Capt. Ian Farquhar L.V.O., M.F.H.

Captain Ian Farquhar is retiring from the Mastership of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt at the end of the season after 34 years. Many people will wish to show their appreciation for the work he has done for the Hunt and a bank account has been opened to accumulate funds If you would like to donate electronically, the account details are Sort Code: 30-92-06, Account: 07723839, IBAN: GB19LOYD30920607723839. If contributing on line, please ensure the reference includes your name and initials.
Please email to say that you have done so.
Alternatively cheques in favour of The TCF Fund can be sent to Myra Chappell at The Cottage, Hawkesbury Common, Badminton, South Gloucestershire, GL9 1BW. Please send S.A.E. if you require a receipt and again so your payment can be acknowledged please also confirm by email to
Also if you have anecdotes of Ian that you would like shown on this page, please send them to - Jo Aldridge

Acknowledged as one of the great MFH`s of his generation, and over a career spanning nearly half a century, there can be few people who have had a greater influence on the art of hunting hounds, their breeding, or the conduct of the sport.. Whether giving encouragement to young huntsmen and professionals, introducing new blood lines or judging at hound and puppy shows, or whilst Vice Chairman of the Masters of Foxhounds Association from 2005 – 2016 there can be very few hunts with which he has not come into contact during the past 50 years. Perhaps above all else it was following the passing of the Hunting Act in 2004 and the years immediately afterwards when the very future of hunting lay in the balance that his leadership proved so vital. Indeed, the single-minded dedication with which he has given his life to the cause of hunting, ably supported by his wife Pammie-Jane, has been hugely influential and central to the ongoing success of trail hunting in the 21st Century. Given this outstanding record it is hardly surprising that so many people have asked how best they can show their appreciation. See above for details.

In terms of celebratory events the Duke of Beaufort will host a special `Thank you to the Captain meet at Badminton on Friday 8th of February 2019 (all visitors welcome but please apply to the Secretary at ). On the 31st May 2019 the Duke will also be hosting a drinks party at Badminton House in honour of Captain Farquhar to which those who have donated are invited. However, in order to separate the donations from the celebrations and to keep costs down it is likely that we will need to make a modest charge for this event. Further details will follow.
  • Michael Clayton, former Editor of Horse and Hound:
    "David Beaufort, the 11th Duke, who was himself an experienced hunting man, never regretted his decision to appoint Ian to the key role, always giving him staunch support . The Duke affirmed that “Ian fulfilled all my expectations: a great huntsman, a wonderful breeder of hounds, and, above all, a marvellous leader who has the knack of getting on with everyone in the country.”
  • For full article in Hounds Magazine, October 2018, Click here
  • For article in Country Life 24th October 2018 - "Blowing for home", Click here
  • A Reminicence from Snippet Innes a former Master of the Buccleuch who used to come down and hunt with Beaufort. It highlights the help that Ian Farquhar gave to others at a critical time.
    "I have had a talk with Trevor (Trevor Adams, fomer master/huntsman) about Ian. We cannot remember a day’s hunting he had up here but he did judge our Puppy Show when the new kennels were opened. He was also huge encouraging when we were first banned in 2002. He was one of the first to invite us down with our hounds. This so helped with subscriptions as no one was allowed on the trips unless they paid up which really kick started our funds. It was such a very hard time and he was just fantastic. The farmers from the Thursday country still remind me whenever I am hunting with you how well our hounds hunted."