1824 - Raymond, possibly brother to Goring Robert & - Randy b ’35 out of Menai Anglesea’ dau Janice ex ch Uther Penarvon.
Here at right - Ch Havengore Christopher' eleven months old daughter Havengore Penelope - out of Princess Bimbo – 1st prize Junior Class at Crufts '38 under Mr Sam Crabtree, 2nd Miss Bell’ Broomcourt Faithful, b Aug ’36 - The Druid’ dau Ducia ex ch Uther Penarvon -, 3rd Miss Dorothy Greenwood’ Goring Witch b Oct ’36 – Mrs Dickins Thor’ dau Deleval Sybilla ex ch Uther Penarvon' son Despot -.
At left photo Feb ’39– Double Crufts cc winner ch Broomcourt Romeo b Dec ’34 & bred by Mr Ben Bennett – ch Woden grand-dau Broomcourt Tess ex Broomcourt Prince Boris’ son Broomcourt Jem –. Centre – photo Feb ’40 - The Mastiff Gwen and Mrs Pamela Furlong, the wife of Mr Frank Furlong of Aston Tirrold Berks who won at Aintree the Grand National ’35 on Reynoldstown owned by his father Major Noel Furlong, member of an old Irish family prominent in racing and hunting circles –. At right - illustration dd May ’47 – Bear-baiting scene drawn by Anthony Wysard.
Wiki quote – ‘Bear-baiting was popular in England, until the 19th century. From the sixteenth century, many bears were maintained for baiting. In its best-known form, arenas for this purpose were called bear-gardens, consisting of a circular high fenced area, the "pit", and raised seating for spectators. A post would be set in the ground towards the edge of the pit and the bear chained to it, either by the leg or neck. A number of well-trained fighting or baiting dogs, usually Old English Bulldogs, would then be set on it, being replaced as they got tired or were wounded or killed. In some cases the bear was let loose, allowing it to chase after animals or people. For a long time, the main bear-garden in London was the Paris Garden, that section of the Bankside lying to the west of The Clink, at Southwark. Henry VIII was a fan and had a pit constructed at Whitehall. Elizabeth I was also fond of the entertainment; it featured regularly in her tours. When an attempt was made to ban bear-baiting on Sundays, she overruled Parliament.’ -
Advert dd Nov 2nd ’62 from Mr Thomas H V Lukey, governor of ‘Bromley Union House’ next to the White Lion Inn incl sign post at Locksbottom - see at right -. Below - Mr Harrison Weir’ drawing of Mastiffs shown at the Birmingham Dog show ’62– 1st & 3rd prizes for Mr Hanbury with resp Bill George Tiger' dau ch Duchess, and her dam Empress by Mr Ansdell’ Leo - arguably the ones below at left and above at right -. The 2nd Prize went to a Lyme Hall Mastiff – acc to Wynn long in head and houndy in ear - owned by the Hon Mrs Katherine Sarah Colvile b ‘27-12 of Lullington Hall Burton-on-Trent, daughter of Captain John Russell, R N, nephew of Lord William Russell - Duke of Bedford. She married in '50 Mr Charles Robert Colvile, Member of Parliament, of Lullington Hall and had a son Henry Edward who became a Major-General. She had been connected with the hunts of the Meynell and Atherstone Hounds all her life. In '52 Mrs Colville and the Misses Meynell were the only lady followers.
Opinions are always subjective and everyone is entitled to have his/her personal one. There are people who are aware of the relativity of their own opinion and others who are convinced they're damn right and force their opinion dogmatically. Concerning the Mastiff breed there even are the ones who are not averse to put, throughout 'pedigreed' breed history, practically the whole lot of breeders and clubs in the same bag.
Nearly nothing has been done right! They ignored/ignore the real Mastiff origin, ie the descendent of the renowned hunting dog famed throughout Western Europe four centuries ago for its use as a hound, dogs then being bred for function not form, and never to a closed gene pool. The hunting Mastiffs were quaintly described dd 1388, a/o - 'They are almost shaped as a greyhound of full shape’ -. Why not honour the fine dogs depicted by Bewick, Marshall, Gilpin and others in past centuries?
Therefore presenting a first draft of a new breed standard worded (almost ad infinitum) to produce a heavy hound - for that is what the Mastiff truly is -, based upon his ancient function, ie a running Mastiff in the medieval hunt incl his sporting role – ‘to seize and hold big game, such as auroch - by the bye a species extinct dd 1627 -, bison, boar and wild bulls.’ In obvious contradiction therewith is the new breed standard description about temperament – ‘Mentally stable, utterly trustworthy with children, spirited at times but mainly calm and phlegmatic, showing no sign of shyness or needless apprehension, able instinctively to discern between acceptable human activity and that warranting suspicion. Can be diffident when young.’ -
Reading these sentences some people may (partly) agree, others may laugh out such a breed description, or consider it the result of a highly 'selective' string of sources to suit, nothing more or less, a sheer personal opinion discarding lots of the prevailing written breed history, as well as the fact there are countless examples of words change meaning all the time and over time - p ex 'clue': centuries ago, a clue (or clew) was a ball of yarn; think about threading your way through a maze and you’ll see how we got from yarn to key bits of evidence that help us solve things -, including the word Mastiff...
The seemingly unconditional idolatry of hunting Mastiff types vs the inexorable aversion to the standard Mastiff dripps off. It’s like time has come to a halt ignoring the fact that an ever growing part of human society change their attitude re hunting. Quote 1 – ‘Anti-hunting activists who choose to take action in opposing fox hunting can do so through lawful means, such as campaigning for fox hunting legislation and monitoring hunts for cruelty. Main anti-hunting campaign organisations include the RSPCA and the League Against Cruel Sports.’ - The Hunting Act 2004 banned the hunting of wild mammals, including the remnant set out by nobility and landowners, ie fox hunting. - Quote 2 – ‘A majority of Americans, 56%, opposes hunting animals for sport, and most Americans, 86%, consider big game hunting to be especially distasteful.' -
At left dd Aug ‘26 - Ashenhurst Rose owned by Mr James Heyworth of Padiham road Burnley – Rose, arguably - out of Adamite’ dau Ashenhurst Duchess sired by ch Ashenhurst Cedric -, and in that case aunt of ch Hellingly Josephine, and grandaunt of ch’s Hellingly Cardinal, Hellingly Marksman & Mr Guy P Greenwood' Benvolio. Centre dd Dec ’30 – arguably ch Uther Penarvon, cc winner at Birmingham Dec ’30. At right dd Feb ‘32 - Mrs Samuelson’ Garlinge Lady Jane and at right her 24m old son ch Cinque Ports Michael, Crufts ’32 cc winner.
Report about the Crystal Palace Show July '70 and part of drawing by Mr Harrison Weir a/o 1st Prize winner at Crystal Palace July '70 - Juno b '69 bred by Mr Edwin Nichols - out of Mr Chas Bathurst Druid' sis Juno ex ch Turk -, and owned by Mr Frank Robinson b ‘48 whose kennels included a/o Mr Greens ch Monarch' sire Hercules and ch Turk, the latter bought from his breeder in Sept '69 for £450, about two months before his marriage to Catherine, eldest daughter of Mr James Attenborough, pawnbroker of 32 Strand London.
Article dd Dec '74 - Mr Frank Robinson’ father Peter Robinson b '04, of Womersley House Hornsey – silkmercer of Oxford- & Regent street, died January ’74 and left £350,000. The article learns that Mr Frank Robinson b ’48 b was entitled to £1,200 a year under his father‘ will, and in it there was a clause which prevented him from encumbering it. It did not occur to him as a man of business and a tradesman that, instead of paying a dog fancier £440 in a lump, it would have been ore honest if he had called his creditors together and had distributed his property among them rateably. The first check for £450 was given to enable Mr Frank Robinson to pay for dogs supplied by Mr Nichols, a fancier. The second check for £350 was given to Mr Frank Robinson, perhaps for gambling purposes or buying more dogs. At the request of his brothers, Mr Frank Robinson made out a list of his creditors to be about £3,500 but he had omitted one item of double that amount. Witness thought his debts now amounted to £9,000.’ – Mr Frank Robinson’ bankruptcy made ch Turk was sold to Mr H S Wallace & Hercules to Mr J L Dickinson after which he became owned by the Wynnes of Scalford. – At right - Peter Robinson' store at Oxford Circus London.
At left dd June ’74 – Tableau of prize winners at Crystal Palace, a/o No 20 Mr Octavius Green’ ch Monarch b ’71 - Faust’ dau Nelly ex Lord Marshams Dick’ son Hercules – artist Mr Percy Thomas Macquoid '52-25. – Centre – A letter dd Jan ’74 by one who not join the Kennel Club denouncing the then Kennel Club system of secrecy about the names of officials at coming KC shows, as exhibitors must have the right to be informed before the day of judging. - At right - Mr A S De Fivas’ sequel of his vendetta against the Mastiff Club and Mr M(alcom) B(ush) Wynne, in which he emphasises upon the need to force the committees of KC shows to take notice of the protest undersigned by the chief Mastiff breeders and exhibitors mentioned in his former letter. He also points out that, 1) once dogs are entered in the show, the KC rules forbid they cannot be removed w/out permission, 2) at Birmingham the judging is conducted in private and ‘not even the press being admitted’.
A lithograph on postcard by the German Friedrich Specht [1839-1909]; the caption tells of a big Mastiff-like dog guarding the food [butcher’ shop ~ see the pig head to the right] while the other dogs are hungry.’ - An excerpt from the Mastiff chapter of Cassell’ New Book of the Dog, written by Mr W(alter) K(elsey) Taunton - ‘Some Mastiffs are possessed of strange idiosyncracies. Turk and many descendants had a great antipathy to butchers and butcher’ shops. Neither of my own two Mastiffs, Cardinal and Gwendolen, would go near a butcher’ shop if it could be avoided, and I have frequently been puzzled in walking through London at four or five o’clock in the morning, on my way to catch an early train to some show, to know why these two dogs would cross the road for no apparent reason, and refuse to cross the road it until some way further on. Eventually I discovered this invariably happened when passing a butcher’ shop. At Norwich show Cardinal suddenly jumped up and flew out at three visitors who were standing admiring him. My man remarked that there must be a butcher close by, or the dog would never do such a thing. The idea was laughed at, but upon his saying he was sure it was so, one of the three admitted that he was a butcher’. - One of the most famous Victorian Mastiffs, the quadruple Crufts winner Peter Piper, was owned by the ‘pork butcher’ Joseph Royle b ’38, of 34 Oldham Road Manchester.
