I’ve loved shooting for over forty years, and, ever since bagging my first woodpigeon (sitting!) at the age of fifteen, have thrilled to the challenge – especially of wild birds – that the sport provides.
I’ve also written extensively about the history of the sport – in the last few years mainly in the excellent Fieldsports magazine.
While researching the rise of driven game shooting in the second half of the 19th century, I wondered why there was so little information about the ‘greats’ of the period, and, especially, why there was no biography of the greatest shot of all – Lord de Grey, later the 2nd Marquis of Ripon, whose meticulous records showed that he had killed well over 500,000 head of game during his lifetime.
So I decided to write one myself…