Hare Hunting Meeting

Reported in the Pembroke Herald and General Advertiser

9th November 1877


This splendid little pack met at Rosemarket on Saturday last, and afforded excellent sport to a very large body of pedestrians. The friends of hare hunting at Rosemarket had determined that the Master (Mr Lort Phillips) should derive some amusement from his visit, and had therefore kept a watchful eye upon Puss, [note:  "Puss" is a hunting term for a hare] who had been observed before the arrival of the pack in her seat on the moors. 

Piloted by Mr William Morris, of Croft Farm—a safe guide in hare and foxhunting in his locality—the Master brought the hounds to the moors. Puss was immediately started, and running away for Bastleford, turned eastward, and made for Trooper's Inn. After crossing the Pembroke road, the hare made for Nash, but being evidently out of her latitude, she turned back for the pastures of Rosemarket, and running down to Moor bottoms, got into a furze covert, where there were rabbits.

Here Puss derived some advantage, and it was the only occasion on which the little dogs received any help. After considerable dodging, our hare was seen stealing back for the moors, and the pack being put on her track, they went away across the open in full view of the crowds of spectators, who had by this time become somewhat excited and lively.

Puss on reaching the place where she had been put up, unexpectedly disappeared, and the hounds came to a stop in the moor. Suddenly, the hare jumped up in the midst of the pedestrians, and full of running went across the open country for Troopers' Inn; turning again for Rosemarket, she ran across the Big House farm and on to the Beacon, where the shouts of the spectators obliged her again to change her course.

After making another circle of the moors, she was pulled down on fair ground near the spot where she was first found. The run lasted two hours and ten minutes, the hare fully earning the best character for pluck and endurance. There were no horses in the fold: the Master managed the pack on foot in admirable style, being thoroughly well up in his duties, and always well in with the hounds. Mr Phillips's first visit to this side of the water has given great satisfaction he received a cordial welcome, and a wish is universally expressed that he may often appoint his fixtures on the Haverfordwest side of the Haven.