At left photo June ’33 – Youngster 'Marcus Orlando' owned by Miss Mary Bazelia Gaskell Latham b ’95 of Bispham and arguably bred by Mr Leonard Crook, of Tiddicar kennels at Bispham nr Blackpool. Miss Latham’ brother Mr Thomas Marquis Latham b ’97 was employed by Messrs J S Walker & Sons, outfitters of Fishergate nr Preston. He was killed by a shell on the 13th February ‘17, awarded the British War & Victory Medals in recognition of his service for his country and remembered on the Roll of Honour in the Harris Museum and Library in Preston. At right photo Sept ’33 - At the Sheffield Dog Show - Mrs Rosalie Spaanderman and her Sir John Piet b May ’32 & bred by Mr Thomas Jessop Bone of Carnarvon road Huthwaite - out of ch Ashenhurst Cedric' granddau Batsheba sired by Lucky Jim -, the latter out of Gay Girl ? sired by ch Menai Juno’ brother M- Comet – ch Menai Yosemite ex ch Ashenhurst Cedric –.
At left & centre - Protest dd Dec 20th '73 by Mr Alan Stevenson de Fivas ’41-01, solicitor and owner of ch Granby, re Mr M B Wynne’ judging at the Birmingham Dog Show dd Dec 1st to 4th - Champion prize Mr Hanbury’ ch Rajah – 1st prize Mr Elwell’ ch Taurus – see at right - 2nd The Wynnes Peeress' brother Harold b '71 bred by the Wynnes - Charlie' Empress ex ch King - and owned by Mr J L Dickinson of Durham – 3rd Mr Octavius Green' ch Monarch; in bitches champion prize Mr Hanbury' ch Queen - 1st ch Taurus’ sis Herpa bred/owned by Mr Hanbury - 2nd Mr James Morris' Duchess – 3rd Mr Peter Aspinall' Nancy - bred by Mr Bathurst out of Juno ex Miss Aglionby' Wolf. The list counts twenty-seven Mastiff fanciers, amongst them arguably the majority of breeders &/or owners of the then Mastiffs entered in the 1st KC Stud Book - a/o the Misses Aglionby & Hales, Mrs Rawlinson, and the Messrs Champness, Gee, Harris, Hartley, Kay, Portier, and not to forget Mr Harry de Spencer Kingdon of Colyton - Devon. At right – article dd Dec ’75 by Bell’ country correspondent about the Birmingham Dog Show judged by Mr Edgar Hanbury - Best Mastiff in Show cc Mr Banbury’ ch Wolsey - 2nd prize his brother Mr Loftus Leigh Pemberton' Mack – 3rd prize Rev de Castro’ Stanley by ch Granby; in bitches - 1st Mr Winchester Clowes' Empress by ch Granby - 2nd Peeress' sis Duchess bred/owned by the Wynnes - 3rd Rev Hitchens' Mab by Big Ben.
Bottom line is that Mr Hanbury’ success at Birmingham ’73 became confirmed by the next generations of first-class Mastiffs which were almost all linebred to the strain of Mr Hanbury, a/o the two main Victorian studs ch Crown Prince and ch Beau.
Article written by Lesdon breeder Mr Denis Baxter '28-96 dd Feb ’80, shortly after his wife Mrs Betty Baxter, of Farnaby repute, judged the last cc show of '79, ie at the LKA in Dec and where she awarded the cc's to Bulliff Cyning Aelle and Exilado de Cayacoa' dau Dicarl The Promise, reserve cc's went to Mr/Mrs Say' ch Presidents Lad (out of Farnaby Marnie) and Grangemoor Graina; 1st Open Bitches Bulliff Palestrina and 2nd Open Dogs Farnaby Fiery Fred. In a 'Bulliff' interview published Summer '10 and talking about her early years in the breed, Mrs Lyn Say mentions - 'Betty Bensley (now Baxter) was a good mentor and we have much to thank her for.' - Together with his wife Mrs Betty Baxter, Denis judged Mastiffs about twenty times at cc level.
His major one was at Crufts '85 (substituting Mr Douglas Oliff - absent due to force majeure) where he awarded BOB to the 15 months old Bulliff Warrior. It was the 1st cc for ‘Warry', a Medicine Man' paternal great-grandson who won nine cc’s before his second birthday. Farnaby/Lesdon Mastiffs were type-wise one of the most recognisable strains in their day, mostly soundly built dark brindles carrying clean heads but lacking a standard-wise correct stop. At right – Mr Chris Say handling 'Warry'; the arrow points to the judge Mr Denis Baxter, btw a competent nutritionist by profession.
CC winner at the four former Crufts shows ch Hollesley Medicine sired three prize winners at Crufts '85, followed by his son ch Honeycroft Danny Boy, his grandson Bulliff Ranger, ch Forefoot Prince Igor, ch Parcwood W Bear, Belbeck Plantation Boss, Bulliff Cyning Aelle, and Bulliff Khan, each 2. Mr Douglas Oliff' next judging appointment was at the Birmingham Show '86 and awarded the cc's to Crufts '85 res cc winner ch Glynpedr Dom Ruinart and ch Cedwalla Sweet Ellenor; reserve cc's went to Bulliff Razzermataz and ch Prixcan Almeria.
At left – Farnaby Lucky Attempt b March '69 - Copenore Jason' dau ch Taddington Diamond Lil ex ch Havengore Balint' son Farnaby Merrick - Lucky Attempt grandsired Mr/Mrs Say' ch Presidents Lad, ch Hubbastone Countess Carolina, ch Farnaby Rainy Patch, ch Yarme Jane & ch Yarme Susan, -. Centre - his daughter ch Artifax Arabella b Jan '72 out of ch Copenore Friar’ dau Buckhall M Jennifer - Bella became maternal granddam of Mr/Mrs Baxter’ ch Parcwood W Bear, Mrs Windham ch Falmore Langton and Messrs Thomas & Tugwell ch Bredwardine Beau Ideal - At right - a present example nearing the standard-wise correct head.
At left dd April ’38 – Mrs Mrs Peggy Mary A Braybrooke née Bailey ’14-01, of Thurnby House Strawberry Hill road Twickenham nr London, with a pre-WWII youngster. She sticked to the breed and after the war she purchased Zimapan Krashina - Fanifold Undine ex Sparry Crusader - and mated her to Havengore Adam, which produced 1) Ardleighpark Charles b ’58 owned by her daughter Miss P Braybrooke, of Ardleigh Park - the Braybrookes' country residence - nr Colchester ca 70 mls NW of London city -, and 2) his sis Boadicea purchased by Saxondale breeders Mr/Mrs Taylor who mated Boadicea to Weyacres Lincoln, which gave ch Copenore Friar’ dam Saxondale Cleopatra. The Braybrookes also owned Silver Yoli , sis to Miss Joan Windham’ Mumbery Phoenix’ b Dec ’50 & bred by Mansatta breeder Mr Fred Bowles - out of Mansatta Jana ex Heatherbelle Sterling Silver – Phoenix'photo see Miscellanea Four -. Her husband Mr Charles Reginald Braybrooke served during WWII as a tank commander. His ‘CR Braybrooke & Co Ltd’ - Moorgate London firm, incorporated on 13 August ’46, became one of the large UK companies of the field ‘Food Import & Export’. – Centre – Photograph dd Jan ’54. - At right – Royal Plate.
Dog World Xmas '32 advert fr l to r - ch Hellingly Ajax b June 29, Selene b '27 - ch Cleveland Premier' paternal niece' Brigeawa ex ch Ashenhurst Cedric -, and Tiddicar Major b Sept ‘30 – Selene ex Ajax -, elder brother of Miss Farquahar’ Leon McLean and Crufts '37 cc winner Mr Fred Webb’ Kinder Monarch under Major Harding Cox – res cc Hellingly Duke’ son Ileden Gunner, 3rd ch Hellingly Marksman’ son ch Hellingly Mark. An outspoken 'rams nose' didn't withold Mr Leonard Crook' ch Hellingly Ajax from becoming by far the most successful show Mastiff of the first part of the 1930s collecting not less than 11 cc's, but never won at the two main shows, ie Crufts and Birmingham or under the breed judges Messrs Guy P Greenwood, Wm Hunter Johnston, Geo Joice, and Miss E M Garland.
Dd Sept ’27 - Mr G P Greenwoods Duke’ dau Lady Julia owned by Mr George Shand Jr, master baker & general merchant of ‘Hamewith’ 10 Market Square Inverbervie, and at right Master Robert owned by Mr Arthur Eaton Leighton, of Inverpark cottage Castle Terrace Maryfield Dundee, wine & spirit merchant and publican of the Old Skippers Bar 129/131 Princes street Dundee - & East Docks Bar 240/242 High street Methil. - At right – The Drill Hall Bell street, venue of the yearly Dundee Dog Show.
Article by Meps founder Mr Maurice Edouard Perrenoud’ wife Mrs Alice E Perrenoud née Seaborn, and according to the article she was ‘associated with Mastiffs during all the fifty years', iow a breed fancier since the mid-thirties and even before she married Mr Perrenoud (1940). At right Mrs Belva Funk and Am ch Meps Tristan. 2rd row – Farnaby breeder Mrs Betty Baxter' report about the MCOA Specialty at Memphis ’83. The quote - 'So many muzzles were 'snipey', the lips going back in a slight curve instead of hanging straight down' - is quite puzzling as it rather refers to the Bloodhound-like flabby lips, ie 'falling squarely making a right angle with upper line of foreface' - instead of the Mastiff standard description - 'lips diverging at obtuse angles with septum, and slightly pendulous so as to show a square profile.'
Dd 7th July ’77 – Drawing by the renowned artist Richard Hewitt Moore who drew a/o the correct OEMC head type dd 1902 as well. Above at left Mr Kingdon’ famous Barry next to Mr Kingdon’ foundation brood Alp; below his Dagmar & Duchess, arguably siblings of the litter out of Alp sired by Mr Hanbury’ Prince (by Mr Lukey’ Governor). Dd 21th July ’77 - One of the very scarce articles by Mr Edgar Hanbury, arguably the most influential breeder of the 1860/70s, followed dd Aug ’77 by ‘Lyme champion’ Mr Harry de Spencer Kingdon' response.
