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The Lathom Remount Depot of WWI



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Read a moving account of the huge number of horses and mules that were shipped across the English Channel during World War One to play such an important role in the war. Many of them had already crossed the Atlantic to join their UK cousins in the UK remount depots. Ron has sourced accounts written just a few years after the war describing the care and selection of these equines, along with insights into quotidian life, both military and civilian, in and around the Lathom Remount Depot in Ormskirk, Lancashire (UK).

The Flying Whip: The Story of Braithwaite 'Brait' Wilson and the Ullswater Foxhounds

The Flying Whip : The Story of Braithwaite 'Brait' Wilson and the Ullswater Foxhounds

Approx 52000 words.

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The story of Braithwaite “Brait” Wilson is incomplete despite considerable research and many emails and phone calls. His war records were bombed by the Luftwaffe in the Second World War and it is impossible to even find out in which of the Liverpool Battalions he served, let alone where he served and what might have happened to him, which may give a clue as to the reason for some of his subsequent behaviour in later years.
This book is the product of much research in libraries, family history sites and hunting reports. Parts of his story are a blank for the simple reason that although most of his hunting activities were recorded, most of the rest of his life was not; but I hope this book will help fill in a few gaps about Brait and the times in which he lived.

The Ullswater Foxhounds 1914-1965: The Next 50 Years

The History of the Ullswater Foxhounds 1914-1965 Part Two

by Ron Black with Jean Walton and Jean Gidman.

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Part Two of a planned trilogy mapping the history of the Cumbrian (UK) Ullswater Foxhounds using contemporary reports and featuring hunstmen George Salkeld, Joe Bowman, Braithwaite Wilson, Joe Wear and Anthony Barker. This is a collection of contemporary hunting reports and other 'doings', each one unique in its own way and a window through which can be viewed a world now long gone.

Bobby Troughton & the Kendal Otter Hounds

Bobby Troughton & the Kendal Otter Hounds

by Ron Black and George Stewart.

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This collection of records, from court appearances to grand rescues, gives an insight into the character, humour and struggles of Robert “Bobby” Troughton, 1835-1912, a man who left a legacy in the town of Kendal in Cumbria (UK), with his construction work, as well as his passion for otter hunting and establishing one of the foremost hunting packs in the otter hound world.

Hunting Songs - The Lakeland Fell Packs

Hunting Songs - The Lakeland Fell Packs


A collection of traditional hunting songs from the six Lakeland fell packs, collected and introduced by Ron Black, edited and illustrated by Wendy Fraser.
Published: June 27, 2011. Words: 17092 (approx).

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The Lunesdale & Oxenholme Staghounds - A History

The Lunesdale & Oxenholme Staghounds - A History

Published: July 14, 2011. Words: 21703 (approx).

A concise and informative account of a pack of hounds from 1880 to 1939 who operated in the South Lakes and were followed by the minor gentry of the area.

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The Mardale Hunt - A History

The Mardale Hunt - A History

Published: May 20, 2012. Words: 43219 (approx).
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Using material written at the time and original photographs, this book tells the story of the annual Shepherds' Meet and hunting activities that for centuries took place in the now flooded Mardale valley.

Lakeland Hunting Memories - Volume One

Lakeland Hunting Memories - Vol One - available as an e book

Short Introductory eBook to Ron's writing.
Published: June 06, 2011. Words: 3515 (approx).

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Lakeland Hunting Memories - Volume Two

Lakeland Hunting Memories - Vol Two - available as an e book

Published: Dec. 18, 2012. Words: 24360 (approx).

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The Lunesdale & Oxenholme Staghounds - A History

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The Lunesdale & Oxenholme Staghounds - A History

Published: July 2011
Words: 21703 (approx)

Today, the Lunesdale and Oxenholme Staghounds are consigned to history and for the most part forgotten. The deer they chased, including Lion and Mabel, have gone to that great rutting ground in the sky. The horses, among them White Wine and Lionel, push up the grass instead of grazing it, and the sound of the horn and halloa has been replaced by the rumble of traffic and the high-speed train.

The printed edition is now sold out but there is an eBook available from :Amazon : Smashwords : and other ebook retailers.