1961 - 1962 Joint Master with Lady Boothby.
1962 - 1967 Joint Master with Mr John Cory.
1967 - 1980 Master.
1980 - 1991 Joint Master with Mrs Anthony Martyn joined in 1986 by Mr Huw Jones and Mr Michael Thomas.
Hunted hounds from 1961 - 1986.
Ant's Diaries. 1961
Ant kept diaries of every day that he hunted hounds, with the scent conditions, numbers of people out, horses that he rode, details of hunts etc. When he took the Glamorgan in 1961 the kennels were moved from Penllyn to the present Kennels at Llandough. This extract is the first page of his Mastership of the Glamorgan, which gives an insight into summer work at the kennels.
1st May. Moving hounds today. Two loads in the old hound lorry lent to us by Jack Thomas and one in my trailer. Also three loads of equipment etc. Fortunately a fine day.
2nd May. Diplomat 6 yrs old grey gelding and Melody 7 yrs chestnut gelding arrived from Brian Thompson by train. Took them to the kennels and turned them out in Evan Cadwgan’s field behind the kennels. Owing to the stormy weather they must be brought in at night.
10th May. Point-to-Point at Penllyn, the first race at 5.30. A beautiful evening with good racing and a good gate. Mike rode Diplomat and Jack Howlett Roulette.
11th May. Took out 5 of Guiltless’s puppies.
13th May. Judged the Castleton Beagles puppy show. One outstanding bitch.
24th May. Traveller an unentered doghound has Yellows. Took 4 of Winkle’s puppies out to walk.
28th May. Traveller died of Yellows.
5th June. Wormed all the hounds today with Coopers worm capsules – 4 each.
28th June. Hounds now looking considerably better – still on walking exercise. Beresfords keeping up a reasonable supply of flesh. Received from Ivor Treharne Ltd 5 tons + ½ cwt of oats at 22/-.
1st July. Machen Show. Won entered Doghounds with Barrister’ 60, unentered Doghounds with Sportsman, 3rd with Spaniard. Entered 1st Lovely, 2nd Bertha, 3rd Bella ‘59. Won the couples with Bertha and Bella, the terrier class with Mick and the Championship with Lovely ’58.
4th July. Puppy Show at
5th July. Started hound exercise with Roulette and Gwyn White’s pony. 7.30 start, back at 8.45, all went very well.
31st July. Hound exercise at 7am to practice for Barry Show.
3rd August. Hunt meeting at the Bear Cowbridge to discuss the organization of the country. Al went well except for an outburst from a senior member who seemed quite reasonable afterwards.
4th August. Hunt Club ball at Ewenny Priory which was a great success.
9th August. Barry Show. Roulette went particularly well and was 2nd in the Cob class though pulled in 1st. Diplomat was 3rd of four in the Hacks. Hounds were very well in the parade but Diplomat napped like mad making it quite difficult. Somehow we managed to get away with it – more or less! He was completely confused by the noise, people , jumps etc.
18th August. Diplomat fell on the road – not his fault. We were trying to retrieve a pullet from Sportsman, Not too much damage done except to the pullet but he will not be fit to show at Cowbridge.
23rd August. Cowbridge Show. A cool day with a few showers in the afternoon. Roulette went like a dream and won the cob class. Hounds paraded well – all keen and active, everyone including me was delighted.
26th August. 6am Welsh St. Donats – cubhunting.
Ant's Diaries. September 61 - March 63
Season 64 - 65
Season 1964 – 1965
30th January – Halvaes 35 mounted. Wind at last westerly – scent catchy. Found a brace in Coedarhydyglyn and marked one to ground in the big earth, which was supposed to have been stopped. Drew Halvaes blank but a fox had been there and hounds were holloaed on by Homri Dingle. They ran down the valley, turning right towards Ty-fry then back up the hill, over the lane and on to Halvaes where Vanquish was seen hunting on below Caia farm. I held the rest on and they crossed the Homri lane, left handed of the old camp to Cottrell. Hunting behind the house they dropped down the hill to the waterworks covert, through this and over the road towards the Ely. They now ran hard to Maesaraul where our fox was headed and hunted back past Tyn-y-pwll, over the road and up the hill to Logwood. Haydn Edwards saw him onto the road at the top but he fooled us by running the road left-handed before crossing the fields to the Gaer. This took some sorting out but soon recovering the line hounds ran through the Gaer and down the hill to
26th March - Wenvoe to finish the season.
A beautiful day, mild with rather bright sunshine and a nice westerly breeze. A good crowd at the meet and a field of 35. A cap was taken for the British Field Sport Society and made £21.19.6. Wenvoe Wood was blank. Beech Wood held as usual, crossed to Nant Bran, he was headed, and turned back through the covert, past the farm and on downhill by the old lodge to
Fiona Martyn – I hope that this gives an idea of how much country was able to be hunted and how much easier it was to have good hunts with points in 1965.
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