Mr Hanbury mentions – ‘The result of the cross between my dog Prince (ed Bill George Tiger' dau ch Duchess ex Mr Lukey' Governor) and Mr Kingdon' Alp, utterly disappointed me.’ – This statement must have tickled the attention of his founding Mastiff Breeding Club colleagues, the Wynnes of Scalford, whose ch Peeress was out of ch Empress 2372, the latter sired by one from the cross Prince/Alp, namely Mr Hodge’ Charlie. Further on Mr Hanbury rightly ‘objects to the illusion that the Lyme Hall Mastiffs are necessarily pure bred Mastiffs’, and that in sheer ‘pedigree-less’ times he had to make his selections by ‘appearance’. On the other side Mr Kingdon recalls that ‘Mr Hanbury pressed me to breed with him that he might get my blood, and backed his opinions of its excellence by purchasing (I think) eight of eleven pups of my original stock before we bred together.’ -
Article dd Sep ’84 by Cerberus, arguably the pen name of Rev Clifford Targett ’29-86 who wrote the Mastiff contribution for a series of dog books on lesser-known breeds, and offered the copyright and the Royalties to the OEMC. Worsening health forced him to retire in ‘80 and the family moved to Shanklin - Isle of Wight. Mrs Betty Baxter wrote a memoir of him, starting with – ‘The Rev Targett first wrote to me regarding both the publication of the book being written by Patricia Hoffman and myself, and he hoped for publication of the book he was writing on the Mastiff. With this common interest Denis and I visited him on the Isle of Wight in January this year (ed – ’86)' -. Rev Targett' article mentions a/o -'two bandogs, thought to be Mastiffs. The term bandog was used for one which was chained or used as a guard.' - which might indicate both the terms bandog and mastiff were used loosely to describe the same type of guard dog. For further info on Rev Clifford Targett - see Miscellanea Six.
At left – dd Feb ’95 re Mastiffs numbering forty at Crufts judged by ch Ha Ha’ breeder Mr Wm Norman Higgs – cc Mr Joseph Royle’ ch Peter Piper by Tom Bowling, res cc Mr C C Rice’ Ethelred by Tom Bowling’ brother Iron Duke – cc ch Frigga Secunda’ dau Osburga II, res cc ch Mark Antony’ dam Stafford Belle; the cigar manufacturer Mr Louis R Dobbelmann, of Rotterdam, got a 3rd prize with Jonathan, and a HC with Eldees Duke, by Am ch Minting’ paternal nephew Rotterdam Max, which sired - bred/owned by another Dutchman ie Mr E P Meyer, druggist of 45a Reinkenstreet The Hague, - as well. Mr Meyer’ Little Boy & Lady Anny got 3rd prizes at Crufts ’94 -, and were mentioned in the Crufts ’95 catalogue but absent on the day. Earlier on, Mr Meyer purchased ch Holland’ Black Boy b ‘95 from his breeder Mr Louis Dobbelmann, and sold him ca ’97/98 to Mr Luke Crabtree. – Below at left – Advert of Mr E P Meyer, dd 1900 of Reinkesstraat The Hague - 'Overseas Andel-Powder. Kills infallibly lice fleas, cockroaches, moths, fleas, ants, woodlice, lice of birds, and in general all harmful insects.’ - An advert dd '03 mentions Mr E P Meyer' drugstore at closeby 12 King’ Place The Hague – second row –.
At right - ch Ha Ha b Sept '94 - Tom Bowling' sis Stella III ex ch Frigga Secunda’ son Dynevor -. Owned by Mr J H Lee -Bywater kennels, Ha Ha got a 1st prize at Colchester described as ‘a thick one with a fair head' -; 2nd Lady Hatton by ch Hotspur’ son Lord Hatton – ‘a good skull but too long in the face. – Ha Ha, purchased by Mr James Hampton Lee, undertaker of 36 Victoria road Widnes Lancs, got the Crufts 1900 cc; Ha Ha, transferred to Mr Robt Leadbetter, and, aged 6 ½, got under Mr Luke Crabtree the Crufts ’01 cc as well. Her sis Honor was owned by Mr Alfred John Thorpe, Manager Sewing Machine manufactury of 28 Mayfield road Eccles, who bred one litter, ie out of ch Elgiva' maternal half-sis Silverdale Lady Evelyn sired by his ch Marc Antony, resulting in Mr Luke Crabtree’ Blondin and ch Nuneaton Helga’ grandsire Prince Hampton. Mr Thorpe owned ch Marc Antony’ son ch Marksman – sold to Mr Robt Leadbetter – Honor went to Mr Ernest Walker Davenport, Packing Warehouse Manager of 7 Albert Road Cheadle Hulme nr Stockport Cheshire, and ch Marc Antony to the Dutch dentist Mr Gerbrand Deetman.
At left – dd Oct 1896 Mrs Wilhelmina ‘Idonea’ Stopford née Cramer b '62-05 of Rathmore House Kinsale overlooking Oysterhaven & Ferney Blackrock Co Cork South coast Ireland, Vice President of the Ladies Kennel Association, Mastiff breeder/exhibitor and member of the Northern Mastiff Club founded in 1894 under the Presidency of Mr Wm Watts of Wavertree nr Liverpool; Mrs Stopford purchased a/o ch Constable’ brindle dau Carshalton Alice bred by Mr W K Taunton - Bassanio' dau Lady Blodwen ex ch Hotspur’ son ch Constable -, and Gipsey bred by Mr Robt Leadbetter. She bred St Patrick b ’94 out of Lady Lu 'a fine big bitch' – bred by Captain Cooper – sired by her own-bred Prince Frederick – ch Hotspur' dau Tiny Hotspur ex ch Montgomery’ son Kaiser Frederick -, described at Dublin '95 as - 'the tallest in the class and has fair front, short face, and moves well behind.', his dam Tiny Hotspur - 'was best in head, face and markings, but was decidedly out of condition.' -
Her drawing-room is decorated by a fine portrait in oils of St Patrick, and numerous photographs of other pets. - At right - dd June '29 - Castlegrange breeder Mrs Rosina aka 'Rosie' Parker-Keene, of Castle Grange Ashford Co Wicklow Ireland, married in ’12 Mr Alexander Parker Keene ’72-37, gentleman farmer on an extensive scale, Hon Sec of Newcastle Farmers’ Association.
At left dd June ’25 - Mrs Parker-Keene’ Risebridge Ambrose, arguably brother to Risebridge Betty b ’24 & bred by Mr A Gerard - out of Peggy unr sired by ch Woden’ sire Poor Joe – and owned by Mrs Elsie Park, of Brunwins kennels Rettendon Common – Poor Jerry & Royoak Beauty were Ambrose' other siblings. Mrs Elsie Park was the breeder of Coldblow Sally, the only English bred fertile Mastiff brood left after WWII, and renowned for her daughter Major Keith Hulbert’ Frithend Nydia which produced six litters all sired by the brindle Am import Valiant Diadem. For more info on Mrs Park – see Miscellanea Four -. Risebridge Betty' sis Baltana, owned by Mrs Ethel E Peet b ‘89 of 51 Upper Brook Street Stockport Cheshire, got the Birmingham '25 cc under Miss Cecile Mavis Garland, res cc ch Menai Yosemite' sis Mrs S E Duce' Lady Beatrice. - Centre – dd June ’28 Miss Patricia Glendinning Corry & Fionbar. At right – dd Sep ’27 – Northern King owned by Major William Elliot Hill Workman, of Carrowdore Castle nr Bangor Co Down Northern Ireland, and principal of the ship-building firm Workman, Clarke & Co.
Obituary dd ’87 written by Miss Barbara Blackstone '01-98, daughter of Dr Willoughby Arthur Blackstone '68-39 of 1 Ardale Close Worthing - nr the Sussex South Coastline, on Mrs Marie Antoinette Moore ‘00-87 whose collection at Lyme Hall was still on display when she was attending the OEMC Championship Show there dd Aug ’84, and where I did my first impressions on the breed fancy in England. Still regretting to have left the chance of having a wee chat with the bright eyed but very frail looking Mrs Moore. Note - In ‘46 the 3rd Lord Newton gave the Hall and 1323 acres to the National Trust, which in ‘47 granted a ninety-nine-year lease on Lyme to Stockport Corporation.
Centre - Mrs Moore' Engl & Am ch Blackroc Falcon b June '61 - ch Havengore Dawn' brindle sis H- Gipsy ex ch Havengore Drake -, a/o Crufts '64 cc under Moonsfield breeder Mrs Edna Harrild - res cc Mrs Phil Greenwell' ch Weatherhill Thor. Falcon sired Am ch Dahlseide Dame Dickens, and mated to ch Reveille Juggernaut' son Master of the Woods, she produced Am ch Dahlseide Alexander, the latter being sire of a/o Gulph Mills Mugger.
At right - Photograph taken on the occassion of the Towcester' OEMC Ch Show '86 and presenting the Blackstone sisters Miss Phyllida b '09 and Miss Barbara b '01, the latter OEMC Newsletter Editor up to the 1990s. The sisters were befriended with Wythybush breeder Miss Ianthe Bell since the 1920s and when she died dd '60 they had - quote - 'the unpleasant and harrowing task of overseeing the wishes laid down in Miss Bell' will of the destruction of the Wythybush Mastiffs with the exception of a dog, two bitches and a litter of puppies who were spared under strict terms with the Executor. Both Phylidda and Barbara, despite their long association with the breed, joined the Club in '61. Three years later the staunch and tireless Hon Secretary Mrs Norah Dickin retired and Miss Barbara became OEMC Secretary and continued until her retirement in '76, always supported, assisted and accompanied by Miss Phyll' who died at the age of 101 years.' - In '66 Miss Barbara judged the breed for the 1st time at cc level and rounded her judging career of about a dozen appointments at Bath '82 awarding the cc's to the Honeycroft champions twin Danny Boy & Dolly Daydream.
