actually they were few in number but found all over the place as the following reports will show
ITONFIELD FOX HUNT
A greyhound fox (the largest ever known to have been caught in this part of the Country) will be let off near to BROADFIELD HORSE, on Thursday 4th January 1821 at 11 o’clock in the Forenoon. The hounds of E Hasell and F Vane, Esqrs, will attend.
CARLISLE PATRIOT 30TH DECEMBER 1820
The lovers of the chase among our good citizens and neighbourhood will learn with pleasure, that Mr C Cross intends catering for their amusement by turning out tomorrow (Thursday) at Chapel Farm, Thorveton, a fine greyhound dog fox at half past ten. We wish them a fine day and a good run.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser, Thursday, January 11, 1844;
The cub killed was a good specimen of the old Forest breed, the greyhound fox of which this country has an abundance, and nothing can speak more in favour of the fox preserving and farmers hereabouts than the declaration of Jem Hills that during the 17 years he has hunted the country (1) they have never imported a single fox from other countries.
(1) He is speaking of the Heythrop Hounds
JACKSON’S OXFORD JOURNAL 7TH AUGUST 1852
“Away they went for ? Plantation, and the dogs had not been in the cover two minutes before a fine greyhound fox was started from his hiding place, broke the cover and made on at a rattling pace for Barn Farm.”
The Royal Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth Packet, and General Advertiser Wednesday, January 30, 1863
UPTON CHEYNEY- A fine greyhound dog fox was shot early on Tuesday morning by Mr James Wilson, who caught it in the act of visiting his poultry yard. It is a pity his Grace the Duke of Beaufort does not hunt this quarter oftener, as foxes are so very numerous.
The Bristol Mercury (Bristol, England), Saturday, October 23, 1869
DEPREDATIONS OF A FOX – A few days ago Mr Matthew Lewis, of the Park, near Bridgend, was much annoyed by the ravages committed amongst his poultry. He adopted means to secure the plunderer, and on Sunday last he was successful in capturing a fine vixen fox of the greyhound species. During the visits paid his poultry, Reynard managed to destroy the large number of 83 fowls and 19 couple of ducks. CAMBRIAN
The Morning Post (London), Tuesday 3RD August 1841
Brayford was the fixture for the 27th. The master arrived with 21 couples of hounds at eleven. A move was made to draw the coverts between Brayford and Challacombe, but they did not respond to the call, so the master decided to draw the open moor near Moles Chamber. Hounds were no sooner on the heath than they got on a fresh drag, and the master’s ye soon viewed away a brace of the wild Exmoor “greyhound foxes.”
The report is of Mr Connock Marshall’s Foxhounds
North Devon Journal - Thursday 05 February 1885
In the hilly country such as the Scottish Highlands the shepherd will also have to see that the flock is not attacked by the large greyhound foxes which are much bolder than those of the shires, and will tease a ewe with twin offspring all night long, trying to make it back over the edge of a precipice.
Aberdeen Evening Express - Monday 22 March 1886
NORWEGEN FOXES – It is stated that Norwegian foxes are by far the best foreigners to turn away. They are much bigger than their English relatives, long in the leg like the old greyhound foxes of Dartmoor and Wales, and put together quite in the form for going. A gentleman brought a few cubs from Norway, and turned them away in the Burton country, Only one has turned up, but he gave the hounds a rare gallop for an hour, when they bowled him over.
York Herald 12TH JANUARY 1874
A return was then made to Easby, and a fine greyhound fox broke away from behind the parsonage house.
(The Zetland Hunt)
NORTHERN ECHO 30TH OCTOBER 1883
On Saturday morning last, a fine old greyhound fox was found by the workmen, drowned in a lime pit, in the yard of Mrs. Smith, skinner, Chester-le-Street.
The Newcastle Courant etc (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Saturday, October 18, 1828;
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