Master of the Buckhounds

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Master of the Buckhounds; Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblesdale by John Singer Sargent, 1902, National Gallery in London

The Master of the Buckhounds was an officer in the Master of the Horse's department of the British Royal Household. The holder was also His/Her Majesty's Representative at Ascot. It was a political office, so the holder, who was always a nobleman, changed with every change of government. The office was abolished by the Civil List Act 1901. (A buckhound is smaller than a staghound and used for coursing the smaller breeds of deer, especially fallow deer.)

Masters of the (Privy) Buckhounds[edit]

The Privy Buckhounds were created in 1536 to provide for a hunting pack overseen by a Royal appointee rather than a hereditary officer.

Hereditary Masters of the Buckhounds[edit]

The "hereditary" mastership appears to have been a serjeanty associated with the Manor of Little Weldon. It was held in the Brocas family until 1633, when it was sold to the Watson family.

The pack of the Hereditary Master was merged with that of the Privy Master in 1706 and the office ceased.