At left – At Leeds Ch Show '88 - The Hon OEMC Secretary '76-91 Mrs Barbara J Cooper (Oxhaege breeder) receiving No 1 Copy of the reprint of M B Wynne’ History of the Mastiff by the publisher Mr Steve Ribbons, of Dogs in Print, who possessed the original hand-written copy incl a photograph of Mr Lukey and one of his brindles. Centre – Mrs B J Cooper and ch Hollesley Rupert b ’82 - ch Hollesley Rowella ex her brother ch H-Medicine Man - on the occasion of Towcester’ OEMC Ch Show dd Aug '85 winning BOB, res cc ch Zanfi Imperial Eagle under Overnoons breeder Mrs G E P How, once owner of double Crufts’ winner ch Buckhall Mr Micawber - see at right -. Mrs ‘Ben' How née Janice Penrice Benson '15-04 - m in '41 RN Commander George Evelyn Prentice How '94-53 - was OEMC member since '51. She was one of the most influential pre-WWII antique dealers, universally acknowledged to be the greatest expert on English spoons. Quote - 'She had a passion for cars, and it was not unusual to see a Bentley arriving at a show with a Mastiff in the passenger seat giving the impression there was no driver for she was so small in stature.’ – For more info on Mrs How – see The Eighties page.
At left & right dd Sept ‘27 - the Mastiff Fionbar owned by Miss Patricia Glendinning Corry of Losthurst Dunmurry nr Belfast. Miss Patricia G Corry b ’06 of Longhurst Dunmurry nr Belfast, was the daughter of Captain Robert Pinkerton Corry CBE. Miss P G Corry, an International hockey player and champion tennis player, married in '31 Mr Arthur Gotto Webb of Redlands Randalstown; Mr Webb’ name is associated with the linen industry - chairman of the Old Bleach Linen Co and of the Irish Linen Society. He was twice Irish Close Golf Champion. Miss P G Corry’ grand-father Robert William Corry, of Benvue Windsor Park Belfast, was a merchant and ship owner. - The left photograph shows Mr M'Conachie' harlequin Great Dane Saintfield Prince & Mrs T Preston' Roseyess as well.
Article published in ‘The Vancouver Sun Magazine’ Supplement dd October 14 '50 incl pics of 'Mrs Mellish and ch Heatherbelle Yorick', and ‘Cleo goes fishing with her master.' - Mrs Hyacinth Margaret Mellish née Harfield, a skilled music teacher b ’12 in Fareham nr Southampton UK, emigrated in ‘33 to Victoria Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada. She started a year later the Heatherbelle kennels (also incl Scottish - & West Highland Terriers) and in ’40 she married Mr Humphrey Walter Mellish. She died in ‘97 and left a generous legacy worth at least $300,000 to the Canadian Institute for the Blind.
At left – ‘Hero’ published in Mr Henry Webb' canine book dd ’73; Hero was the original name of Druid 2290 owned by Mr Chas Bathurst and bred by Mr Wm Elmsley - Bathurst' Juno ex Mr Geo H Weller' Wallace -, but acc to Mr Webb' book it goes about Hero owned by Rev Ralph O Yearsley' Hero - Mr Nichols' Duchess ex ch Turk -. – At right - Article dd Jan ’83. Amongst those present 1) Mr Vero Kemball Shaw, Hon Secretary pro tempore, who published the famous book ‘The illustrated book of the dog' dd ’81 incl splendid chromolithographs, a/o of Druid’ maternal grandson, the iconic ch Wolsey – see below –, owned by Mr Frederick George Banbury, M P of Shirley House Coombe nr Croydon, and edited the National Dog Club stud books ‘81-82-83, and 2) Dr John Henry Walsh aka ‘Stonehenge’, author of canine books incl breed standards, and one of the Kennel Club’ 16 founding members. Note - The National Dog Society, Nottingham, was active against the KC during the late 19th century.
Mr Mark Hutchings, former Chairman of Crufts Committee, wrote – The Shooting Dog Club, forerunner of The National Dog Club, was founded in early ‘67 and a list of original members reveals they were mainly wealthy landowners resident in southern England who used dogs to help them when they were shooting.
‘The Field’ supported the idea of this club but in one editorial drew the attention of readers to what it considered was an unfortunate title. Unfortunately, ‘an influential nobleman’ declined to support the club, and was antagonistic towards it because one of is favourite retrievers had just been accidentally shot - other gentlemen supported him.
Several meetings of the Shooting Dog Club took place in ‘67 and ‘68 but at a meeting of the club on the 1st December ‘68 in Birmingham, under the chairmanship of Mr R T L Price, the name was changed to the National Dog Club. Other resolutions passed included the suggested production of a stud book; the organisation of a show in ‘69 for all breeds of dog and that a register of members dogs should be kept .
The first meeting of 'The National Dog Club’ was in Dec '68 at the Adelphi Hotel Liverpool - Mr Geo Russell Rogerson, solicitor, in the chair, Rev Wm J Mellor in the vice-chair, and amongst the ten other present members were dog judge Mr William Lort of Kings Norton, and Rev J Cumming Macdona of West Kirby. Among the resolutions passed was one concerning club membership; an increase in the size of the committee; Mr John Douglas to be the show manager in ‘69; the secretary to maintain a list of members’ dogs and a number of new members were elected. A further meeting of the NDC was held at Belle Vue Gardens Manchester on 24th Dec ‘68, again with Mr G R Rogerson in the chair. Among the resolutions passed was that two prominent members were added to the committee, seven members were appointed to draw up club rules and that breed standards be prepared for the future guidance of judges.
All three meetings of The NDC in ‘68 coincided with shows in the major cities of England. ‘Land and Water’ could find no fault with the rules which appeared in February '69. Rule three stated - ‘A donation of ten guineas shall constitute a life member and a subscription of one guinea a yearly member. No member shall incur any liability beyond his subscription.’ - Further meetings of The NDC were proposed including one at Hanley in Jan ‘69. The club eventually held a show for all dog breeds at Laycocks Dairy Yard on 1st - 3rd June ‘69 and ‘Land and Water’ indicated that no other type of all breed dog show had taken place in London in the previous three years and taken as a whole the exhibition was above the usual average. Some people stated it was the finest dog show held at that time. On the positive side the show attracted 958 entries and 400 other entries were refused due to lack of space.' -
Note - At Laycocks Dairy Yard dd June ‘69 Mr Thomas H V Lukey' ch Beauty - Governor' dau Treasure ex ch King - took 1st prize, 2nd prize ch Turk' brother Prince, owned by Mr J Bird of Hammersmith, and an extra prize for Mr Lukeys ch Beauty' brother Baron, the latter maternal grandsire of Mr W H Balliston' ch The Shah, Mr Mark Beaufoy' ch Nero & Mr W K Taunton' ch Griselda.
At left – Mr Wm Elmsley’ Darley Hall nr Matlock Derbys. Centre - Article dd January ’67 about Mr William Elmsley 1797-66, a/o judge of the Derbyshire County Courts and Queen' Counsel. Mr Wm Elmsley bred Druid b ’65 – Bathurst Juno ex Mr Geo H Weller’ Wallace – see at right -, the latter an apricot brindle with white chest and toes, bred by Mr Thomas H V Lukey - out of the blue or slate coloured Bruce II’ dau Bounty Bruce ex Bruce II -, and owned by sollicitor Mr George Henry Weller '19-86 of 21 Ashbourne Road St Werburghs Derby, Registrar of the Derbyshire County Courts.
One of the judges at Laycock’ Dairy Yard dd '69, the first and only show organised by the National Dog Club, Mr Wm Dewson Lort '23-91 - see centre - of Cotteridge farm Kings Norton, Yockleton Hall Salop - see at right - & Fron Goch Hall Llanllugan Wales, 'enjoyed the life of a wealthy land proprietor', being the son of William Lort 1788-67, of Raglan House Raglan Place Moseley Road Balsall Heath, one of the founders of the Midland Bank and a member of the original board of directors. Quote dd July ’77 – ‘He is one of the few men in the UK who are competent to adjudicate on 24 classes of all varieties, sporting and non-sporting, so well fitted or so excellent, as those which were witnessed at Chelmsford to-day.' -
The entries at Laycock’ Dairy Yard far exceeded those at other shows held previously, including the all breed dog show organised by the Birmingham Dog Show Society annually since ‘60 and at which there was a one guinea subscription, a practice not followed at the NDC show. The show attracted five entries from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales '41-10 – together with Princess Alexandra scrutinizing the popular German Boarhounds -, who later became King Edward VII in ‘01, and Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales. At 5.30 pm on the 2nd June '69, their royal highnesses made an official visit to the show accompanied by The Crown Prince of Denmark, who was the brother of The Princess of Wales.
They were received at the entrance by the chairman of the NDC, Mr George Russell Rogerson, solicitor of Waterloo nr Liverpool, and introduced to two of the judges, Messrs Wm Lort of Kings Norton and John Walker of Oakes House 254 Stainland Road Holywell Green Halifax. These three men then escorted the royal party around the show during which time they showed considerable interest in the exhibits. It also attracted many spectators and at the time of the show the National Dog show had in excess of two-hundred members.
In ‘The Field’ of 5th June ‘69, Reverend Thomas Pearce, who had the pseudonym ‘Idstone’, wrote - ‘We are glad to be able to assert that the first exhibition held under the auspices of this club - now numbering amongst its members all the most distinguished breeders and many celebrated sportsmen - has been a complete success’. On the negative side the judges generally refused to judge dogs by ‘the points system’ , which was suggested by the organising committee , opposed by ‘Land and Water’ but supported by ‘The Field’. The show was not a financial success and there were organisational problems. It was the one and only show organised by the NDC , but seven of the twelve gentlemen who assisted Mr Sewallis E Shirley and Mr John H Murchison, a mining engineer, to organise the first Crystal Palace show in ‘70 had been members of the NDC. At least four of the twelve gentlemen who founded the KC with Mr S E Shirley in April ‘73 and at least four of the eleven gentlemen who organised the first KC show at the Crystal Palace in June ‘73 , had been members of the NDC. - At the Islington' NDC show -Laycocks Dairy Yard -, the Prince of Wales got a 3rd prize with his ownbred Duchess 2367 - Rahnee ex Mr Hanbury' Prince by Governor -.
‘According to Mr Edward Wm Jaquet in ‘The Kennel Club - a history and record of its work’, The National Dog Club had little impact on the foundation of the Kennel Club in '73 which he considered was the outcome of earlier Crystal Palace dog shows. However, articles in The Field, the Country Gentleman’ Newspaper, and Land and Water tend to suggest otherwise. –
An Ebay seller from Stockport Cheshire offers presently an original press silver print dd Jan ’65 of actor Patrick Wymark '26-70 and a three-year old Mastiff called ‘Hector’ owned by Cornhaye breeder Mrs Jeanette/Janet Roberts of Newbury who bred her 1st litter in '65. Time-related KC Breed Record Supplements mention only one transfer to Mrs J Roberts, namely Saxondale Samson born Sept ’61 & bred by the Saxondale breeders Mr/Mrs Harry & Flora Taylor of Cornwall - out of Weyacres Lincoln’ dau Saxondale Boadicea ex Weyacres Lincoln' son Copenore Jason -. Quite likely the photograph shows Mrs Roberts' Saxondale Samson.
Mrs Roberts' Saxondale Samson was sibling of Saxondale Beric which, mated to ch Moonsfield Baron' dau Hollesley Larena, gave Rillamil Cassandra; the latter, mated to ch Weatherhill Thor, produced a litter containing a/o
ch Buckhall Baron Spencer (which sired ch Hollesley Dagda & sis ch H- Sheba), Buckhall Baron Wolsey (Oxhaege Thorkel' sire), Buckhall Fiona (produced the Says' Shute President & Mrs Baxter Shute Alice), Buckhall Esme (produced the Hicks’ foundation brood Lisken Rowena), and Buckhall Anthea (produced Bournewood breeder Mrs Mary Denton’ foundation brood Buckhall Anthea). Unfortunately Samson himself never produced any KC registered offspring.
At left dd Sept ’10 – the Legh family of Lyme Hall, incl - at extreme left - their daughter Lettice aka Mrs J Egerton Warburton who married the son of Colonel Piers Egerton Warburton of Arley Hall Nortwich, ie Captain John Egerton Warburton who died in Aug '15 from wounds received in action. At right dd April ’46 - Lyme Hall estate offered to the National Trust. -
Second row dd April '1871 – Leghs’ park-keeper Mr Joseph Watson buried in 1753 in his 105th year. He had known three generations of Leghs, ie Richard Legh 1634-87, Peter Legh XII † ’44, and Peter Legh XIII 1706-92. Arguably he had known their Mastiffs as well.
Here at right - Two Dogs: a Lyme Mastiff and a Papillon - British (English) School ca 1800. On show at 'A La Ronde', Devon South West National Trust.
Caption reads - 'A Lyme Mastiff was a breed of Mastiff which was bred by the Legh family of Lyme Park - Cheshire and died out at the end of the 19th century. The dog, lying on the ground in between the legs of the Mastiff, has been identified as a Papillon, a breed of Toy Spaniel, white with a black patch over its left eye and a large black patch on its hindquarters.' -
The painting dd ca 1800 shows a Mastiff type of guard horribly maimed by the ear cropping. Apparent features are the dark apricot or tawny colour of coat incl white patches above the eyes and lack of mask, high hocks, the extreme ring tail and arguably the feathers off the thigh. But the well-fed dog, broad chested between straight fore limbs, oozes great alertness and energy having a strong top line and backhand well bent.
At left dd May ’29; 2nd from left dd June ’29 Castlegrange Angela & Adam; below Miss P G Corry' Fionbar -; 3rd fr left - dd June ‘29 – Castlegrange Adam b Dec ’27 – Castlegrange Ann ex ch Ashenhurst Cedric' son King Agrippa - his sis Castlegrange Angela weighed dd ’32 reportedly 224 lb - their dam Ann was bred by Menai breeder Mr Bob Thomas - out of Menai Victoria ex ch Ashenhurst Cedric –, and therefore maternal half sis to ch Ursula, ch Helga and Hellingly Lady Here b May 26 by ch Woden – Menai Victoria b Sept ’24 bred by Mr Arthur Mott – Pinxton Lady ex ch King Baldur – Pinxton Lady was sis to Miss Allin' Cadwallader – ch Weland’ dau Portia ex Ashenhurst Duke -. At right - snapshot dd Nov ’29.
At left dd Sept ’29 – the Mastiff Cormac Gyrth owned by Mr Donald Bruce Hamilton of Dromore - ca 15 mls S of Belfast –, probably related to Major Charles Moorhead Hamilton, J P of Lakemount Dromore – a contemporary Irish prize winner was Alladin owned by Mrs Rosemary J Webb, the wife of Mr Patrick Brooke Webb of Barney’s Brae farm Randalstown - ca 20 mls NW of Belfast - who was dd ’49 chairman of Antrim County Council and living at Clady Cottage Dunadry –; 2nd fr left dd Dec ’34 – Castlegrange Ambassador.
At right dd Feb '40/ March '40 – two ‘special' photographs (published during WWII) featuring the first-prize winning Mastiff Tiddicar Majestic of Miss Dorothy Bell, daughter of Mr Andrew Lockhart Bell, of 4 Elmwood Terrace Lisburn road Belfast, grandson of Mr Richard Bell sr of New York. Tiddicar Majestic, arguably out of ch Hellingly Ajax’ dau Beta ex ch Hellingly Cardinal’ son Tiddicar Black Prince -. The photo of Majestic at the extreme right was taken on Easter Monday at Belfast’ Bellevue Pleasure Gardens including a/o a zoo - see below at right pic dd March '40.
Wiki quote - 'The story of Belfast' Bellevue Zoo begins with the city' public transport system. At the beginning of the 20th century, passengers from Belfast were transported to the villages of Whitewell and Glengormley by horse-drawn trams belonging to the Belfast Street Tramway company and steam tramways from Cavehill and Whitewell. In 1911, the tram line was taken over by Belfast Corporation, now Belfast City Council.
The corporation decided to build a miniature railway, playground, and pleasure gardens. The area was named Bellevue, meaning 'good or pretty view'. During the 1920s and 1930s, the gardens were a popular destination for day trips. In 1933, the corporation decided to install a representative zoological collection on the site. Then, in 1934, 12 acres on either side of the Grand Floral Staircase, a series of steps designed to reach the top of the hillside, were laid out as Bellevue Zoo. It took 150 men to build the site and the steps can still be seen from Antrim Road today.
The zoo was opened on 28 March 1934 by Sir Crawford McCullough, the then Lord Mayor of Belfast. The venture was supported by Councillor RJR Harcourt from Belfast Corporation and was partnered by George Chapman, an animal dealer and circus entrepreneur. It cost £10,000 (approximately £700,000 in today' money) to build and a total of 284,713 people visited the zoo in its first year.' -
The Duke of Devonshire, of Chatsworth House nr Edensor Derbyshire, owned the Mastiff Bendigo, arguably named after the world-wide famous bare-knuckle boxer William Abednego Thompson 1811-80 who was born and lived at Nottingham ca thirty miles South of Chatsworth House. He was very agile, earning the nickname ‘Bendy’ because of his constant bobbing and weaving around the ring; later on 'Bendy' Abednego became ‘Bendigo'. The painter Richard Ansdell' famous Leo was (along his dam Juno) a lineal descendant of the Duke of Devonshire’ Mastiff Bendigo. Mr Ansdell’ Leo great-grandsired Mr W K Taunton’ brindle ch Cardinal which on his turn grandsired the dark brindle Bendigo II b July ‘86 & bred by Mr Harry Ralph, hotelkeeper of Cecil Street Strand London, - out of ch Punch' dau Celina sired by ch Cardinal' son Commodore -.
Dr Sidney Turner, the judge of the Crystal Palace Show March ’88, gave him a HC and reported – ‘Bendigo II is a very fine grown brindle, good in skull, mask and eye, fair ears, but weak in muzzle, and he moved his near hind leg rather stiffly.’ - Mr Richard Cook judged at Ilford ’88 and wrote – ‘HC & r Bendigo II is developing into a very large dog, capital in colour, with good legs and feet, too long in muzzle, and very coarse in stern. If the black points so much to be desired in fawn coloured dogs can be obtained by crossing with dark brindles, Bendigo II is the dog I should recommend.' – At right – August 1890 OEMC Crystal Palace Exhibition – Respective sires - ch Beaufort - Sir Stafford, Ellora, & Vandarri; - ch Orlando - ch Frigga; - ch Hotspur - ch Constable & ch Carshalton Prince; - ch Cardinal' son Commodore - Chrysolite, paternal half brother of Bendigo II.
August ‘27 – The youngster Castlegrange Ann – ch Baldur’ dau Menai Victoria ex ch Ashenhurst Cedric - and her owner Mrs Rosina Parker-Keene née Saunders ’79 Kensington London - perhaps related to the Saunders family with Ceylon roots, a/o Mr Walter Kenneth George Saunders b ’72 of Kensington Palace Mansions De Vere Gardens W, director of Ceylon Consolidated Rubber Estates Ltd, and Sir Frederick Richard Saunders, Government Treasurer of Ceylon. Miss Rosina Saunders married in ’12 at Kensington – London Mr Alexander Parker-Keene, of Castle Grange Rathnew Newcastle Co Wicklow, and moved to his Irish estate Castle Grange. At right – obituary dd Jan ’37 of her husband Alexander, aged 65; she died in October '50 at Castle Grange too, and left an estate valued £29,228.
At left & centre – photographs dd Aug ’31 & dd Aug ’33 of ch Hellingly Ajax b June ’29. At right – Mastiffs at Hellingly taken from the OEMC Year Book 1929 – 4th from right – ch H- Ajax’ dam Lumbering Sheila – ch King Baldur' Hardingham Lady Lydia ex ch Wescroft Blaise – who, mated to ch H- Marksman, produced ch H- Mark b ‘33 -; at extreme left ch H- Ajax' presumable sire ch Hellingly Joseph bred by Mr Henry Young who bred Hellingly foundation brood ch Wantley Joy as well - 4th from left - further on ch Ileden Volo’ maternal aunt H- Hecuba (Joy ex Joseph) - H- Boadicea (H- Almost ex Mr G P Greenwood' ch Duke) - H- Lady Here bred by Miss Bell (ch King Baldur’ dau Menai Victoria ex ch Woden) – H- Almost bred by Menai breeder Mr Bob Thomas, sis to ch M- Juno & Anglesea (ch Menai Yosemite ex ch Ashenhurst Cedric) – Westcroft Flavia bred by Ashenhurst breeder Mr Norman Haigh (Ashenhurst Duchess ex her paternal nephew ch Ashenhurst Cedric).
Ch Hellingly Ajax’ pedigree is a 'sleeper' which probably never shall be unveiled, ie his sire dated as ‘ch Hellingly Joseph OR ch Arolite’. Hellingly’ flagship was ch H- Joseph, but Ajax contributed a lot to the fame of Hellingly kennels, as did his sis Arethrusa too. Both Ajax & Arethrusa were out of Hellingly' sixth litter; Mr/Mrs Oliver kept a lot of pups sired by Joseph, but also some sired Mr Herbert Cook’ ch Cleveland Premier and Mr Guy P Greenwood' ch Duke, although - so far as known - not a single one sired by Mr J G Joice’ ch Arolite.
At left - Ch Crown Prince dd 1883 by miniature painter John William Bailey 1831-14 - miniature enamel on copper measuring 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Antique wood and gesso frame is original with piece and measures 7" x 7". On the back of the painting is a paper label. Printed on the label is ‘Winslow' dog, ‘Champion’. Bailey was born in London and was educated at Stratford-on-Avon. He received artistic training under William Essex, and executed portraits and enamels of dogs. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy for three decades 1859-89. Offered by Ms Angela Ramsey Eveslage of Fine Art & Antiques - New Salisbury Indiana USA, and sold for $1,200 $. -
Ch Crown Prince' universally known full-sized photograph - see halfway Miscellanea Six - published in the Hutchinson’ Dog Encyclopaedia dd ’34 was made by Dixon & Son, most probably also the photographer(s) of the image presenting ch Crown Prince above at right.
Although the short-bodied but bulky ch Crown Prince was spoiled by weak unsound hind quarters, he became thé show Mastiff of the early 1880s and, reportedly, black points and eye colour aside, his head modelling and ditto proportions became the living blue print of the standard description laid down dd ’83 by a OEMC sub committee comprised of three members,
ie - 1) Rev Wm James Mellor who purchased the puppy Crown Prince from his breeder Mr H K Woolmore, 2) Dr J Sidney Turner who bred four litters sired by ch Crown Prince, the last one dd '84 producing a/o ch Hotspur purchased by 3) Mr Walter K Taunton, arguably in order to complement (quite successfully) his ch Cardinal' bloodline. Given ch Crown Prince' apparent flaws, his stunning show career might be surprising, not to say the notion he was by far the most common name within the 3 generations pedigrees of Victorian show winners.
Thx to Mr Steve Oifer, of New Jersey USA, for revealing this wonderful image. The early Kennel Club Stud Books mention only two Mastiffs named Vulcan, both dark brindles. The owner of this Vulcan in stained glass must have been very proud of his dog, arguably due to the fact he was a great show winner.
In that case it certainly goes about Vulcan KCSB 6384 b ’74 & bred/owned by Mr John Lampitt, engineer of the Vulcan foundry Foundry Square Neithrop Banbury est ‘35 – Barry’ dau Bess ex Mr Hanbury’ ch Rajah -. Vulcan' maternal grandsire Barry was bred/owned by Mr Harry de Spencer Kingdon, the one who brought into publicity the Lyme Hall' stained glass window depicting a so-called Lyme Mastiff - see Lyme chapter -.
Vulcan was shown at Birmingham ’75 as ‘Murkim’ and got a 2nd prize at Crystal Palace '76. Four years later and owned by Mr Henry Cuthbert Joplin ‘60-28 of Grasmere Park Huyton nr Liverpool, he received a 1st at Manchester, 2nd at Farnworth, 1st Open Class & cup for best brindle at Alexandra Palace, and at Stratford-upon-Avon he was placed 1st - quote 'but afterwards disqualified for insufficient description' -. Mr Joplin was the son of Mr Henry Joplin '21-78, brewer of ‘Joplins Ales Brewery Co’ 106 to 200 London Rd Liverpool, and owner of many public houses. Young Henry C Joplin owned champion Deerhounds and St Bernards as well.
The KCSB mention no single show record of the other Vulcan No 6383 b '75 & bred by Exeter breeder Mr James Hutchings out of his Storm (by Cromwell) sired by the Wynne’ Brindled Pluto (Brenda ex ch King’ Monarch), and owned by Mr W L Ball of Little Thorne House Woodville nr Burton-on-Trent. Mr William Lawrence Ball b ‘46, of Little Thorne House Woodville nr Burton-on-Trent, and partner of ‘Messrs Ball’ common brewers & malsters.
At left – Mr Fred Gresham ’38-20, tanner/currier of Sheffield, journalist, breeder of St Bernards & Bloodhounds, and Mastiff judge many times, a/o at Crufts ’15. Centre – Crufts ’15 report – Prospector b ‘13 bred/owned by Miss Pope – Cleveland Leopold’ dau Countess Friska ex Mr R J Burch’ ch British Monarch –, Mr J B C Longstaff’ Mars b ’13 bred by Mr G Cook – Cleveland Monarch’ dau Lusitania ex Heatherville Duke -, British Princess b 12 bred/owned by Mr John O’Connell – Sam’ dau Islington Queen ex ch British Monarch -, Mr G Cook’ Adam’ Last b ’13 bred by Mr Wm Price – Dick Marton’ dau Lady Godiva ex Black Prince’ son Adam -, Mr Burch’ Galazora b ’11 bred by Mrs D Berry – Adam’ dau Shy Portia ex ch Felix’ brother Marton Dick - dam of ch Young Mary Bull & ch The Scarlet Pimpernel -, Batchworth Beauty, sis to ch Brompton Duke -, Ben-Ma-Chree b ’12 bred by Mrs D Berry – Batchworth Beauty ex ch British Monarch -, Miss Popes ch Lady Lieve’ dam Eve b ’12 bred by Mr A Arthur – ch Brompton Duchess ex ch Lidgett Viscount’ sire Brindled Prince -.
At right – Mr Horatio Bottomley’ ch Brompton Duke b '10 & bred by Cleveland breeder Mr George Cook – Adam’ brindle dau Felica ex Caractacus’ son Cleveland Leopold -. Other judge reports mention about him – ‘Moderate sized well-built dog but lacking Mastiff character, short muzzle, square stop but plain in face, too short in body, straight hocks and bad tail.’ One of his biggest critics was the then OEMC President Lt-Col Zaccheus Walker. Nonetheless ch Brompton Duke sired splendid breed ambassadors, a/o ch Young Mary Bull - see photo Miscellanea Six -, which mated to her brother Young John Bull, produced ch King Baldur, an upstanding one behind a lot of champion stock. Ch Youg Mary Bull' elder brother ch The Scarlet Pimpernel grandsired ch Ashenhurst Cedric, another influential stud. The reddish colour of ch Brompton Duke' sire Cleveland Leopold – see his picture on top of Miscellanea Eight - was controversial and it was rumoured that his maternal grand-dam Marton Lady carried St Bernard blood.
Dd Sept ’26 - Mr Albert Andrews ’45-26 J P & ex-Mayor of Stafford died on Saturday at the age of 81. He started work in the shoe trade at the age of 10, and walked from his native town Street in Somerset to Stafford, where he became a successful leather merchant and - facturer, retiring in 1920. – He bred six Mastiff litters between ’87-92. Two out of ch Montgomery’ dau Vistala sired by ch Beaufort, a/o ch Lord Stafford, ch Lady Florida & Mr CC Rice' Sir Stafford; one out of ch Florida mated back to her grandsire ch Montgomery which gave Montgomery I, maternal grandsire to ch Holland’ Black Boy & Am ch Black Peter; two out of ch Florida’ sis Lady Dora sired by ch Hotspur & Kaiser Frederick respectively, resulting in a) the prize winning Firefly & Schoolmaster b June '89 - at right frontpage cover of The Stock Keeper dd Aug 29th 1890 -, b) Vestala II; and finally one out of ch Jack Thyr' dau Amalaswintha sired by ch Lord Stafford, which gave the prize winning Mr A W Lucas’ Princess Staffordia & Ingestre owned by Dr John Harrison Oates ‘58-98 of Manor Place Dewsbury. - Schoolmaster got in '90 2nd prize Puppy class at KC Agricultural Hall, 3rd Puppy class at Gloucester and reportedly - 'good in skull but very bad in hind quarters' -, 2nd at Birkenhead, Edinburgh, & Crystal Palace, and 3rd at Birmingham.
At left – Miss Reid’ The Mhor b '30 & bred by Tiddicar breeder Mr Leonard Crook - ch Ashenhurst Cedric' dau Selene by ch Hellingly Ajax - and elder brother of Leon McLean and Crufts' winner Kinder Monarch; the photograph taken from the Crufts 34' catalogue mentions - 'A winner of over thirty prizes, chiefly in Variety Classes, included three times Best Non-Sporting. His chief wins in breed classes - 1st & 2nd at the SKC '32, three 3rd at Harrogate '33, two 1sts, second in Open and two specials at Essex '33.' Centre – Harrogate Big Breeds Canine Society Aug '34 - at left the judge Mr Nevile Walker Hall, ch Hellingly Cardinal, Mr Eric Newcombe’ ch Cleveland Hugo, and Miss S S Reid’ The Mhor. At right – Our Dogs Xmas Suppl’ advert dd Dec ’37 – Stenequoy, arguably being a contraction referring to Old Norse 'stene + quoy’, ie a stonewalled area enclosed for cultivation or raising livestock. - Miss Reid bred two litters, ie dd July ’34 out of ch Arolite’ dau Cleveland Benita sired by Cleveland Comedian – a/o Stenequoy Indulf owned by Ileden breeder Mrs Lilian Woods -, and dd dd Feb '35 out of ch Hellingly Joseph’ dau Trelyon Girl sired by ch Hellingly Marksman producing two US exports, ie Hellingly Monarch & H- Maud, the latter dam of Altnacraig Eric, paternal grandsire of Valiant Diadem.
Miss Sarah Skatte Reid born '12 at South Shields Durham, was a teacher of music & physical training, a/o director of Scottish Country Dancing at Logie Central School Blackness road Dundee. In ’36 her engagement was announced to Mr Morrison Gilbert Hope - son of Dr J Gilbert Hope of Royal Circus Edinburgh -, but seemingly the wedding did not go through as she adverted dd Dec ’37 her Stenequoy kennels as owned by Miss S S Reid; in ’38 she followed refresher teacher courses in Sweden. Miss S S Reid † in ’90. She was the daughter of Sea captain David Alexander Reid '79-31, of 2 Wood Terrace South Shields and The Anchorage Allendale, well-known in Tyne shipping circles, acting as the representative of the Baltic Trading Co and superintending the building of the Company’ vessels on the Clyde; his marriage announcement dd '09 mentions – Captain David Alexander Reid ‘ss Hyrcania’, eldest son of Mr William Reid, superintendent of the harbour works at Wick, to Barbara, youngest daughter of the late Mr John Angus of Toronto Canada.
At left - dd May ’34 – Miss Evelyn Nancy Dickin with ch Havengore Christopher’ paternal aunt Wyndley Boadicea b Oct ’29 & bred by Mr Bob Thomas – ch Menai Yosemite ex ch Havengore Bill -, and Thor b ’29 – ch Westcroft Blaise’ sis Kim Thundercloud Thunderer ex ch Menai Juno’ brother Menai Comet –. Advert dd Oct '38 – Mr Ocky White’ Druina b ’33 & bred by Miss Ianthe Bell – ch Havengore Bill’ grand-dau Ducia ex ch Uther Penarvon -, the latter’ photograph in the centre. Mrs Norah Dickin bred two litters sired by ch Uther Penarvon, and three sired by his sons, resp Goring Robert, The Druid’ brother Sir Timothy and Miss Greenwood’ Despot. At right – in front Sir Timothy’ son Goring Brockwell out of Deleval Paladin’ dau D- Deidre, and behind him Druina’ younger brother Broomcourt Defiant b ’35 & bred by Miss Bell.
Dd Aug ’39 - On the occasion of the Lancaster Dog Show, amongst Mr Guy Percival Greenwood’ prize-winning entries ch Uther Penarvon’ son & daughter Despot & Duchess, Despot’ dau Deleval Witch - out of Mrs Dickins Thor’ dau Deleval Sybilla – all three bred by Mrs N Dickin; another Lancaster prize winner was Boy Harold b Aug '37 & bred by Mr Harold H(orace) Burwood, of Wharfedale Wood Street Village nr Guildford – Deleval Hereward’ dau D- Boadicea ex ch Uther Penarvon –, and owned Mr Thomas Holt Wiseman Bank House Barrowford nr Mr Greenwood’ village Colne. Mr Wiseman was the son of Mr Robert Holt Wiseman, of Higherford Mill cotton spinners, who died in ’23 leaving £122,045. - At right - wedding dd March '34 of Mr Thomas Holt Wiseman b '00 & Miss Ruth Gough of Colne.
Article Sept ’92 about Mr Walter Kelsey Taunton '45-26 who bred ca twenty KCSB reg Mastiff litters between ’73 and ’94; his Kelsey kennels, incl Bloodhounds and an array of foreign breeds a/o the Esquimaux & Sharpei, were housed at Forest Gate, some seven miles East of Hatton Garden – London City; his kennelman being Mr J Powling.
Mr W K Taunton was the Hon Secretary of ‘The City of London Truss Society’ – 35 Finsbury Square - founded by his grandfather the philanthropist Dr John Taunton 1769–21, surgeon of Hatton Garden London. The Society’ objective was to relieve poor ruptured persons recommended by governors; by furnishing [under surgical direction] trusses for every kind of rupture, and bandages and necessary instruments for all cases of prolapsus; and by performing every necessary operation.
Mr W K Taunton' father Dr John Colley Taunton, surgeon, was a demonstrator [under Henry Cline] and a principal lecturer to the London Anatomical Society at Guy' Hospital (where also his son Walter’ friend Dr Sidney Turner did his medicine studies) before becoming Prosector of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons under Sir William Flower. Guy’ Hospital was founded in 1721 by Sir Thomas Guy [1644- 1724], a publisher who had made a fortune in the South Sea Bubble which occurred through overheated speculation in the South Sea company shares during 1720; the price collapsed the same year. At right – Mr W K Taunton' father Dr John Colley Taunton '06-58.
Kepler b Oct ‘79 & bred by Mr W K Taunton - ch Wolsey’ paternal niece Vixen ex ch Cardinal – was owned by Dr Wm Francis, of The Manor House Richmond Surrey, who married Mr W K Taunton’ elder sis Miss Isabella Gray. The dark brindle ‘Kepler’ was probably named after Johannes Kepler 1571-‘30, German mathematician, astronomer & astrologer, best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion. The KCSB mention Kepler only once, namely as 1st prize winner at Eastbourne '81. Kepler' drawing by artist Stephen Thomas Dadd '58-17 was published in 'The Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News' mag dd September '81.
Dr William Francis’ Kepler sired a ‘Kelsey’ litter dd Oct ’84 out of ch Cardinal’ dau Cleopatra; their son Selwood, owned by Mr F Edinger of 2 Fromefield Frome Selwood – Somerset , got a 1st prize at Frome while their daughter Mr W K Taunton’ Brentwood produced a litter dd Aug ’88 sired by ch Hotspur; their brindle son Carshalton King, regularly campaigned by WK Taunton until ’95, won a/o 1st prizes in ’92 at Preston & Sheffield. Captain Leonard Piddocke reported in ’90 – ‘3rd Carshalton King has imperfect fore legs but in other respects he is a good dog; he has a grand skull, the muzzle though long is heavy, a good body, loins & hindquarters.’ - Mr C C Rice wrote in ’92 – ‘3rd Carshalton King is a good brindle, grand in skull but poor in underjaw; massive in body but does not move well.' - In ’93 Captain Piddocke judged him again and wrote - ‘2nd Carshalton King is a good allround dog with good body & skull but is too long in muzzle.’
The last decade the Old English Mastiff Club estd 1883 was utmost unfortunate being offended by people with an agenda to dram down her throat the pied hype. There was the Oliver Cup - see centre - donated to the OEMC in 1928 by the Hellingly breeders Mr/Mrs Oliver which disappeared since the AGM dd April '08 when it was awarded to Fearnought breeder Mr Glynn Payne and which - dd end ‘12 - still remains in his possession, despite requests from each subsequent committee for its return.
On top of this comes the 'Mr Stephen Pass' case which approaches its very end, ie 1) dd 18th April ‘ 19 - at Winchester Crown Court Mr Stephen Pass was sentenced to 3 years in prison. The offence was fraud - between 1/9/2012 - 13/3/2018 - by Abuse of Position (OEMC Treasurer '12-17 and its President '17-18), and dd 13th June ‘19 Proceeds of crime hearing - 'A Confiscation Order has been granted by the Court against Mr Stephen Pass and he has been ordered to pay £110,940.55 to the OEMC within 3 months. As the repayment is dependent on the sale of his house, and currently no offers have been made, it may take longer than 3 months. If this is the case Stephen Pass can return to court to request extra time. The maximum extension the court could grant would be a further 3 months. If Stephen Pass does not pay the compensation within the time specified the court can impose 12 months imprisonment. Inflation (ca factor 100) aside, this fraud size almost corresponds to the fraud done by Hellingly breeder Mr Edmund Gifford Oliver eighty years earlier on – see article hereabove. At right - a rare photograph of ch Hollesley Medicine Man bred by Mrs Pamela Day, OEMC President between ’78-96, and owned by Mrs Phil Greenwell who succeeded her as OEMC President until 2007. Next Presidents were Mr Graham Hicks - '11, Mr Raymond Boatwright - 12, Mrs Julia Manfredi - '17, Mr Stephen Pass himself until '18 (btw Mrs Julia Manfredi' mother' maiden name was Brenda Pass who married at Sheffield, birthplace of Mr Stephen Pass, as such arguably Mrs Manfredi' cousin), and Mr John Rischmiller who recently resigned due to ill health.
The time that the UK was world-wide the Number One in providing quality stock seems to be over, but it's to be hoped the OEMC can regain its former authentic status (including a stunning history) as one of the oldest UK breed clubs. In that sense, the extraordinary breed archive (incl Miss Barbara Blackstone' legacy thereto) left by the late Mr Graham Hicks - a/o OEMC archivist - and originally taken over by the Pass family, needs - if not yet done - to return to where it belongs, the Old English Mastiff Club.
At left – page example dd March ’05 of Man’ Best Friend – a sixteen paged plentiful illustrated semi-monthly journal - managed and edited by Mr Charles Houseman Mason ’51-32 since July ’01, and running at least till ’07. The article re the Boston Dog Show confirms the downfall of the breed around the time the Bostonian old-timer Mr Chas A Lougest '38-07 disappeared from the show scene. One of his last show Mastiffs was his Am ch Black Peter', reportedly, best son, ie The Emperor. The photograph - see centre - publ in a local newspaper and subtitled 'The Emperor owned by Dr C A Lougest & 1st prize winner in the Mastiff class at the New York dog show', shows a remarkable likeness to the photograph - see here at right - taken from the Dutch Count Henri de Bylandt' book 'Les Races de Chiens' and presenting Mr Robt Leadbetter' ch Marksman. In case both photographs present the same dog, I'd give the benefit of doubt to the latter because the book contains - exception proves the rule - merely dogs bred in Europe, and secondly its provenance, reportedly the then renowned UK journal 'Dog Owner' Annual'.
At age of retirement Mr Charles H Mason came back to England as the ‘Manchester Evening News’ dd Sept ’15 mentions a/o – ‘Any other variety, dog or bitch – Sporting, C H Mason, Clayton ; 2, Joseph Smith, New Dykes. Non-sporting, C H Mason, Clayton ; 2, Mark Thewlis, Dewsbury. Extra prizes — Dog or bitch in any class, C H Mason. Above at right – article dd Oct ’13 - His residence Kennelworth at Kenilworth nr Leamington housed in ’15 the North Warwickshire Hounds, and arguably connected with the person of Mr Mason himself. –
Article about a document dd January 1783 producing some joker. - At right – A white blazed Mastiff-like specimen in the company of Mr Charles Edward Louis Casimir 1720-88 aka Bonnie Charlie the Young Pretender painted by Mr Allan Ramsay in 1745. The property of the author.’ Source - Mr Edmund Giffard Oliver‘ article ‘The Mastiff was popular in the 18th century’ published in the Kennel Gazette May ’37. Although the 1st Art Gallery Inc NY claims it's the portrait of Lord Glenorchy aka Scottish diplomat and politician John Campbell 1696-82 painted dd 1720 by the artist Enoch Seeman 1694-44.
At left – dd Feb ’30 A drawing by Mrs Wanda Hazel August née Gág ‘93-46 illustrating the story of ‘Hound of Heaven’ by Mrs Sarah Reid née Addington '91–40, newspaper journalist and author of children' books; she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College in Richmond Indiana and studied at Columbia University. During her later life, she made her home in New York City. – Other Works - The Boy Who Lived in Pudding Lane: Being a True Account, If Only You Believe It, of the Life and Ways of Santa, Oldest Son of Mr & Mrs Claus dd ’22, Pied Piper of Pudding Lane dd '23, Round the Year in Pudding Lane dd ’24, Pudding Lane People dd '26, Jerry Juddkins dd ’26, Tommy Tingle Tangle dd ’27, Grammar Town dd ’27, and Dance Team dd ’31. - At right - Article dd Dec ’32 re the brindle Tiger, claimed to be a Great Dane bred by the Trappist monks of Winnipeg, but rather shows Mastiff characteristics in width of skull and chest, and of coat colour.
Above at right - Photograph & article dd Dec ’32 re the brindle dog 'Tiger', owned by the Canadian Dr James Buttard Goldstone, naturopathic physician of Winnipeg, particularly Mayfair Ave situated next to the banks of the Assiniboine river. Tiger, claimed to be a Great Dane, shows Mastiff characteristics in width of skull and chest, and of coat colour. - Re the article by Mr Albert F Terhune – Between the bottom of column 2 and top of column 3, the missing text reads - 'loud cracks. Peter' ninety-five pounds of weight and Tiger' hundred and forty pounds had been too much for the sheet of decaying ice. Thirty feet off shore, boy and'. -
The breeder(s) of Tiger were reportedly 'the Trappist monks of St Norbert' monastery', which was located at Winnipeg as well. Quote - 'Monsignor Ritchot, parish priest of St Norbert and Archbishop Taché of St Boniface, invited five Cistercians, of the Trappist Order from the Abbey of Bellefontaine France, to establish a monastery here in 1892. The community was named Our Lady of the Prairies. The Romanesque Revival church was built in '03-04 and the connecting monastic wing in 1905. The guesthouse was erected in 1912 on the foundations of the first church building. This self-sufficient monastery included milking barns, stables, granaries, butter and cheese factory, bakery, apiary, shoemaker’ shop, forge, sawmill, cannery, and greenhouses.'
Winnipeg Tribune July ‘37 - 'Death of Expert Who Made St Norbert Stud Famous Leaves no one to carry on his work. - Scattered widely over the North American continent are 130 specimens of the grand strain of Great Dane dogs bred by the Trappist fathers at St Norbert Monastery.
The entire stock, except one pair, were sold this spring. They went to Canadian cities, to Hollywood, New York, Los Angeles,' Kansas City, Oklahoma, and all sections of the United States, bringing prices ranging from $25 to $100 each.
The older of these dogs undoubtedly will become lonesome for the kindly voice and firm bearing of Brother Albert, who for many years watched over their welfare from puppyhood to maturity. Brother Albert for two years has lain beneath a plain white cross in the monastery cemetery and his beloved dogs have found new gods. Only Bob von der Klausenburg and his consort Princess von der Klausenburg remain with their litter of four puppies. The Trappist fathers have quit the commercial breeding of dogs, and Winnipeggers will find a puppy for sale only occasionally. The two older dogs will be kept to act as night watchmen in the monastery grounds.
Mist Friend - Bob has become morose and is perfecty qualified as a watchdog. During Brother Albert’ regime every dog in the kennels could be approached by a stranger, but now Bob allows no liberties. The younger Princess is an amiable lady who preserves the old spirit and will frolic with anybody. Father Ignatius now cares for the dogs and puppies. But his duties in the cheese factory occupy most of his time, for the factory has recently gone into production again, after being closed since 1932.' - At left - father Ignatius and the St Norbert monastery' harlequin Bob at Winnipeg.
At left - Article dd May ’74. - In April ‘97 the Board of Agriculture entered on a systematic attempt to exterminate rabies. The plan was to enforce muzzling over large areas in which the disease existed, and to maintain it after the occurrence of the last case for six months. In spite of much opposition and criticism, this was resolutely carried out under Mr Walter Hume Long aka Viscount of Wraxall '54-24, the responsible Minister and President of the Board of Agriculture from ‘95 until ’00. By the spring of '99 the disease had disappeared in Great Britain, except for one area in Wales; and, with this exception, muzzling was everywhere relaxed in October ’99.
One of the consequences was the vanishing of Dutch Fanciers at British shows, as a/o Messrs Louis Dobbelman of Rotterdam, E P Meyer & Gerbrand Deetman, both of The Hague, who were regulars exhibitors in the years ‘96/97 with their prize-winning Mastiffs as p ex the siblings Am ch Black Peter, ch Holland’ Black Boy & Gladys – Montgomery II’ dau Maid of The Wye ex Tom Bowling’ son Jonathan -, Eldee Duchess & her brother Eldee Duke – see at right -, out of Maid of The Wye ex Am ch Minting’ paternal nephew Rotterdam Max -.
At left - Mr H J White’ Goodbreed Caesar b Feb '27 - Photo from OEMC Handbook issued Jan ‘29; his brother Goodbreed Mattesdon was exported to the US and their dam Westcroft Flavia, by ch Ashenhurst Cedric, was purchased by the Hellingly breeder Mrs Jessie W Oliver. - Dd May ’34 Mr H J White put up his Walverden Faith b ’30 - Wantley Bretwalda Maid ex ch Benvolio - for inclusion in the Bradford Appeal Fund auction sale - see her photo half-way this page - ; 2nd column - dd Crufts Feb ’52; 3rd column dd March '39; - at right dd June ’50 – the photograph shows at extreme left Mr Henry James White, Bradford Chairman of the Leeds & Bradford Aerodrome Committee. Mr White judged Mastiffs several times, the last at Richmond ’59 awarding the cc to ch Havengore Hotspot b Feb ’58 – res Wythybush Crispin; the bitch cc to Weyacres Lincoln’ dau Parcwood Olwen and res cc Crispin’ dau Wythybush Isrid. Mr Henry James White, a freeman and Lord Mayor of Bradford dd ‘54/55, died in May ’61 - aged 63.
Dec’ 36 – Mastiff fancier Mr Nevill Walker Hall ’75-36, of Hughenden Leicester road Nuneaton, was accidentally drowned while fishing at Coombe Pool - Coombe Abbey Coventry – ca ten mls S of Nuneaton. His broods Nuneaton Molly & Nuneaton Grey b Aug ’98 were bred by Mr John O’Connell - out of Hidalgo’ Queen Mary sired by ch Hotspur’ son Coeur de Lion -. The Lion & Wallace litters aside, Molly produced another one sired by Hector owned by Lord Howe of Gopsall Hall, amongst them Nuneaton Hector which sired Pinxton Pride, dam of a/o the well-known Stapleford stud Pedro & his son Stapleford Agrippa. Molly’ brother Caractacus became famous as the pedigreed sire of Cleveland Leopold who’s behind first-class show stock.
Mr N Walker Hall' bred/owned Nuneaton Lion b '03 – ch Hotspur’ granddau Nuneaton Molly ex Tom Bowling’ son Mellnotte - got in '04 three res cc awards, beaten by ch Czar Peter (2x) and ch Hazlemere Archie. An advert dd '06 mentions - 'Send for stud card of that massive Old English Mastiff Nuneaton Lion, tallest and biggest-headed dog now being shown, big winner, most successful sire with perfect temper - fee £3.' - Nuneaton Lion sired Cleveland breeder Mr George Cook' 1st Mastiff champion, ie Felix b '06 - see at right - ; Lion thereby grandsired Galazora, dam of ch The Scarlet Pimpernel, ch Young Mary Bull and Young John Bull ***.
Nuneaton Lion belongs to arguably the most important paternal line of those very few ones which survived WWII, ie from ch Crown Prince down to G1 ch Orlando G2 Orlando II G3 ch Ogilvie G4 Tom Bowling G5 Mellnotte - G6 Nuneaton Lion G7 Felix G8 Heatherville Duke G9 Count Willington G10 Adamite G11 Ashenhurst Duke G12 ch Ashenhurst Cedric G13 Sadberge Duke G14 ch Arolite G15 Saxondale Brutus G15 Saxondale Buster G16 Alters Big Jumbo G17 Parkhurst Emblem G18 Parkhurst Rufus G19 Heatherbelle Sterling Silver G20 Wythybush Magnus G21 Weyacres Lincoln G22 Copenore Jason, the latter pedigree-wise by far the most influential ancestor of quality stock in the early post-WWII era. Regarding the pre-WWII era - Interestingly three of them were bred by Cleveland breeder Mr George Cook - Marton Middlesbrough, ie ch Felix, Adamite & Ashenhurst Duke, two by a) Captain Leonard Piddocke - Ross-on-Wye, ie ch Ogilvie & his son Tom Bowling, and b) by Mr Geo Joice - Middleton-St-George, ie Heatherville Duke & his G6 son ch Arolite.
Note - Another WWII surviving stud line is ch Crown Prince G1 ch Orlando' younger brother ch Hotspur G2 Coeur de Lion G3 Caractacus G4 Cleveland Leopold G5 ch Brompton Duke G6 Young John Bull *** G7 ch King Baldur G8 Wantley King Baldur G9 ch Hellingly Joseph G10 Hellingly King Baldur G11 Hellingly King G 12 Altnacraig Eric G13 Knockrivoch Hector G14 Valiant Diadem.
Mr Hall owned Hazlemere ch’s Ronald’ & Bess’ maternal half-sis Nuneaton Lioness bred by Mr Rylands - Lady Winifred ex Nuneaton Zeb -. Mr Edgar Allen bred from Nuneaton Lioness’ sis New York Belle a litter sired by ch Peter Piper’ son Kruger, which produced a/o Mr Wm Rylands’ Archduke, ‘brindle and white’.
He purchased ‘Michael’ b Feb ’30 from Cinque Ports breeder Mrs Frances Samuelson and showed him as a youngster a/o at LKA May ’31 where Cleveland breeder Mr Herbert Cook gave him 1st Junior – ‘Good head , bone, legs and feet, should finish well.’ - but Mr Hall transferred him back to his breeder dd Oct ’31 who made him up in ’32 via Crufts, Sheffield & Crystal Palace.
His Mastiff judgings at cc level were - in ’27 ch Prince & ch Beechwood Queen ;’28 ch Bulger & ch Wantley Joy; in ’30 ch Hellingly Joseph & Hellingly Lady Here; in ’32 ch Hellingly Ajax & ch Cinque Ports Michael’ sis Jennifer Jane; and finally dd Oct ’36 at the Crystal Palace KC Show ch Hellingly King Baldur & ch Hellingly Beta. Five out of the ten cc's awarded were Mastiffs owned by the Hellingly breeders Mr/Mrs Oliver of Bedale Hall - Yorks.
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